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  • HOUSTON, Aug 26- A tanker loaded with $100 million of Kurdish crude oil cannot be delivered in Texas soon because of risks for buyers as Iraq mulls further legal challenges, so a month-long standoff will drag on, a source close to the matter said on Tuesday.

  • The court did not settle the broader dispute over who owns the crude, but would-be buyers of the cargo would face lawsuits from Iraq, which says it has the sole right to export the oil, not the Kurdistan Regional Government. Baghdad and the KRG have been locked in litigation, both in the United States and Iraq, over who can sell the crude.

  • *Gold prices lifted as momentum of dollar rally slows. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 26- Gold rose on Tuesday after a pause in the dollar rally prompted chart-based buying, but pared gains as European stimulus hopes and strong U.S. data pushed investors to equities. That has helped gold out a bit, "said Stephen Platt, an analyst at futures brokerage Archer Financial Services.

  • Aug 26- Trina Solar Ltd said it was working on plans to set up manufacturing sites overseas, becoming the latest Chinese solar company looking to work around U.S. tariffs on solar products made in China and Taiwan.

  • *Libya calls for foreign help to protect oil infrastructure. U.S. crude jumped $1 after an industry group reported that U.S. consumer confidence rose in August to its highest level since October 2007 on improved feelings about the current state of the economy, but later trimmed gains after failing to push through a resistance point at $94.35, analysts said.

  • KUWAIT, Aug 26- Kuwait is replacing the head of its securities regulator after a stormy four years during which he drew criticism from some investors for his attempts to clean up the bourse and for the stock market's weak performance.

  • LONDON, Aug 26- Gold rose on Tuesday after a pause in the dollar rally prompted a break above $1,280 an ounce that triggered chart-based buying, but gains were expected to be limited as optimism grows on the pace of the U.S. economic recovery. They were trading up 0.6 percent at $1,284.10 by 1442 GMT, while U.S. gold futures rose $6.00 an ounce to $1,284.80.

  • *Libya calls for foreign help to protect oil infrastructure. The benchmark is headed for a second straight monthly decline in August as slow growth in China and Europe has curbed oil demand and led to a supply glut in the Atlantic Basin, offsetting the impact on prices from world political tensions.

  • Once 'Best in the West', Israel's economy shows cracks Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 9:57 AM ET

    *War with Hamas weighing on consumers, industry, tourism. *Bank of Israel has cut interest rates twice; at record low. The war against Hamas in Gaza, which ran into a 50th day on Tuesday, has taken a heavy toll, hitting tourism, slowing consumer spending as people stay indoors and denting manufacturing, especially in plants close to Gaza.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 26- Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods posted their biggest gain on record in July on strong international demand for aircraft, but the underlying trend remained consistent with a steady pace of domestic economic growth.

  • *Libya calls for foreign help to protect oil infrastructure. Brent crude rose 18 cents to $102.83 a barrel by 1235 GMT, after closing up 36 cents. Investors have unwound a global political risk premium in Brent, discounting the possibility of supply disruption despite conflicts in Iraq, Libya and Ukraine.

  • STAVANGER, Norway, Aug 26- The recent flare-up of violence in Iraq is past its worst and Kuwait Energy is keen to invest more in the country because of its potential, Chief Executive Sara Akbar said on Tuesday.

  • Defense rests in Blackwater trial Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 7:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Four Blackwater security guards on Monday rested their defense in the shootings that killed or wounded more than 30 Iraqis seven years ago in Baghdad. Three others are charged with voluntary manslaughter, attempted manslaughter and gun charges— Paul Slough, Dustin Heard and Evan Liberty.

  • ISTANBUL/ BEIRUT, Aug 26- As Islamic State insurgents threaten the Turkish border from Syria, Turkey is struggling to staunch the flow of foreign jihadists to the militant group, having not so long ago allowed free access to those who would join its neighbour's civil war.

  • *Libya calls for foreign help to protect oil infrastructure. Investors have unwound a global political risk premium in Brent, discounting the possibility of supply disruption despite conflicts in Iraq, Libya and Ukraine.

  • LONDON, Aug 26- Gold jumped 1 percent on Tuesday after a pause in dollar and equity market rallies prompted a break above $1,280 an ounce that triggered chart-based buying, but anticipation of buoyant U.S. data could temper interest.

  • Asian stocks modestly higher following S&P record Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 5:37 AM ET

    It was a big round-number day for the stock market. "There's perhaps a small psychological boost when you get over such a significant price level," said Cameron Hinds, regional chief investment officer at Wells Fargo Private Bank.

  • Brent hit a 14- month low of $101.07 a barrel on Aug. 19 as investor concerns over conflict in Ukraine and Iraq eased and Libyan output rose. He also said: "The current prices in the world markets are appropriate," adding that events in neighbouring OPEC member Iraq will not "significantly" affect the oil market. Iraq is fighting an Islamist insurgency.

  • *Qatar seeks to free more US hostages in Syria- source. DOHA, Aug 26- Qatar is working to help free four Americans held hostage in Syria by various armed groups, a Gulf source familiar with the matter said on Monday, a day after the Gulf Arab state's diplomacy helped free a journalist held since 2012..

  • *Gold to rebound to $1,283 before falling again- tech analysis. SINGAPORE, Aug 26- Gold jumped around 1 percent higher on Tuesday after a break above $1,280 an ounce triggered chart-based buying, but gains could be capped by a firmer U.S. dollar and rallies in equities.