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  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in a private letter sent last month to Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, urged Washington to get tough with Beijing on its use of anti-competition rules, noting that "concerns among U.S. companies are intensifying."

  • *China says Vietnam making "irresponsible accusations" against it. *Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia may meet on China later this month.

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- A group of lawmakers wants the United States to press Brunei to revoke Islamic criminal laws that they say jeopardize human rights under threat of being kicked out of Pacific free trade talks.

  • *Russia offers Ukraine natgas discount. *Washington warns Russia of further sanctions over Ukraine. Protesters again shut Libya's El Feel oilfield and the El Sharara field remained closed, an official at the National Oil Corporation said on Friday.

  • *Russia offers Ukraine natgas discount. *Washington warns Russia of further sanctions over Ukraine. Libya's El Feel oilfield was shut again by protesters and the El Sharara field remained closed, an official at the National Oil Corporation said on Friday.

  • UPDATE 6-Oil prices rise as Libyan output squeezed Friday, 16 May 2014 | 12:42 PM ET

    *Russia offers Ukraine natgas discount. *Washington warns Russia of further sanctions over Ukraine. NEW YORK, May 16- Global oil prices rose on Friday as investors worried about Libya after a recovery in the OPEC country's oil supply proved short-lived and government forces clashed with Islamist militias.

  • *Washington warns Russia of further sanctions over Ukraine. LONDON, May 16- Brent crude oil rose above $109 a barrel on Friday after a recovery in Libyan oil supply proved short-lived and as tension simmered over Ukraine.

  • UPDATE 4-Brent rises above $109 on Ukraine tension Friday, 16 May 2014 | 6:26 AM ET

    *Washington warns Russia of further sanctions over Ukraine. LONDON, May 16- Brent crude oil rose above $109 a barrel on Friday as tension over Ukraine kept investors on edge, although a gradual return of Libyan oil supply capped gains.

  • *Washington warns Russia of further sanctions over Ukraine. LONDON, May 16- Brent crude oil eased below $109 a barrel on Friday, pressured by a gradual return of Libyan oil supply although tension over Ukraine kept losses in check.

  • Brent holds above $109 on Ukraine tensions Friday, 16 May 2014 | 12:12 AM ET

    SINGAPORE May 16- Brent futures held above $109 a barrel on Friday as fresh tensions over Ukraine kept them on course for their biggest weekly rise since mid-April, but returning Libyan supply capped gains.

  • SINGAPORE, May 16- U.S. crude futures rose towards $102 a barrel on Friday, heading for its biggest weekly gain in five weeks on the back of a resurgence of tensions in Ukraine and upbeat U.S. economic data. *U.S. crude for June delivery rose 29 cents to $101.79 a barrel by 0056 GMT after falling 87 cents to settle at $101.50 a barrel.

  • DONETSK, Ukraine, May 7- Behind the barricades of tyres and car bumpers, past the masked militants who hold Donetsk's filthy administration building, there is a man in a suit in a spotless office, working from an Apple iMac on a vote to dismember Ukraine. But, he said, "we simply cannot live any more within Ukraine. Ukraine has already de facto said goodbye to us. "

  • DONETSK, Ukraine, May 7- Behind the barricades of tyres and car bumpers, past the masked militants who hold Donetsk's filthy administration building, there is a man in a suit in a spotless office, working from an Apple iMac on a vote to dismember Ukraine. But, he said, "we simply cannot live any more within Ukraine. Ukraine has already de facto said goodbye to us. "

  • Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees foreign aid, said on Tuesday he would not approve sending funds to the Egyptian military, denouncing a "sham trial" in which a court sentenced 683 people to death.

  • SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 26- Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine offered on Saturday to release eight captive international observers in a prisoner exchange, as Western governments prepared new sanctions against Moscow.

  • SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 26- Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine offered on Saturday to release eight captive international observers in a prisoner exchange, as Western governments prepared new sanctions against Moscow.

  • SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ MOSCOW, April 25- The United States said on Friday it was prepared to impose further sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, where armed pro- Moscow separatists seized a bus carrying international mediators, escalating the two-month-old crisis.

  • *U.S. says prepared to impose new sanctions on Russia. MOSCOW/ KIEV, April 25- The United States said on Friday it was prepared to impose further targeted sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine and that European leaders had agreed to coordinate on steps to make Moscow pay.

  • MOSCOW, April 25- Russia unexpectedly raised interest rates for the second time in two months on Friday and suffered its first credit rating cut in five years, highlighting the impact of the Ukraine crisis on the teetering economy.

  • President Barack Obama will press European allies on Friday to impose more sanctions if Russia steps up action in Ukraine, while a cut in its credit rating sent a strong reminder to Moscow of the economic consequences of its involvement in the crisis.