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  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, April 14- "Unloved" was a word that popped up several times in relation to BHP Billiton's mooted plans to spin-off its non-core aluminium, nickel and manganese businesses.

  • TOKYO, April 14- U.S. crude oil futures rose above $104 a barrel in early trade on Monday as increasing geopolitical tensions between Ukraine and Russia supported buying sentiment for the front month contract. *U.S. crude for May delivery was up 30 cents at $104.04 per barrel by 0000 GMT, after finishing 34 cents higher on Friday.

  • *Lebanon making most serious push so far to staunch Syria spillover. TRIPOLI, Lebanon, April 13- For two weeks now, the rifles have been silent along Syria Street in Lebanon's Tripoli, an area shot up so often that even memorial posters of men killed just a few months ago are speckled with bullet holes.

  • Dubai International, which handled 66.4 million passengers in 2013, making it the world's second busiest airport for international passenger traffic after London's Heathrow, will cut flights by 26 percent for an 80- day period, Dubai's airports authority said on Sunday.

  • Mideast's busiest air hub plans runway overhaul Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 6:34 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Officials say Dubai airport, the Mideast's busiest, will undergo a major runway overhaul starting next month that will see more than a dozen airlines shift flights to another airport in the city. The work begins May 1 and runs through July 20.

  • UAE unveils new law in wider push for job creation Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 6:17 AM ET

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates— The United Arab Emirates finance minister said Sunday that officials are finalizing a new law to boost entrepreneurship with broad incentives, part of a wider push to create jobs for a burgeoning young population.

  • ABU DHABI, April 13- State-owned Abu Dhabi Ports Co expects a surge in shipping traffic towards the end of this year as work on major infrastructure projects in the United Arab Emirates capital gathers pace, the company's chief executive said.

  • Six Flags theme park planned for Dubai Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 4:32 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Dubai could soon have some new roller coasters to go with its man-made islands and the world's tallest skyscraper. Newspapers in the Middle Eastern emirate reported Sunday that local property developer Meraas Holding has reached a deal with Six Flags Entertainment to build a theme park in the city's largely industrial outskirts.

  • For Europe, balancing act on new Russian penalties Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 12:53 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The United States is working to convince a reluctant Europe of the need to punish Russia more severely for its meddling in Ukraine while at the same time warning Moscow to step back or take more financial hits.

  • Commodities Next Week: WTI nears Brent price     Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 3:50 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks ahead at where oil and precious metals are likely headed next week.

  • WASHINGTON, April 11- The Obama administration believes that oil exports from Iran from January to July will meet an average 1 million barrel per day goal outlined in an interim agreement with Tehran over curbing its disputed nuclear program, a State Department spokeswoman said on Friday.

  • TRIPOLI, April 11- Libya may have averted a state collapse by striking a deal with eastern rebels to reopen occupied oil ports, but technical delays and simmering federalist dissent threaten to disrupt production once again.

  • WASHINGTON, April 11- Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Friday any oil-for-goods deal between Moscow and Iran would follow United Nations rules on sanctions, not U.S. rules.

  • LONDON, April 11- Iran's crude oil exports have surged to their highest in 20 months, far exceeding a one million barrel-per-day limit set by the West under an interim deal on curbing Tehran's nuclear programme.

  • DAKAR/ JOHANNESBURG, April 11- For centuries, colonial era merchants tussled for access to Africa's raw materials, and huge swathes of Africa's geography became synonymous with the main commodity they exported: Gold Coast, Ivory Coast, the Spice Island of Zanzibar.

  • Iran's oil exports in Feb hit 20-month high -IEA Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 7:29 AM ET

    LONDON, April 11- Iran's crude oil exports have surged to their highest in 20 months, far exceeding a one million barrel-per-day limit set by the West under an interim deal on curbing Tehran's nuclear programme.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, April 11- The purchase of a Texas oil refinery by Brazil's state-run oil company has become a campaign issue as opponents of President Dilma Rousseff use it to attack her reputation as a no-nonsense manager and weaken her lead ahead of the October election.

  • *Libya's state National Oil Corp lifts force majeure for Hariga port. SINGAPORE, April 11- Brent futures eased towards $107 a barrel on Friday as the global supply outlook improved with more Libyan supplies expected to reach the market, although growing tension between the West and Russia over Ukraine put a floor under prices.

  • WASHINGTON, April 10- The United States could give Europe and Ukraine relief from energy dependence on Russia within months if it overturned the 40- year ban on most U.S. crude oil exports, the head of energy company Hess Corp. said on Thursday. He estimated that Europe and Ukraine could get relief from volatile oil prices in 90 days if the ban was overturned.

  • Commodities tomorrow: Gold a winner today     Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Stocks sold off but gold was a big winner as traders moved to bullion. Nat gas was up on a smaller-than-expected build, and crude was down on the day.

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