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  • *Libya loads second cargo at largest port Es Sider. LONDON, Aug 22- Brent crude oil futures drifted lower on Friday, further below $103 a barrel, as a strong dollar and plentiful supplies continued to pressure prices. "We've reached a stage where the market is looking to stabilise a bit," said Ole Hansen, senior commodity strategist at Saxo Bank.

  • *Libya loads 2nd cargo at largest port Es Sider. SINGAPORE, Aug 22- Brent was trading below $103 a barrel on Friday, heading for a second weekly loss as easing geopolitical risks and higher global oil supply pressured prices. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries pumped more oil in July despite conflicts in the Middle East and Africa.

  • *Gold steady after five-day losing streak. SINGAPORE, Aug 22- Gold held near a two-month low on Friday and was headed for its worst week in five, hurt by strong U.S. economic data and fears that the Federal Reserve could hike interest rates sooner than expected.

  • *Libya loads 2nd cargo at largest port Es Sider. *Centurion to send more oil from Permian Basin to Cushing. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries pumped more oil in July despite conflicts in the Middle East and Africa.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 22- Gold held near a two-month low on Friday and was headed for its sharpest weekly drop in nearly three months, hurt by strong U.S. economic data and fears that the Federal Reserve could hike interest rates sooner than expected.

  • *U.S. crude futures for October delivery fell 6 cents to trade at $93.90 a barrel as of 0004 GMT. *An Iraqi Kurdish crude oil tanker has reappeared off the coast of Israel having offloaded its cargo, ship tracking data on Reuters showed, in the latest sign the autonomous region is finding buyers for its oil in defiance of Baghdad.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 22- Asia petrochemicals firms are building tanks and retooling plants to store and process liquefied petroleum gas imported from the United States, counting on a flood of supply from the shale boom to replace costlier naphtha as a raw material.

  • DUBAI, Aug 21- Saudi Arabia's stock market regulator proposed rules on Thursday for opening the $580 billion market to direct investment by foreign institutions, including a 10 percent cap on foreign ownership of the market's value. The Saudi Capital Market Authority published the draft rules on its website on Thursday.

  • *Platinum falls to 3- month lows. LONDON, Aug 21- Gold slid around 1 percent to its lowest in two months on Thursday, extending losses to a fifth session on a firm dollar and after slightly better than expected U.S. jobless claims fed expectations for an early interest rate hike.

  • *Libya restarts crude oil exports from biggest port. Libya has resumed exports from its largest port, helping push its oil output to the highest level for months, while top exporter Saudi Arabia raised its output in July to 10 million barrels per day.

  • ABU DHABI, Aug 21- Banking group Standard Chartered is liable to legal action in the United Arab Emirates after it agreed to close some customers' UAE accounts in an anti-money laundering settlement with U.S. regulators, the UAE central bank said on Thursday.

  • *Saudi Arabia pumps 10 million bpd in July. The world's top two crude oil benchmarks have fallen by more than $10 a barrel since June on a build-up of supply in the Atlantic Basin and diminishing worries over the risk that conflicts in the Middle East would hit oil production.

  • Asian stocks higher after S&P 500 record close Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 4:34 AM ET

    Hewlett-Packard rose after delivering better results, while Sears plunged after reporting that its loss doubled from a year ago. Hewlett-Packard was the biggest gainer among the major indexes. The technology giant rose $1.88, or 5.4 percent, to $37.00 after reporting better-than-expected results and its first sales increase in nearly three years.

  • *Saudi Arabia pumps 10 million bpd in July. Libya has resumed exports from its largest port, helping push the country's oil output to its highest for months, while top exporter Saudi Arabia raised its output in July to 10 million barrels per day.

  • DUHOK, Iraq/ ANKARA, Aug 21- Crude oil flow on Iraqi Kurdistan's pipeline to Turkey has resumed after upgrade work was completed and is now running at an increased rate of 200,000 barrels per day, industry sources and Turkish officials told Reuters on Thursday.

  • *China Jan-July imports from Iran at 617,670 bpd, up 47 pct. BEIJING, Aug 21- China's crude imports from Iran expanded 40.6 percent in July from a year ago, customs data showed on Thursday, as Tehran's largest oil client stayed with the elevated shipment levels that began late last year.

  • *Gold drops for a fifth straight session. SINGAPORE, Aug 21- Gold extended losses to a fifth session on Thursday, sliding 1 percent to its lowest in two months, after the U.S. dollar strengthened on indications from the Federal Reserve that it could raise interest rates sooner than expected. "Gold had already been under pressure from the dollar.

  • Mission to rescue James Foley failed: Officials Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 1:43 AM ET
    Freelance journalist James Foley

    The Pentagon attempted to rescue James Foley and other U.S. hostages held in Syria but the mission failed, U.S. officials told NBC News.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 21- Gold extended losses to a fifth session on Thursday to trade near a two-week low after the U.S. dollar strengthened on indications from the U.S. *Spot gold fell 0.2 percent to $1,289.66 an ounce by 0020 GMT, after hitting a two-week low of $1,287.83 in the previous session. U.S. gold was down about $4 to $1,290.80.

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to Sep 3 Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    Aug 21- For other related diaries, please. NEW DELHI- Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will attend a banking event in New Delhi. NEW DELHI- RBI Deputy Governor Rama Subramaniam Gandhi will participate in a panel discussion on G20- 0830 GMT.