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  • What's the US goal in Iraq? Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 11:54 AM ET
    Members loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) wave ISIL flags as they drive around Raqqa June 29, 2014.

    To the Islamic State, Obama's indecision reads as weakness, says ex-State Dept adviser David Phillips. The US needs to decide on its goal in Iraq.

  • *Took place in Eastern Province where minority Shi'ite live. DUBAI/ RIYADH, Sept 2- A small fire erupted on a gas pipeline in eastern Saudi Arabia on Tuesday after assailants shot at a security patrol, security and oil industry sources said, in an incident that may heighten concern about the vulnerability of Saudi energy infrastructure.

  • JERUSALEM, Sept 2- Israel's longer-term credit rating depends on its defence costs and the frequency of military conflicts, but a bigger budget deficit expected for 2015 is unlikely to prompt a downgrade, Standard& Poor's said. The agency is due to issue an update on Israel's rating on Sept. 19, which coincides with the start of discussions on the 2015 budget.

  • LONDON, Sept 2- Gold fell to its lowest in 2-1/ 2 months on Tuesday, breaking through key support at its August lows as stock markets rose and the dollar hit a one-year high against the euro ahead of a European Central Bank meeting this week.

  • ISLAMABAD, Sept 2- Anti-government protests that have gripped Islamabad since mid-August could throw off course economic reforms Pakistan promised to deliver in return for an IMF bailout, senior officials said, raising the risk of a sovereign rating downgrade.

  • WASHINGTON/ SEOUL, Sept 1- Washington is facing growing international pressure to ease its long standing ban on crude oil exports, with South Korea and Mexico joining the European Union in pressing the case for U.S. oil shipments overseas.

  • Ex-House majority leader joins investment bank Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 6:59 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has a new job as vice chairman and managing director of a global independent investment bank. New York- based Moelis& Company announced Cantor's appointment Tuesday in a news release. Moelis& Company has 15 offices in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

  • LONDON, Sept 2- Gold prices fell on Tuesday, breaking through key support at $1,280 an ounce as stock markets firmed and the dollar hit a one-year high against the euro ahead of a European Central Bank meeting this week.

  • *Weak factory data in China, Europe raise oil demand concerns. SINGAPORE, Sept 2- Brent crude fell towards $102 a barrel on Tuesday on concerns of slowing oil demand growth due to weak economic recoveries in China and Europe, although new unrest in OPEC oil producer Libya kept losses in check.

  • *Weak factory data in China, Europe raise oil demand concerns. SINGAPORE, Sept 2- Brent crude held steady below $103 a barrel on Tuesday, with new unrest in OPEC oil producer Libya balanced by concerns of slowing oil demand growth due to weak economic recoveries in China and Europe.

  • Blackwater legacy: a faint memory of Nisoor Square Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 2:18 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The summer-long trial of four Blackwater security guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqis has been a grim retelling of lives snuffed out and the daily life-and-death decisions amid the chaos of war.

  • LONDON, Sept. 2- Burger King may have taken a lot of flack in the past week for a deal that should curb its U.S. tax bill but in many ways it is consistent with the burger chain's aggressive tax-reduction strategies in recent years. They say it will allow Burger King to avoid paying some U.S. taxes.

  • *Weak factory data in China, Europe raise oil demand concerns. SINGAPORE, Sept 2- Brent crude held steady below $103 a barrel on Tuesday, with new unrest in OPEC oil producer Libya balanced by concerns of slowing oil demand growth due to weak economic recoveries in China and Europe.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 1- Airline Emirates is not interested in investing in the international operations of Qantas, the Dubai- based carrier's chief commercial officer said on Monday.

  • *Citi, Commerz, DB, ENBD, MS, Stanchart to arrange deal. DUBAI, Sept 1- Emirates NBD, Dubai's largest lender, plans to sell a benchmark-sized capital-boosting bond, a document from lead managers said on Monday, looking to take advantage of favourable markets to strengthen its reserves.

  • INSIGHT-US inflation bonds back in vogue Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 1- U.S. investors are back in the hunt for inflation protection for the first time in two years as rising housing costs- particularly for rent- suggest inflation may finally be waking from its post-recession slumber.

  • Iran president urges clerics to tolerate Internet Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 4:19 AM ET

    TEHRAN, Iran— Iran's president urged the country's clerics Monday to be more tolerant of the Internet and new technologies, which are often the target of criticism by influential hard-liners in the Islamic Republic.

  • UPDATE 2-Brent drops below $103, China data weighs Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 3:10 AM ET

    *Russia- Ukraine tensions rise, EU prepares new sanctions. SINGAPORE, Sept 1- Brent crude dropped below $103 a barrel on Monday, as a recent rebound in oil prices was checked by fresh data suggesting a slower growth in China's factory activity.

  • *Russia- Ukraine tensions rise, EU prepares new sanctions. SINGAPORE, Sept 1- Brent crude held steady above $103 a barrel on Monday, as a recent rebound in oil prices was checked by fresh data suggesting a slowdown in China's factory activity.

  • Brent holds above $103; China data weighs Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 12:19 AM ET

    *China factory activity falls to 3- month low in August. SINGAPORE, Sept 1- Brent crude held steady above $103 a barrel on Monday, as a recent rebound in oil prices was checked by fresh data suggesting a slowdown in China's factory activity.