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  • UN Security Council meet as Ukraine weighs on market Friday, 2 May 2014 | 12:41 PM ET
    Ukrainian soldiers wait on the road as Pro-Russia separatists block the Kramators to Slavyansk road to prevent the Ukrainian national guard troops from advancing on May 2, 2014.

    Pro-Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian helicopters on Friday, killing two crew, as troops tightened their siege of separatist-held Slaviansk.

  • *Ukraine says separatists using heavy weapons, pilots killed. *Action comes after Russia revives Red Square May Day.

  • *Ukraine says separatists using heavy weapons, pilot killed. *Action comes after Russia revives Red Square May Day parade. SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 2- Ukrainian forces attacked the rebel-held city of Slaviansk before dawn on Friday and pro- Russia separatists shot down at least one attack helicopter, killing a pilot, in a sharp escalation of the conflict.

  • *Action comes hours after Russia revives Red Square May Day parade.

  • *Comes week before Abuja hosts World Economic Forum event. ABUJA, May 1- A suspected car bomb exploded on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital Abuja on Thursday, killing at least 15 people a week before the city was to host a conference of leaders and business executives focused on Africa's growth prospects, witnesses said.

  • *Russia holds first May Day parade on Red Square since 1991. *Parade held against background of Ukraine crisis.

  • Ukraine crisis showcases Russian military revamp Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 7:37 AM ET

    *Moscow defence spending up 30 pct since Georgia war. LONDON, April 30- Holding drills on Ukraine's border and sending bombers to the edge of NATO airspace, Russia's newly reformed military is in just the kind of regional confrontation it was redesigned for, experts say.

  • *U.S. keeps pressure on Iran, Ukraine tensions persist. NEW YORK, April 29- Oil prices rose on Tuesday as traders refocused on geopolitical risks from an outbreak of violence in Libya to Russia's intervention in Ukraine. June Brent crude futures settled at $108.98 per barrel, up 86 cents, or 0.8 percent, after spending much of the day above $109 per barrel.

  • *U.S. keeps pressure on Iran, Ukraine tensions persist. NEW YORK, April 29- Oil prices rose on Tuesday as traders refocused on geopolitical risks from an outbreak of violence in Libya to Russia's intervention in Ukraine. June Brent crude futures settled at $108.98 per barrel, up 86 cents, or 0.8 percent, after spending much of the day above $109 per barrel.

  • UPDATE 2-Russian assets rise on sanctions relief Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 | 12:43 PM ET

    *Sanctions over Ukraine targeted individuals not sectors. MOSCOW, April 29- Russian asset prices rose on Tuesday, reflecting investors' relief that new Western sanctions against Russia over Ukraine were less severe than many had feared, but shares gave up some gains after further civil unrest in eastern Ukraine.

  • BOGOTA, April 28- A Colombian rebel group stopped and set fire to 12 vehicles transporting contractors and equipment to repair a pipeline on behalf of state-owned oil company Ecopetrol, police officials said on Monday.

  • BENGHAZI, Libya, April 27- Libya's eastern oil port of Zueitina, which had been occupied by rebels as part of an eight-month oil blockade, will reopen after damage at its facilities has been assessed, the country's justice minister said on Sunday. "A conflict over resources in the centre of Libya will lead to violence.

  • America should supply weapons to Ukraine: Advisor Friday, 25 Apr 2014 | 4:55 PM ET
    Ian Brzezinski in 2003

    A prominent think tank advisor says it's going to take more than just the current sanctions to deter Russia's aggression against Ukraine.

  • Russia 'wants to start World War III': Ukrainian PM Friday, 25 Apr 2014 | 11:33 AM ET
    Arseniy Yatsenyuk

    Russia "wants to start World War III" and Moscow's veiled threats of military action could start an armed conflict in Europe, Ukraine's prime minister said.

  • *Ukraine forces kill up to 5 rebels. LONDON, April 25- Brent crude oil eased below $110 a barrel on Friday but was still near seven-week highs as escalating tensions over Ukraine between major oil producer Russia and the West heightened fears of supply disruption.

  • Ukraine says no let-up in "anti-terrorist" operation Friday, 25 Apr 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    KIEV, April 25- Ukraine is pressing on with its operation against pro-Russian rebels in the east and has ample military resources to keep up the offensive round the clock, the interior minister said on Friday.

  • *France, United Nations have spoken out against partition. BAMBARI, Central African Republic, April 24- In this dusty town at the heart of the Central African Republic, many angry Muslims advocate a simple solution to the threat of religious violence from Christian militias terrorising the country's south: partition.

  • UNITED NATIONS, April 24- The United Nations Security Council asked for an urgent investigation on Thursday into the ethnic massacre of hundreds of people in South Sudan's oil hub Bentiu and expressed its willingness to "take additional measures" if there are more attacks on civilians.

  • TRIPOLI, April 24- A rebel group in eastern Libya that controls several oil ports said on Thursday it would not reopen the key Ras Lanuf and Es Sider terminals unless the government implemented its part of a recent deal to end the oil blockade.

  • *Syria due to hand over all chemicals by Sunday. Syria became a member of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons last year as part of a deal with Russia and the United States to destroy its chemical weapons programme.