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  • Iraqi forces mount operation against IS in Tikrit Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    Iraqi forces launched an operation on Tuesday to drive Islamic State militants out of Tikrit.

  • TOKYO, Aug 19- U.S. crude oil futures rose on Tuesday to recoup some losses from the previous day when prices dropped as investor concerns over conflict in Iraq and Ukraine eased. *Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed as they fled fighting in eastern Ukraine on Monday when their convoy of buses was hit by rocket fire, military spokesmen said.

  • Obama: 'Major step forward' in Iraq Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 5:13 PM ET

    Obama also turned to domestic issues, addressing the situation in Ferguson, Missouri.

  • Pope Francis endorses force in Iraq: Report     Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 1:43 PM ET

    CNBC's Sara Eisen reports U.S. airstrikes are helping Kurdish and Iraqi ground forces retake portions of a strategic dam that was captured by Islamic militants, and Pope Francis has endorsed the use of force in Iraq.

  • No solution to Ukraine in sight: Pros Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 12:35 PM ET
    Russian servicemen drive a military vehicle outside Kamensk-Shakhtinsky near the border with Ukraine, Rostov Region, August 17, 2014.

    Though tensions eased in Ukraine on Monday, it seems unlikely the conflict will end any time soon, observers told CNBC.

  • *Dollar General offers to buy Family Dollar. Russia said all issues related to its humanitarian convoy to Ukraine had been resolved but said no progress has been made toward a ceasefire or political solution to the fighting in the east of the country after talks between Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine on Sunday.

  • Fugitive Iraqi VP: Iraq on brink of 'civil war' Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 11:28 AM ET

    Fugitive Vice President Tarek al-Hashemi warns that U.S. air strikes would do nothing to end the violence.

  • *Dollar General offers to buy Family Dollar. Russia said all issues related to its humanitarian convoy to Ukraine had been resolved but said no progress has been made toward a ceasefire or political solution to the fighting in the east of the country after talks between Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine on Sunday.

  • *Dollar General offers to buy Family Dollar. *Russia said all issues related to its humanitarian convoy to Ukraine had been resolved but said no progress has been made toward a ceasefire or political solution to the fighting in the east of the country after talks between Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine on Sunday.

  • US shouldn't pick war on Ukraine: McChrystal Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 AM ET
    Retired General Stanley McChrystal.

    The West should be firm with Russia on Ukraine but should not pick a war, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal tells CNBC.

  • *Dollar General offers to buy Family Dollar. *Russia said all issues related to it sending a humanitarian convoy to Ukraine had been resolved but said no progress has been made in talks toward a ceasefire or political solution to the fighting in the east of the country after talks between Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine on Sunday.

  • Russia: Agreement on Ukraine aid, not on cease-fire Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 5:31 AM ET
    Russian humanitarian aid convoy

    Russia said all issues related to it sending a humanitarian convoy to Ukraine had been resolved but no progress has been made in cease-fire talks.

  • Raoul Ruparel, head of economic research at Open Europe, says further Western involvement in Iraq will be "hard to sell" to the public.

  • *U.S. air support helping Kurds in Mosul Dam drive. DOHUK, Iraq, Aug 17- Kurdish fighters pushed to retake Iraq's largest dam on Sunday in an attempt to reverse gains by Islamic State insurgents who have overrun much of the country's north, officials said.

  • DOHUK, Iraq, Aug 17- Kurdish fighters are advancing towards the militant-held city of Mosul, aiming to reverse gains by Islamic State insurgents, witnesses and a Kurdish peshmerga commander said on Sunday.

  • Premier FBI cybersquad in Pittsburgh to add agents Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    Because of the Pittsburgh squad's success, the FBI is rewarding the office with more manpower, allowing it to take on even more cyberthreats. Because of security concerns, the FBI won't say how many agents are in the Pittsburgh cyber office or specify how many agents will be added.

  • Ukraine closes in on rebels as peace talks resume Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 6:31 AM ET
    A Ukrainian soldier stands on an armored personnel carrier bearing a flag of Ukraine at a checkpoint near Debaltseve, in the Donetsk region.

    Ukrainian forces take police station in Luhansk, on Russian border, and claim fresh Russian military equipment has been seen coming in.

  • West faces tough choices if Russia, Ukraine fight Saturday, 16 Aug 2014 | 6:49 AM ET
  • Ukraine hits at Russians: Here's what may be next Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 6:29 PM ET
    A Ukrainian serviceman guards a checkpoint outside Donetsk, August 15, 2014.

    After fighting Friday, experts disagree about what investors should expect next between Russia and Ukraine

  • Islamic State said to kill 80 Yazidis in Iraq Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 5:38 PM ET
    Iraqi Yazidi refugees rest inside a tent at the Newroz camp in Hasaka province, northeastern Syria.

    Islamic State insurgents "massacred" some 80 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority, a Yazidi lawmaker and two Kurdish officials said on Friday.