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  • TOKYO, Feb 28- U.S. crude oil fell further on Friday, as civil unrest in Ukraine continued to curb risk appetite and fuel fears of weaker oil demand, although the contract remains on track for a monthly gain. *U.S. crude futures for April delivery were down 45 cents at $101.95 a barrel by 0012 GMT, still on track for a monthly gain of 4.6 percent.

  • UPDATE 7-Brent oil weakens on Ukraine worries Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | 2:22 PM ET

    *Ukraine tension darkens Europe outlook. NEW YORK, Feb 27- Brent oil futures fell on Thursday, pressured by civil unrest in Ukraine that curbed overall risk appetite and fueled fears that it would slow growth in Europe and lessen oil demand. Draws from Cushing oil stocks helped narrow U.S. oil's discount to Brent to nearly $6 per barrel, the tightest since Oct. 7.

  • Senator John McCain said on Tuesday a proposed agreement to sell 24 Apache attack helicopters to Iraq should be reconsidered because of a Reuters report that Iran has signed a deal to sell Iraq arms and ammunition worth $195 million.

  • BANGKOK, Feb 25- Thailand announced a slump in trade figures on Tuesday with the biggest drop in imports in more than four years in January, as months of anti-government protests extended their economic toll beyond falling tourism numbers.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- The Pentagon said on Monday it would shrink the U.S. Army to pre-World War Two levels, eliminate the popular A-10 aircraft and reduce military benefits in order to meet 2015 spending caps, setting up an election-year fight with the Congress over national defense priorities.

  • Chart of the Day: US military dollars vs the world Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 1:04 PM ET
    A U.S. Navy technician walks past a row of F/A-18 Super Hornet combat jets, aboard the USS George Washington aircraft carrier near Eastern Samar, the Philippines, Nov. 20, 2013.

    The U.S. spent more than $600 billion on its military forces in 2012, the latest figures available. Here's a look at where the money went.

  • Pentagon to shrink Army to pre-World War II level Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 10:32 AM ET
    US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

    The U.S. government plans to shrink the Army in a new spending proposal. It would be the smallest force since before the Second World War.

  • *France's Western allies reluctant to send troops to help. PARIS/ DAKAR, Feb 23- When France sent troops to halt violence between Christians and Muslims in Central African Republic, commanders named the mission Sangaris after a local butterfly to reflect its short life.

  • Libyan militias tell parliament: Step down or else Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 2:35 PM ET
    Libyan protesters demonstrate against the extended mandate of the General National Congress, the country's highest political authority, in Benghazi, on February 14, 2014.

    Two powerful Libyan militias warned members of parliament to step down Tuesday or face arrest.

  • China-Japan conflict is 'up to Japan': ICBC     Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    "It's up to Japan" whether there would be an armed conflict between Tokyo and Beijing, says Jiang Jianqing, chairman at the ICBC.

  • A suicide car bomber blew himself up in the parking lot of a top security compound in central Cairo on Friday, killing at least four people.

  • United Technologies profit tops Street estimates Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 | 7:20 AM ET
    United Technologies

    United Technologies reported a rise in profit that topped Wall Street estimates, helped by a stronger performance across its businesses.

  • Egyptians overwhelmingly back constitution Sunday, 19 Jan 2014 | 3:44 AM ET
    Nabil Salib (center), head of Egypt’s Supreme Electoral Commission announces that majority of voters approved the an amended version of Egypt's 2012 constitution in a two-day vote.

    More than 98 percent of voters backed a new Egyptian constitution in a referendum this week, authorities said on Saturday, though the turnout was lower than some officials had indicated, with under 40 percent of the electorate taking part.

  • Former Defense Secretary Gates new tell-all     Wednesday, 8 Jan 2014 | 7:52 PM ET

    Steve Bucci, Heritage Foundation Foreign Policy Studies, and Gen. Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, discuss Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' book, which slams the leadership of President Obama.

  • Securing Sochi: Protecting the Olympics     Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 | 1:44 PM ET

    NBC's Jim Maceda reports the suicide bomber in Volgograd, Russia has been identified, and on the security measures being taken to protect athletes and attendees at the winter games.

  • Securing Sochi for the Olympics     Monday, 30 Dec 2013 | 1:02 PM ET

    Gen. Barry McCaffrey, McCaffrey Associates, discusses the turmoil in Russia and how Sochi can be secured for the Winter Olympics.

  • Charlotte Ingham, senior political risk analyst at Maplecroft, warns that conflict and political instability will continue to increase in 2014, especially in Middle Eastern and North African states.

  • Moscovici: France must invest in Africa Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 7:40 AM ET

    France must increase its investment in Africa, the country's finance minister, Pierre Moscovici, told CNBC ahead of a summit in Paris.

  • Iran’s economy set for post-nuclear deal boost Monday, 25 Nov 2013 | 5:44 AM ET
    Iranian President Hasan Rouhani.

    Iran’s economic troubles may have been what finally brought it back to talks which ended in a breakthrough nuclear deal with six other world powers.

  • United Technologies earnings barely beat Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013 | 7:41 AM ET
    Visitors look at a PurePower PW1500 aircraft engine manufactured by Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

    United Technologies also raised the low end of its 2013 profit forecast, citing cost savings from restructuring and improving sales trends.