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  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, June 13- The sudden eruption of an al Qaeda- linked militant insurgency in northern Iraq this week triggered the biggest oil price spike in almost a year, as traders feared a civil war that might also draw in oil-rich neighbors.

  • UPDATE 8-Oil climbs amid escalating conflict in Iraq Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 2:14 PM ET

    *IEA plays down risk of sudden Iraq export hit. NEW YORK, June 13- Oil prices rose to new nine-month highs on Friday as concerns persisted that an insurgency in Iraq could disrupt oil exports from the second-largest OPEC producer.

  • WASHINGTON, June 13- President Barack Obama said on Friday he needs several days to determine how the United States will help Iraq deal with a militant insurgency, but he ruled out sending U.S. troops back into combat and said any intervention would be contingent on Iraqi leaders becoming more involved.

  • Oil demand to jump as Iraq pushes prices higher Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 1:18 PM ET

    The International Energy Agency report forecasts a jump in global oil demand, which affects both oil and gasoline prices. USA Today reports.

  • WASHINGTON, June 13- President Barack Obama said on Friday he will take several days to review options for how the United States can help Iraq deal with a militant insurgency, saying any action would need significant involvement by Iraq itself.

  • BAGHDAD, June 13- Iraq's most senior Shi'ite Muslim cleric urged followers to take up arms against a full-blown Sunni militant insurgency to topple Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, escalating a conflict that threatens civil war and a possible break-up of the country.

  • *IEA plays down risk of sudden Iraq export hit. LONDON, June 13- Brent crude edged further above $113 a barrel on Friday, up about $4 since the start of the week, on concerns that an insurgency in Iraq could trigger civil war and eventually hit oil exports. "The market in general is trying to assess the risks on Iraq.

  • UPDATE 6-Oil higher on escalating fighting in Iraq Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 9:25 AM ET

    *IEA plays down risk of sudden Iraq export hit. LONDON, June 13- Brent crude oil pared gains but remained above $113 a barrel on Friday on easing concerns that an insurgency in Iraq would trigger a sudden and significant halt in its oil exports. Most of Iraq's current oil exports come from south of Baghdad, still far from the Islamist rebel fighters.

  • ISIS militants steal $450M, advance on Baghdad Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 8:54 AM ET
    Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, June 11, 2014.

    The Sunni fighters, who stole $450 million in a bank heist, were reportedly only about 40 miles from Baghdad on Friday. NBC News reports.

  • *Iraq's most senior cleric urges followers to fight. BAGHDAD, June 13- Iraq's most senior Shi'ite cleric urged his followers to take up arms to defend themselves against a relentless advance by Sunni militants, in a sharp escalation of a conflict which is threatening civil war and the potential break-up of the country.

  • UPDATE 5-Oil edges higher on Iraq insurgency Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 7:48 AM ET

    *IEA plays down risk of sudden Iraq export hit. LONDON, June 13- Brent crude oil pared gains but remained above $113 a barrel on Friday on easing concerns that an insurgency in Iraq would trigger a sudden and significant halt in its oil exports. "The market in general is trying to assess the risks on Iraq.

  • Iran open to shared role with US in Iraq Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 5:37 AM ET

    Shiite Iran is so alarmed by Sunni insurgent gains in Iraq that it may be willing to cooperate with Washington.

  • *Separatist rebels control territory in east Ukraine. "At 10:34 a.m. the Ukrainian flag was raised over City Hall in Mariupol," Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on Facebook, less than six hours after the attack began on the city of 500,000, Ukraine's biggest Azov Sea port.

  • LONDON, June 13- In 1988, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini "drank the cup of poison" and agreed to a U.N.-mediated ceasefire with Saddam Hussein to end the devastating Iran- Iraq war.

  • BAQUBA, Iraq, June 13- Sunni Islamist militants gained more ground in Iraq overnight, moving into two towns in the eastern province of Diyala, while U.S. Militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant overran the northern city of Mosul earlier this week and have since pressed south towards Baghdad in an onslaught against the Shi'ite-led government.

  • Iraq: US involvement would be 'embarrassing'     Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 2:30 AM ET

    Jamie Ingram, Middle East analyst at IHS Country Risk, comments on the situation in Iraq and on how the U.S. could choose to intervene.

  • WASHINGTON, June 12- Top U.S. weapons maker Lockheed Martin Corp on Thursday said about 25 of its employees were being evacuated from the Balad area in northern Iraq as part of a larger effort to ensure their safety given growing violence in the region.

  • Former envoy says airstrikes needed on Iraqi rebels Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 6:06 PM ET
    An armored vehicle belonging to Iraqi security forces is in  flames after hundreds of militants launched a major assault.

    James Jeffrey, the former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, said the U.S. needs to deploy air power to stop the escalating violence in Iraq.

  • U.S. accuses Sudan of deadly attacks on civilians, Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 4:43 PM ET

    Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power came just days after a coalition of 45 organizations providing humanitarian aid or supporting peace efforts in Sudan wrote to the U.N. Security Council, African Union and Arab League demanding an end to attacks on civilians.

  • UNITED NATIONS, June 12- The top U.N. official in Iraq told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday there was no immediate danger of violence spreading to Baghdad, but that the northern offensive by Islamist rebels posed a great threat to the country's sovereignty, diplomats said.