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  • 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.

  • Putin will take over eastern Ukraine: Strategist Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 5:28 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Russian and local figures of culture at the Chekhov museum in Yalta, Crimea.

    One strategist said the conflict will continue, with Russia taking over eastern Ukraine.

  • Ukraine attacks Russian incursion, jolting markets Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 4:37 PM ET
    Ukrainian troops in the eastern Ukrainian town of Konstantinovka, Ukraine.

    A Ukrainian military spokesman said Ukraine forces have engaged a Russian armored column on Ukrainian soil.

  • Russian military in Ukraine     Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 4:13 PM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on the potential escalation of conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

  • Traders move to shore up defenses before weekend Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 12:06 PM ET
    Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Traders jumped into a defensive posture before the weekend, selling stocks and adding to bond positions after Ukrainian artillery destroyed part of a Russian armored column.

  • Russia, Ukraine strike deal on aid convoy: Finland Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 9:11 AM ET
    Ukrainian servicemen sit next to a national flag of Ukraine on an armored personnel carrier near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, in the region of Donetsk, on Aug. 5, 2014.

    Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said an agreement had been reached for Russian to deliver humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine.

  • Boko Haram abduct dozens of boys: witnesses Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 7:40 AM ET

    Suspected Islamist Boko Haram fighters have abducted dozens of boys and men in a raid on a remote village in northeast Nigeria.

  • LONDON, Aug 15- Following four decades of war, sanctions, nationalization and unrest, oil and gas producers are gradually adjusting to rely less on the Middle East. Diversification away from the Middle East is one of the main reasons why oil prices have remained virtually unchanged as unrest has spread across much of the region since 2011..

  • Russia: Should you invest as tensions ease? Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 4:58 AM ET
    Ukrainian servicemen sit next to a national flag of Ukraine on an armored personnel carrier near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, in the region of Donetsk, on Aug. 5, 2014.

    Recent events in and around Russia seem to have highlighted risks of investing in the country – yet the rouble and the MICEX have had a good week.

  • Renewed fighting in Ukraine rattles stocks Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 4:07 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Renewed fighting in Ukraine rattled markets on Friday. John Canally, the chief economic strategist at LPL Financial, said it's understandable that traders dropped stocks in response to the flare-up. Canally suspects the dispute between Russia and Ukraine will likely follow the pattern of recent months.

  • Russia denies its vehicles destroyed in Ukraine Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 3:32 AM ET

    KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY, Russia— Russia let Ukrainian officials inspect an aid convoy while it was still on Russian soil Friday and agreed that the Red Cross can distribute the goods in Ukraine's rebel-held city of Luhansk.

  • Situation in Iraq remains delicate: Expert     Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 12:43 AM ET

    Johannes Benigni, Founder & Managing Director at JBC Energy, explains why the stepping down of Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is unlikely to be an immediate solution to the Iraq crisis.

  • Iraq's al-Maliki steps aside as PM, backs replacement Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 7:35 PM ET
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki

    Nouri al-Maliki has given up his fight to remain prime minister of Iraq and now supports his successor, Haider al-Ibadi, state television reported Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- Arab Bank Plc served as "paymaster" of funds supporting Hamas, lawyers for a group of Americans suing the bank for compensation stemming from attacks by the Palestinian militant group told a jury on Thursday as a long-anticipated civil trial got under way.

  • Where Ferguson's 'military' police get their gear Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 3:51 PM ET
    A member of the St. Louis County Police Department points his weapon in the direction of a group of protesters in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.

    "It's crazy that they say the Pentagon is adding any kind of fuel to that fire," says a Department of Defense source.