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  • LONDON, March 10- Owners and operators of high-voltage transmission lines and substations must identify critical facilities and implement a security plan to protect them from physical attack, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered on Friday.

  • The value of the cargo is close to $30 million. State-run National Oil Corp said it would sue anyone trying to buy the oil. "NOC will... enforce its rights over the cargo and hold responsible all the parties participating in illicit transactions relating to it in any jurisdiction, both within and outside of Libya," it said in a statement.

  • TRIPOLI, March 10- A North Korean-flagged tanker has finished loading crude at the Libyan rebel-controlled port of Es Sider but has not yet left the terminal, Libyan oil officials said on Monday.

  • *Independent crude shipment to market challenges Tripoli. TRIPOLI, March 8- Libya threatened on Saturday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tried to ship oil from a rebel-controlled port, in a major escalation of a standoff over the country's petroleum wealth.

  • *Navy threatened tankers loading crude at seized ports. TRIPOLI, March 8- Armed protesters controlling ports in eastern Libya said on Saturday they had started independently exporting oil, bypassing the central government in a major escalation of their blockade to demand a share of the nation's petroleum wealth.

  • TRIPOLI, March 8- Armed protesters who have seized oil ports in eastern Libya said on Saturday they had started exporting oil, bypassing the Tripoli government, with their first shipment going to a North Korean-flagged tanker.

  • *Stocks exposed to Russia under renewed pressure. LONDON, March 7- European shares fell on Friday, amid growing tension over Crimea, as investors tried to shield themselves from any confrontation between Russia and Ukraine on the weekend.

  • *Putin harnesses Russian Orthodox Church to support Ukraine policy. MOSCOW, March 7- As troops loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin were seizing control of Crimea, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow deduced that an "internal political crisis" in Ukraine was threatening its territorial integrity.

  • Impact of economic sanctions on Russia     Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 7:09 PM ET

    Discussing how economic sanctions imposed on Russian banks could damage the Russian economy, with Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia.

  • Discussing Crimea's referendum to join Russia and if it can be stopped, with former White House National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, and Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia.

  • Big escalation in Crimea     Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    Tensions escalate in Crimea as they ready to take a vote on whether to become part of Russia, reports NBC's Ian Williams with the latest from the region.

  • President Barack Obama says he has signed an executive order that authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

  • Discussing if Russian president Vladimir Putin has begun to soften his position on Ukraine, with Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia; John Herbst former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine; and Charles Dallara, Partners Group managing director,

  • Billions of Ukraine aid to land in Russia?     Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 3:44 PM ET

    The U.S. and EU are readying funds to support Ukraine. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera explains how those funds could end up in Russia.

  • Harwood: On a diplomatic track for now     Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 3:31 PM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood reacts to Secretary of State John Kerry's comments on the Ukrainian crisis.

  • Sec. Kerry: Hope ideas lead to de-escalation     Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 3:28 PM ET

    Secretary of State John Kerry discusses the parameters of his discussions with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

  • Secretary of State John Kerry has agreed to continue discussions to help stabilize and overcome the crisis in Ukraine. Kerry also commented on Lebanon saying the U.S. is deeply concerned about security and sovereignty of the people of Lebanon.

  • WRAPUP 5-Russia rebuffs West on Crimea amid Paris talks Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    PARIS/ KIEV, March 5- Russia rebuffed Western demands to withdraw forces in Ukraine's Crimea region to their bases on Wednesday amid a day of high-stakes diplomacy in Paris aimed at easing tensions over Ukraine and averting the risk of war.

  • In "propaganda" war, Crimeans hear different reality Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 12:31 PM ET

    KIEV/ SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine, March 4- Two days before Russian forces began the operation to seize Crimea, somebody threw two Molotov cocktails through the window of Black Sea TV. "It was a warning to us, so that we would stop," recalls Alexandra Kvitko, editor-in-chief of the only independent television station in the southern Ukrainian region.

  • President Barack Obama announces a loan to Ukraine of $1 billion to give them technical assistance needed to repair its economy and provide assistance in planning for its upcoming elections.