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BAGHDAD, June 13- Iraq's most senior Shi'ite Muslim cleric urged followers to take up arms against a full-blown Sunni militant insurgency to topple Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, escalating a conflict that threatens civil war and a possible break-up of the country.
*Treasury debt losses limited by Iraq tensions. Treasury debt prices slid on Friday, pressured by sharp losses in UK bonds after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said interest rates could rise sooner than expected, as well as expectations of an imminent rate hike from the Federal Reserve.
The deteriorating situation in Iraq "might play out for quite some time," but U.S. stocks should be able to weather the storm, Gabelli Funds' Howard Ward tells CNBC.
The rules are simple. Keep things light. Remember to congratulate the graduates. And if you can do it from space—as one speaker did—that helps, too.
PARIS/ BRUSSELS, June 5- President Barack Obama dismissed on Thursday any prospect that he might intervene in the case of BNP Paribas bank, which faces a possible huge fine for U.S. sanctions busting, despite pressure from his French counterpart.
*Hollande to discuss Ukraine separately with US, Russian leaders. PARIS, June 5- President Francois Hollande urged world leaders arriving in France on Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of World War Two's D-Day landings to use the occasion to ease tensions over the Ukraine crisis.
PARIS/ BRUSSELS, June 5- France stepped up its defense of BNP Paribas bank against a possible huge fine for U.S. sanctions busting before the two countries' leaders meet on Thursday, invoking wider economic concerns and linking the row to trade talks.
PARIS/ BRUSSELS, June 5- French President Francois Hollande sought to widen the basis of his fight against a possible $10 billion U.S. fine facing bank BNP Paribas ahead of a meeting with Barack Obama on Thursday, warning of "consequences across the euro zone".
WARSAW/ PARIS, June 4- French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday he will raise concerns about a possible $10 billion- plus U.S. fine on BNP Paribas that he considers "disproportionate" with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama.
Kerry, on a brief visit to Beirut, also announced more aid to help Lebanon and other countries in the region struggling to cope with millions of Syrian refugees.
Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Lebanon on Wednesday, where he will pledge more aid to help Syria's neighbours deal with an influx of refugees and press Lebanese parliamentarians to swiftly choose a new president.
*Diplomatic ties strained over Syria, Russia. PARIS/ NEW YORK, June 3- France stepped up its protests to the United States on Tuesday over a possible $10 billion- plus sanctions busting fine for its biggest bank BNP Paribas, saying such a move could hurt transatlantic free-trade talks.
*Reports mount of volunteer fighters coming into Ukraine from Russia. KIEV/ DONETSK, Ukraine, May 30- Ukraine's government vowed on Friday to press ahead with a military offensive against separatists, despite a deadly attack on an army helicopter, amid increasing reports that volunteer fighters from Russia were involved in rebellions in the east.
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.
*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.