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  • *Sunni Islamists intensify grip on northern Iraq. NEW YORK, June 16- Brent crude oil futures rose on Monday as advances by Sunni insurgents in Iraq fueled concerns over a potential disruption to oil exports from the second-largest OPEC producer.

  • Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday called for a global regime to protect the oceans, which he said were under threat from too much fishing, acidification from climate change, and marine pollution.

  • *Medtronic to buy Covidien for $42.9 bln. "If the market really didn't back off because of, people are concerned, they will keep watching it and unless it really implodes the market is just going to churn," said Ken Polcari, director of the NYSE floor division at O'Neil Securities in New York.

  • *Sunni Islamists intensify grip on northern Iraq. NEW YORK, June 16- Crude oil futures pushed higher in choppy trading on Monday as advances by Sunni insurgents in Iraq fueled concerns over a potential disruption to oil exports from the second-largest OPEC producer.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St advances as M&A offsets Iraq worry Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | 10:28 AM ET

    *Medtronic to buy Covidien for $42.9 bln. "If the market really didn't back off because of, people are concerned, they will keep watching it and unless it really implodes the market is just going to churn," said Ken Polcari, director of the NYSE floor division at O'Neil Securities in New York.

  • *Sunni Islamists solidify grip on northern Iraq. LONDON, June 16- Brent crude held above $112 a barrel on Monday after a strong rally last week, as advances by Sunni insurgents in Iraq raised concerns over a potential disruption to oil exports from the second-largest OPEC producer.

  • Russia sent tanks to Ukraine rebels, US says Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 5:17 PM ET
    Ukrainian troops from battalion Azov ground men detained at the site of a battle with pro-Russian fighters in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Friday, June 13, 2014.

    The State Department confirmed that Russia has sent tanks and other heavy weapons to separatists in Ukraine. NYT reports.

  • *Treasury debt losses limited by Iraq tensions. Treasury debt prices drifted lower on Friday in thin trading, 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 a rate hike from the Federal Reserve sooner than previously expected.

  • 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.

  • No stock correction on Iraq crisis: Gabelli pro Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 10:14 AM ET

    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.

  • Your guide to making an ace commencement speech Friday, 6 Jun 2014 | 12:26 PM ET

    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.

  • France's Hollande seeks to widen BNP fine debate Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 6:13 AM ET

    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.

  • U.S. Secretary Kerry in Lebanon to pledge refugee aid Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 9:07 AM ET

    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.