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  • SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 14- Towns in eastern Ukraine on Monday braced for military action from government forces after Kiev gave pro-Russian separatists a 9 a.m. deadline to disarm and end their occupation of state buildings or face a major "anti-terrorist" operation.

  • *Ukraine gives separatists until 0600 GMT Monday to lay down arms. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 13- Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" by its armed forces, raising the risk of a military confrontation with Moscow.

  • Casualties reported as Ukraine readies offensive Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 1:28 PM ET

    U.N. Security Council has called an emergency meeting at Russia's request to discuss the growing crisis

  • *NATO alarmed by well organised armed men in east Ukraine. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 13- Ukraine's armed forces plan to launch a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Russian separatists, acting president Oleksander Turchinov said on Sunday, raising the risk of a military confrontation with Moscow.

  • *NATO alarmed by well organised armed men in east Ukraine. SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 13- Ukrainian security forces launched an operation on Sunday to clear pro-Russian separatists from state buildings in the eastern city of Slaviansk, with dead reported on both sides as Kiev combatted what it calls an act of aggression by Moscow.

  • *Kiev says security operation underway in city of Slaviansk. SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 13- Ukrainian security forces launched an operation on Sunday to clear pro-Russian separatists from state buildings in the eastern city of Slaviansk, with dead reported on both sides as Kiev combats what it calls an act of aggression by Moscow.

  • *White House accused Moscow of fomenting instability. *Russia warns Kiev not to use force against militants.

  • *White House accused Moscow of fomenting instability. SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 13- Ukraine's government said on Sunday it was sending security forces into the eastern city of Slaviansk where pro-Russian militants have seized control in what Kiev describes as an act of aggression by the Kremlin.

  • *Armed men seize buildings in eastern Ukraine. *Kiev says cut-off of Russian gas looking likely. KIEV/ MOSCOW, April 12- Armed men seized official buildings in a city in eastern Ukraine on Saturday and hoisted the Russian flag, deepening a stand-off with Moscow which, Kiev warned, was dragging Europe into a "gas war" that could disrupt supplies across the continent.

  • *Armed men seize buildings in eastern Ukraine. *Kiev says cut-off of Russian gas looking likely.

  • *Ukraine says Russian gas price hike unacceptable. *Armed men seize buildings in eastern Ukraine. KIEV, April 12- Armed pro-Russian militants raised the Russian flag in an eastern Ukrainian city on Saturday, deepening a stand-off with Moscow which, Kiev warned, was dragging Europe closer to a "gas war" that could disrupt supplies across the continent.

  • TRIPOLI, April 11- Libya may have averted a state collapse by striking a deal with eastern rebels to reopen occupied oil ports, but technical delays and simmering federalist dissent threaten to disrupt production once again.

  • WASHINGTON, April 10- The U.S. Navy hopes to smooth out the impact on Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal of a budget-driven decision to order three Littoral Combat Ships instead of four in fiscal year 2015, the Navy's top weapons buyer said on Thursday.

  • *Putin says cut-off of gas to Ukraine possible. MOSCOW/WASHINGTON, April 10- President Vladimir Putin warned on Thursday that Russian gas supplies to Europe could be disrupted if Moscow cuts the flow to Ukraine over unpaid bills, drawing a U.S. accusation that it is using energy "as a tool of coercion".

  • At "Donkey Springs", bombers choke off Iraq oil exports Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 12:03 PM ET

    MOSUL/ BAGHDAD, April 10- Militants whose bombs have shut Iraq's main northern oil export pipeline for 40 days are preventing repairs, threatening to extend an outage that is already the longest since the days of sanctions in the 1990 s.

  • *Ukraine says Russia playing out "Crimean scenario" in east. NEW YORK, April 7 (Reuters)- Brent crude oil dropped by $1 on Monday, snapping a two-day rise and taking U.S. crude with it after Libyan rebels occupying four eastern oil ports agreed to end an eight-month blockade, raising the prospect of increased supply to world markets.

  • TRIPOLI, April 7- Libya's Zueitina oil port prepared on Monday to load crude on tankers after the government reached a deal with rebels to reopen four terminals that insurgents have occupied since summer.

  • The Defense Department decided it could skip further orders for Boeing's F/A-18 fighter jets and EA-18G electronic attack planes after concluding that a halt in their production would not jeopardize suppliers for other big weapons programs, said Elana Broitman, the Pentagon's top industrial base official.

  • BENGHAZI/ TRIPOLI, Libya, April 3- Libya has seen evidence of "good intentions" at indirect talks with eastern rebels which could lead to the lifting of their blockage of major oil ports within days, a government minister said on Thursday.

  • BENGHAZI, Libya, April 3- Libya has seen "good intentions" at indirect talks with eastern rebels which might lead to the lifting of their blockage of major oil ports within days, acting oil minister Omar Shakmak said on Thursday. It was later boarded by U.S. commandos and returned to Libya, killing hopes of the rebels to sell oil.