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  • *ISIL taking arms seized from Iraqi army into Syria- monitors. *Gaining freedom of movement blurring Iraq, Syria borders. BAGHDAD, June 13- Islamist rebel fighters captured two more Iraqi towns overnight in a relentless sweep south towards the capital Baghdad in a campaign to recreate a mediaeval caliphate carved out of fragmenting Iraq and Syria.

  • BAGHDAD/ ARBIL, June 12- Barack Obama threatened U.S. military strikes in Iraq on Thursday against Sunni Islamist militants who have surged out of the north to menace Baghdad and want to establish their own state in Iraq and Syria.

  • Sanction Russia? German companies say, Nein! Friday, 16 May 2014 | 4:30 PM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a press conference following a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on May 13, 2014.

    German businesses have toned down public criticism, but are quietly warning politicians that sanctions will simply drive Russia to Asia.

  • *Industry lobby still hopes to sway Merkel on Russia stance. BERLIN, May 16- German industry is ramping up efforts to dissuade Chancellor Angela Merkel from imposing tough new economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, warning of lasting damage to domestic firms and the broader economy if Moscow is hit hard.

  • Obama lists assets worth up to $7.15 million Friday, 16 May 2014 | 7:01 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama lists assets worth between $1.95 million and $7.15 million, of which $1 million to $5 million were in Treasury notes.

  • Biden's son lands job at Ukraine gas company Tuesday, 13 May 2014 | 2:49 PM ET
    Hunter Biden and Vice President Joe Biden

    Ukraine's largest private gas producer appoints R. Hunter Biden, the son of U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, to its board.

  • LONDON, April 24- Global stocks were back on the front foot on Thursday, as upbeat earnings from tech heavyweights Apple and Facebook helped shake off some of the jitters that have hit the sector in recent weeks. European bourses started brightly, with the FTSE 100 up 0.5 percent and the DAX, the CAC 40 and markets in Madrid and Milan between 0.7 and 0.9 percent firmer.

  • Kiev and Washington twisting peace accord: Moscow. KIEV, April 23- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack.

  • *Washington will stand by us: Ukraine deputy prime minister. *Talks proposed on Ukraine- Russia gas row. After a lull for the Easter religious holiday, officials in Kiev decided to renew what they call an "anti-terrorist operation" against separatist militias who have seized control of about a dozen public buildings in eastern Ukraine.

  • *Ukraine president calls for new crackdown in east. SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 22- Ukraine's acting president accused Russia of aiding "terrorists" who killed a politician from his own party, urging a crackdown in the east on Tuesday that could hamper international efforts to defuse the crisis.

  • Ukraine leader urges crackdown as peace eludes east Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 4:08 PM ET

    *Ukraine president calls for new crackdown in east. SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 22- Ukraine's acting president accused Russia of aiding "terrorists" who killed a politician from his own party, urging a crackdown in the east on Tuesday that could hamper international efforts to defuse the crisis.

  • *Biden says in Kiev that Russia must act to defuse crisis. KIEV/ MOSCOW, April 22- Ukraine's acting president Oleksander Turchinov called on Tuesday for government forces to relaunch an offensive against pro-Russian rebels after a local politician from his own party was found dead with signs of torture.

  • *Ukraine crisis lends some support to Brent. NEW YORK, April 22- U.S. crude futures fell on Tuesday ahead of data expected to show that inventories in the world's top oil-consuming nation have risen close to record highs.

  • *Ukraine crisis lends some support to Brent. U.S. crude fell $2.34 to $102.03 a barrel by 13:45 a.m. EDT while Brent crude was down 93 cents to $108.96 a barrel, having lost over a dollar earlier. The Energy Information Administration will issue inventory data on Wednesday while American Petroleum Institute data is due later on Tuesday.

  • *Biden says in Kiev that Russia must act to defuse crisis. Vice President Joe Biden told Russia on Tuesday that "time is short" for action on defusing the crisis in eastern Ukraine, but Moscow refused to be rushed, saying it could handle any tougher economic sanctions the West might impose.

  • UPDATE 6-Oil falls on rising supplies, Ukraine supports Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    *Ukraine crisis lends support to Brent. U.S. crude fell $1.9 percent to $102.45 a barrel by 11:10 a.m. EDT while Brent crude was down 98 cents to $108.96 a barrel.

  • *Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels dig in. LONDON, April 22- Brent oil fell towards $109 a barrel and the U.S. benchmark saw a sharper decline on Tuesday on forecasts of rising crude stocks as a faltering pact to ease tensions in Ukraine offered some support.

  • US to help Ukraine fight corruption 'cancer': Biden Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 9:43 AM ET
    Vice President Joe Biden waves after landing at the Boryspil airport in Kiev on April 21, 21014. US Vice President Joe Biden arrive for a two-day visit to Ukraine, hours after a fragile Easter truce was shattered and pro-Kremlin rebels in the country's east appealed for help from Russian 'peacekeepers'.

    Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian presidential candidates and Parliament that the U.S. was ready to help Ukraine and they must fight corruption.

  • *Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels dig in. LONDON, April 22- Brent oil futures slipped below $110 a barrel on Tuesday but held near a six-week high as a pact to calm tensions in Ukraine faltered, while rising U.S. crude stockpiles weighed on prices. A four-way peace deal signed last week in Geneva to reduce tensions in eastern Ukraine has had limited impact so far.

  • *Gold steadies after 3- day drop as dollar retreats. LONDON, April 22- Gold steadied near $1,290 an ounce on Tuesday after falling for three straight days, as a retreat in the dollar took some pressure off the metal, though continued outflows from physical gold funds curbed potential for gains.