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  • KUALA LUMPUR/ WASHINGTON March 11- Investigators in Malaysia are voicing skepticism that the airliner that disappeared early Saturday with 239 people on board was the target of an attack, U.S. and European government sources close to the probe said.

  • WASHINGTON, March 10- The U.S. Navy has awarded contracts worth nearly $1.4 billion to buy four more Littoral Combat Ships from Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal Ltd, the U.S. Defense Department said on Monday.

  • WASHINGTON, March 10- The U.S. Navy has awarded contracts worth nearly $1.4 billion to buy four more Littoral Combat Ships- two from Lockheed Martin Corp and two from Australia's Austal, the U.S. Defense Department said on Monday.

  • Russia vs Ukraine: 'No contest' if fighting starts Monday, 10 Mar 2014 | 3:45 PM ET
    Russian armored personnel carriers reported to be heading to Simferopol of Crimea, Ukraine.

    When it comes to the conflict over Crimea, Ukraine has few if any military options.

  • Russia vs Ukraine: No contest     Monday, 10 Mar 2014 | 1:30 PM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports that despite intense diplomatic discussions, Russia continues to infiltrate Crimea. Peter Felstead, Jane's Defence, breaks down the size differential and defense budgets of the Russian and Ukrainian militaries.

  • TRIPOLI, March 10- Libyan navy and allied militia forces have surrounded a North Korea- flagged tanker just outside an eastern port held by rebels, a navy spokesman said on Monday. The Morning Glory has loaded crude oil worth $30 million at the Es Sider port, bypassing Tripoli authorities, despite a government threat to bomb it should it sail away.

  • TRIPOLI, March 10- Libya's parliament has ordered a special force be sent within one week to "liberate" all rebel-held ports in the volatile east, officials said on Monday, raising the stakes over a blockage that has cut off vital oil revenues.

  • SERRANIA DE PERIJA, Colombia, March 10- After enduring eight hours of machine-gunfire and bombs between leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries, Maura Leonor Vega and her husband fled their home of four decades in Colombia's Andes for the shelter of the nearest town.

  • 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.