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  • TRIPOLI, Libya— Militants purportedly from the Islamic State group attacked an oil field near Libya's central coast, prompting a counterattack by the country's Islamist-backed government that included airstrikes, an official said Wednesday. Al-Waha said on its website that al-Dhahra is one of Libya's oldest fields, with production starting in 1962....

  • DONETSK, Ukraine— An explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn Wednesday in war-torn eastern Ukraine, killing at least one miner and trapping more than 30 others underground, rebel and government officials said. Eastern Ukraine has been wracked by fighting between government forces and Russian-backed rebels for almost a year, a conflict that has...

  • SHANGHAI— China played down U.S. concerns that proposed anti-terror legislation would give the Chinese government sweeping power to police electronic communications and marginalize foreign companies fighting for a share of China's $465 billion technology market, saying Wednesday that the law is purely designed to address domestic security issues.

  • Crude reality: Oil poses biggest political risk Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 2:12 AM ET

    Low oil prices will compound political risks across emerging markets this year, according to a new report released Wednesday.

  • Obama, EU leaders hint at more sanctions on Russia Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 7:30 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    Barack Obama and his European counterparts agreed to act quickly to impose more sanctions on Russia if Ukraine peace agreements not implemented.

  • SHANGHAI— China played down U.S. concerns that proposed anti-terror legislation would give the Chinese government sweeping power to police electronic communications and marginalize foreign companies fighting for a share of China's $465 billion technology market, saying Tuesday that the law is purely designed to address domestic security issues.

  • Azerbaijan watches for dissent as economy slows Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 5:50 AM ET

    BAKU, March 3- Azerbaijan is keeping a close eye on any sign of dissent as economic problems mount before a parliamentary election this year in the oil-producing former Soviet republic. Hit by the fall in global oil prices, the rouble's drop against the dollar in neighbouring Russia and the separatist war in east Ukraine, the South Caucasus country devalued the...

  • Oil and gas exploration company Forum Energy Plc. said the Department of Energy instructed it to halt all work in its contracted area at Reed Bank in the South China Sea off the western Philippine province of Palawan. The Energy Department issued the order because the area "falls within the territorial disputed area of the West Philippine Sea which is the...

  • Iraq battles to rebuild despite war and oil slump Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 AM ET

    *New city aims to house half a million people near Baghdad. *Challenges face mega projects planned for Basra, Baghdad. BAGHDAD, March 3- On a main highway south of Baghdad, dozens of buildings rise up from the Iraqi plains, the first blocks of a multi-billion-dollar city emerging from a landscape more accustomed to conflict and crisis than glitzy new development.

  • Blood near the Kremlin: Russia's media fight back Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 6:28 PM ET

    A corpse near the Kremlin is the perfect symbolic backdrop, Russian media say, for the West to step up a campaign to vilify President Vladimir Putin.

  • Russia protests: What they could mean for Putin Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 8:41 AM ET

    The Russian people’s reaction to the death of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov could shape Russia for decades.

  • RABAT, Morocco— Dallas- based Kosmos Energy said Monday its exploration well off the coast of the disputed Western Sahara territory has not yielded a commercial find and will be plugged, though the search would continue. Morocco annexed the largely desert territory of the Western Sahara in 1975 and fought a 15- year-old war with the Polisario independence...

  • UKRAINE MILITARY SPOKESMAN SAYS UKRAINIAN JOURNALIST KILLED AS A RESULT OF SHELLING IN EAST UKRAINE.

  • SANAA, Yemen— A suspected U.S. drone strike Saturday in central Yemen killed three men believed to be al-Qaida militants, security officials said. The U.S. has launched several strikes in recent weeks, reflecting Washington's resolve to keep fighting the militants despite Yemen's political paralysis. Meanwhile Saturday, the Shiite rebels who control Yemen's...

  • Russian opposition leader shot dead in street Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 4:29 AM ET
    Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov speaks at a protest rally in Moscow, Russia, on Monday, March 5, 2012.

    One of the most senior leaders of Russia's opposition was shot dead in Moscow, the Financial Times reports.

  • Putin slammed as 'naked king'...but ruble rallies Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 9:06 AM ET
    Vladimir Putin

    A high-profile critic of Vladimir Putin has likened him to a “naked king,” saying he presiding over an economy that will weaken further.

  • Gazprom has a 'much wider agenda': Naftogaz CEO Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 1:06 AM ET
    Andriy Kobolyev, chief executive officer of Naftogaz

    There's an agenda behind Gazprom's threats to cut European gas supplies, the CEO Ukraine’s state-owned gas firm told CNBC.

  • OXON HILL, Md.— Wisconsin Gov. The likely Republican presidential contender sparked pointed criticism from labor union leaders across the country after remarks delivered on the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference in suburban Washington. Islamic State militants have captured large parts of Iraq and neighboring Syria over the last...

  • ISIS smashes Iraq artifacts; BBC names 'Jihadi John' Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 12:49 PM ET
    In this image made from video posted on a social media account affiliated with the Islamic State group on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants attack ancient artifacts with sledgehammers in the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq.

    The Islamic State has released a video purportedly showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq.

  • Naftogaz CEO on Russia and pre-paid gas  Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 11:10 AM ET

    Discussing its situation with Russia over gas supplies, Andriy Kobolyev, CEO of Naftogaz, says they always kept a certain amount of pre-paid gas, during the winter season, at the volume they felt was appropriate.