*Tension rises on eve of four-power talks on Ukraine in Geneva. *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism".» Read More
*Armed men seize buildings in eastern Ukraine. *Kiev says cut-off of Russian gas looking likely.
*Ukraine says Russian gas price hike unacceptable. *Armed men seize buildings in eastern Ukraine. KIEV, April 12- Armed pro-Russian militants raised the Russian flag in an eastern Ukrainian city on Saturday, deepening a stand-off with Moscow which, Kiev warned, was dragging Europe closer to a "gas war" that could disrupt supplies across the continent.
TRIPOLI, April 11- Libya may have averted a state collapse by striking a deal with eastern rebels to reopen occupied oil ports, but technical delays and simmering federalist dissent threaten to disrupt production once again.
WASHINGTON, April 10- The U.S. Navy hopes to smooth out the impact on Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal of a budget-driven decision to order three Littoral Combat Ships instead of four in fiscal year 2015, the Navy's top weapons buyer said on Thursday.
*Putin says cut-off of gas to Ukraine possible. MOSCOW/WASHINGTON, April 10- President Vladimir Putin warned on Thursday that Russian gas supplies to Europe could be disrupted if Moscow cuts the flow to Ukraine over unpaid bills, drawing a U.S. accusation that it is using energy "as a tool of coercion".
SAN FRANCISCO— Pacific Gas& Electric Co. offered a $250,000 reward Thursday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a startling attack mounted nearly a year ago on telephone lines and the power grid in Silicon Valley. Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff has called the incident an act of terrorism.
Cheryl LaFleur, acting chairwoman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, told the Senate Energy Committee on Thursday that employees are "wiping and scrubbing all databases" and taking other steps to protect sensitive information.
MOSUL/ BAGHDAD, April 10- Militants whose bombs have shut Iraq's main northern oil export pipeline for 40 days are preventing repairs, threatening to extend an outage that is already the longest since the days of sanctions in the 1990 s.
The document created by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should have been kept secret as a national security matter, Energy Department Inspector General Gregory Friedman said. The report followed a comment by former FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff that an April 2013 attack on a California electric substation was terrorism.
ABUJA, Nigeria— The chief of Nigeria's air force says it is buying new fighter jets and helicopters. The air force has been pivotal in an offensive to curb an Islamic uprising in the northeast with near-daily bombing raids on insurgent hideouts in forests and caves along the border with Cameroon.
CAIRO— Egyptian authorities arrested a journalist Wednesday who worked for the Al-Jazeera satellite news network and other Islamist media for allegedly inciting and taking part in violence, the country's official news agency reported.
BEIJING— The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, with U.S. And he said America will protect Japan, the Philippines and other allies locked in disputes with China, as laid out in U.S. treaty obligations.
*Ukraine says Russia playing out "Crimean scenario" in east. NEW YORK, April 7 (Reuters)- Brent crude oil dropped by $1 on Monday, snapping a two-day rise and taking U.S. crude with it after Libyan rebels occupying four eastern oil ports agreed to end an eight-month blockade, raising the prospect of increased supply to world markets.
TRIPOLI, April 7- Libya's Zueitina oil port prepared on Monday to load crude on tankers after the government reached a deal with rebels to reopen four terminals that insurgents have occupied since summer.
GAUHATI, India— Voters in India's remote northeast cast ballots on the first day of the world's biggest election Monday, with the opposition heading into the polls with strong momentum on promises of a surge in economic growth.
DONETSK, Ukraine— Pro-Russian activists barricaded inside a government building in eastern Ukraine proclaimed the region independent Monday and called for a referendum on seceding from Ukraine— an ominous echo of the events that led to Russia's annexation of Crimea.
The Defense Department decided it could skip further orders for Boeing's F/A-18 fighter jets and EA-18G electronic attack planes after concluding that a halt in their production would not jeopardize suppliers for other big weapons programs, said Elana Broitman, the Pentagon's top industrial base official.
KILLEEN, Texas— Guns are wall-to-wall at the Guns Galore shop near Fort Hood, and so are posters: No Idiots Allowed. Fort Hood officials say Guns Galore, perched along the main road to the nation's largest Army post, is where Spc. Mark Milley, the senior officer at Fort Hood, said Lopez bought the gun on March 1, about a month before Wednesday's attack.
WASHINGTON— In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba's communist government. McSpedon and his team of high-tech contractors had come in from Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Washington and Denver.
BENGHAZI/ TRIPOLI, Libya, April 3- Libya has seen evidence of "good intentions" at indirect talks with eastern rebels which could lead to the lifting of their blockage of major oil ports within days, a government minister said on Thursday.