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OPEC, Russia see smooth road to global deal on output cut

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VIENNA Russia and Saudi Arabia said they expect OPEC and non-OPEC producers to reach an agreement on Saturday to curtail oil output and prop up prices in the first such joint move since 2001.

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Saudis order oil cuts to U.S., Europe before non-OPEC talks 12:07am GMT

VIENNA Saudi Arabia has told its U.S. and European customers it will reduce oil deliveries from January, as Russia said it was confident non-OPEC producers would fully join OPEC's output limits on Saturday in the first such move since 2001.

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Saudis order oil cuts to U.S., Europe before non-OPEC talks 09 Dec 2016

VIENNA Saudi Arabia has told its U.S. and European customers it will reduce oil deliveries from January, as Russia said it was confident non-OPEC producers would fully join OPEC's output limits on Saturday in the first such move since 2001.

UPDATE 8-Saudis order oil cuts to U.S., Europe before non-OPEC talks 09 Dec 2016

* Saudis maintain high oil exports to Asia (Adds Saudi energy minister)

U.S. advises Congress of possible military sales to UAE, Saudi, Qatar 08 Dec 2016

WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department notified Congress on Thursday of possible military sales to Saudi Arabia worth $3.51 billion, to the United Arab Emirates worth $3.5 billion and to Qatar for $781 million, the Pentagon said in a statement.

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May slaps down Johnson over Saudi comments 08 Dec 2016

LONDON British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was not setting out government policy when he said Saudi Arabia and Iran were stoking proxy wars across the Middle East, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday.

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Yemen says U.N. roadmap to end conflict sets 'dangerous precedent' 07 Dec 2016

WASHINGTON Yemen on Tuesday appeared to reject a U.N. plan to end its civil war, saying the roadmap would create a "dangerous international precedent" by legitimising the rebellion against the country's internationally recognised government.

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Egypt advisory council says Red Sea islands should remain Egyptian 05 Dec 2016

CAIRO An Egyptian state advisory body recommended on Monday that a Cairo court uphold a ruling that annulled an agreement giving Saudi Arabia control of two Red Sea islands.

Saudi, Kuwait expect to restart Neutral Zone oilfields soon - sources 04 Dec 2016

DUBAI Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are expected to agree this month to resume oil production from the jointly operated oilfields in the Neutral Zone that lies between both countries, industry sources told Reuters on Sunday.

UPDATE 1-Saudi, Kuwait expect to restart Neutral Zone oilfields soon -sources 04 Dec 2016

DUBAI, Dec 4 Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are expected to agree this month to resume oil production from the jointly operated oilfields in the Neutral Zone that lies between both countries, industry sources told Reuters on Sunday.

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Islamic State militants capture most of Palmyra - Syria monitor, rebels

AMMAN Islamic State militants on Saturday captured most of Palmyra after penetrating Syrian army defences and securing strategic heights around the ancient city in eastern Syria following a surprise assault, a monitoring group and rebels said.