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  • *Total moves staff from Tripoli; Sonatrach withdraws staff from Libya. *Statoil shuts Snorre B platform in North Sea after oil leak. LONDON, May 20- Brent oil held steady above $109 a barrel on Tuesday as unrest and low output in OPEC exporter Libya offset downward pressure from expectations of a weekly build in U.S. crude stocks to a record high.

  • *Total moves staff from Tripoli; Sonatrach withdraws staff from Libya. *Statoil shuts Snorre B platform in North Sea after oil leak. LONDON, May 20- Brent oil held steady above $109 a barrel on Tuesday, as unrest and low output in OPEC exporter Libya offset downward pressure from expectations of a weekly build in U.S. crude stocks to a record high.

  • *Total moves staff from Tripoli; Sonatrach withdraws staff from Libya. SINGAPORE, May 20- Brent crude held steady above $109 a barrel on Tuesday, as unrest and low output in OPEC- producer Libya offset downwards pressure on prices from expectations of a build in weekly U.S. crude stocks to a record high.

  • *Total moves staff from Tripoli; Sonatrach withdraws staff from Libya. SINGAPORE, May 20- Brent crude held steady above $109 a barrel on Tuesday, as unrest and low output in OPEC- producer Libya offset expectations of a build in weekly U.S. crude stocks to a record high.

  • ANTANANARIVO, May 19- The World Bank will give Madagascar $400 million in financial support over three years, after recently restoring ties following a peaceful election, while the European Union said it was resuming full relations with the Indian Ocean island.

  • PARIS, May 16- The European Union is considering raising the pressure on the United States in the world's largest trade dispute by challenging tax breaks that encouraged planemaker Boeing to keep production of its latest jet in Washington state, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

  • LONDON, May 16- Fossil fuel subsidies cost governments in emerging markets more than $500 billion every year and are a major contributor to climate change, according to the International Energy Agency and International Monetary Fund.

  • LONDON, May 15- Egyptian companies could suffer a fall in profits as the incoming government phases out energy subsidies, Egypt's finance minister Hany Kadry Dimian said on Friday. The International Monetary Fund estimates Egypt's energy subsidies amount to three times what the country spends on education and seven times its expenditure on health.

  • "Best before" dates add to food waste - EU paper Friday, 16 May 2014 | 3:57 AM ET

    *European Commission working on food waste policy document. ATHENS, May 16- "Best before" dates on food add to a mountain of waste in Europe and could be scrapped for some long-life produce, a group of European Union states have argued in a discussion paper prepared for an agriculture ministers meeting on Monday.

  • *OPEC needs to pump more in second half of 2014- IEA. OPEC- member Libya's output was at 300,000 barrels per day with the El Feel field at full capacity and Wafa field back at work after protests ended, an official with the National Oil Corporation said. Royal Dutch Shell lifted force majeure on exports of Forcados crude from Nigeria, adding to the pressure on oil.

  • MOSCOW, May 15- Middle East crude producers played down the threat of a competitive battle with Russia over Asian markets at a Moscow energy conference on Thursday, even while Russian comments emphasized its push to the east.

  • BRUSSELS, May 15- The United States and the European Union sought on Thursday to counter rising opposition to transatlantic trade talks as hundreds of activists protested against the plans that they say would only benefit big companies fixated on maximizing profits.

  • *OPEC needs to pump more in second half of 2014- IEA. NEW YORK, May 15- Front-month Brent crude futures held on to gains ahead of the contract expiration on Thursday, while U.S. futures fell even as concerns about the crisis in Ukraine and a tightening global oil market kept prices near 2-1/ 2- week highs.

  • PARIS, May 15- Weak consumer spending and business investment brought France's economy to a standstill in the first quarter of the year, raising doubts over the government's growth forecast and its pledge to meet EU deficit targets.

  • *IEA demand forecast higher than estimates from OPEC, U.S. *Cuts estimate for 2014 non- OPEC supply growth by 100,000 bpd.

  • *OPEC could cut production to make room for Iran- Iran oil minister. SINGAPORE May 15- Brent crude slipped below $110 a barrel on Thursday, but stayed near its highest in two and half weeks as concerns over the crisis in Ukraine outweighed mixed U.S. oil inventory data.

  • ST GALLEN, Switzerland, May 15- U.S. drugmaker Pfizer, which has made a $106 billion bid approach to British peer AstraZeneca, has not discussed the proposed deal with European Union regulators, the region's antitrust chief said on Thursday.

  • MOSCOW, May 15- Iran's oil minister, Bijan Zanganeh, said on Thursday he hoped OPEC countries would make room for Iranian oil production and that the current oil price was "fair". Asked whether he thought OPEC members needed to cut oil production to make room for Iran to come back to the market, Zanganeh told reporters: "I think they will do it, I am sure they will do it.

  • DAKAR, May 14- The International Monetary Fund says it will delay the disbursement of $6 million in aid to Mali pending a clarification from the government on the purchase of a $40 million presidential jet, an IMF spokesman said.

  • DAKAR, May 14- The International Monetary Fund says it questions the rationale of and procedures that led to Mali buying a $40 million presidential jet given the country's pledges to fight poverty, a spokesman said.