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  • Israel intensifies attacks on Gaza Strip  Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 6:06 AM ET

    NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin, reports on the latest violence in the Middle East. Airstrikes may not be enough to stop the unrest, says Mohyeldin.

  • NEW DELHI, July 8- Britain's foreign secretary lobbied India on Tuesday to buy Eurofighter military aircraft, suggesting that London has not yet abandoned hope of ousting France's Rafale from a multi-billion-dollar combat jet order.

  • DONETSK, Ukraine, July 7- Pro-Russian rebels erected new barricades on the streets of Donetsk on Monday, preparing to make a stand in the city of a million people after losing their bastion in the town of Slaviansk in the worst defeat of their three-month uprising. Ukraine's richest man, Rinat Ahmetov, pleaded with the government on Monday not to bomb his home city.

  • Take that, ISIS: Refugees start up own businesses Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 12:10 PM ET
    The beauty salon run by Syrian Majedah al-Dabogh in Zaatri, a Jordanian border city that has become home to 100,000 or more refugees.

    A growing number of people who've fled Iraq and Syria are actually managing start their own businesses in Jordan.

  • Is a restoration of order underway in Ukraine?  Sunday, 6 Jul 2014 | 7:44 PM ET

    Pavlo Sultansky, Ambassador of Ukraine to Singapore, says the retake of Slaviansk by Ukrainian forces indicates that order being restored. He is confident that other territories will be recaptured soon.

  • ISTANBUL, July 3- Yakup Saygili ranked among Turkey's top police commanders until he launched anti-graft raids that touched on Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's circle. Now he sits at home, victim of a purge he says has undermined specialist units' ability to tackle a growing terrorist threat spilling from the Middle East.

  • *Libya deal with rebels may make 500,000 bpd available for exports. SINGAPORE, July 3- Brent futures dipped towards $111 a barrel on Thursday as supply fears eased after Libya declared an end to an oil crisis that has cut exports from the OPEC member to a trickle, although declines will be capped by concerns over Iraq.

  • *Libya deal with rebels may make 500,000 bpd available for exports. SINGAPORE, July 3- Brent futures dipped below $111 a barrel on Thursday as supply fears eased after Libya declared an end to an oil crisis that has cut exports from the OPEC member to a trickle, although declines will be capped by concerns over Iraq.

  • Merkel warns Russia on sanctions ahead of talks Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 11:33 AM ET

    Germany's Angela Merkel warned Moscow ahead of talks on Ukraine that economic sanctions remained an option unless it backed peace efforts.

  • LONDON, July 2- Oil fell below $112 a barrel on Wednesday, heading for its lowest close in almost three weeks, on a possible substantial recovery in Libyan exports after rebels said they would reopen two oil terminals. The port seizures have crippled the OPEC producer's oil industry since last summer.

  • LONDON, July 2- Oil fell towards $111 a barrel on Wednesday, its lowest in almost three weeks, on a possible substantial recovery in Libyan exports after rebels said they would reopen two oil terminals. "This time it seems credible," Carsten Fritsch told Reuters Global Oil Forum. Brent was down 63 cents a barrel at $111.66 by 0948 GMT.

  • UPDATE 3-Oil steadies above $112 on supply fears Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 5:21 AM ET

    *Worries over Iraq oil output but analysts say risks low. LONDON, July 2- Brent crude oil steadied above $112 a barrel on Wednesday as fighting in Iraq heightened concerns over the country's oil production, but rebels in Libya said they would reopen two oil terminals, increasing supply.

  • Russia, Ukraine ministers to meet for crisis talks Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 4:07 AM ET
    Pro-Russian activists prepare to break through the gate in front of TRK Donbass television station on April 27, 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

    The Russian, Ukrainian, German and French foreign ministers will meet in Berlin on Wednesday to try to resolve the Ukraine crisis.

  • What are Abe's intentions behind defense reform?  Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 9:34 PM ET

    Stephen Nagy, Associate Professor at International Christian University, says Japan's decision to end the ban on "collective self-defense" has no offensive motivations.

  • TRIPOLI, July 1- Libyan rebels blockading key eastern oil ports have agreed to reopen the remaining two terminals at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf on Wednesday, a rebel spokesman said, in a "goodwill gesture" that could restore a big part of the OPEC country's lost exports. Since last summer, the port seizures have crippled Libya's oil industry.

  • *Putin says he and Europe could not sway Poroshenko on ceasefire. KIEV, July 1- Ukrainian forces struck at pro-Russian separatist bases in eastern regions with air and artillery strikes on Tuesday after President Petro Poroshenko announced he would not renew a ceasefire but go on the offensive to rid Ukraine of "parasites".

  • Sanctions bring Russian growth to standstill: IMF Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 11:56 AM ET

    Sanctions imposed on Russia have brought growth to a standstill and have had a "chilling effect" on investment, the IMF warned.

  • BAGHDAD, July 1- The acting speaker of Iraq's newly elected parliament, Mehdi al-Hafidh, told lawmakers on Tuesday the country needed to restore stability and security so it could move on to the "right" path. Sunni insurgents have captured large swathes of territory in Iraq's north over the past three weeks and have been in control of land in the west since January.

  • Russian shares opened lower on Tuesday after Ukraine's president said he would renew offensive operations against pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine following the end of a ceasefire.

  • *Gold hits highest since late March. SINGAPORE, July 1- Gold climbed to a three-month high on Tuesday as a softer dollar and escalating violence in Iraq increased the metal's appeal, boosting inflows into the top bullion-backed fund. Spot gold climbed to $1,332.10 an ounce, its highest since March 24, and was flat at $1,327.41 by 0240 GMT.