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UPDATE 2-Russia playing games with gas supplies to spread concern – Romania

* Romanian energy firms may bid for local Enel asset (Adds market deregulation, Enel)






Russia’s Transneft says sanctions may delay oil pipelines launch

MOSCOW, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Russian oil pipeline monopoly Transneft said on Tuesday Western sanctions on Russia over Ukraine may delay the launch of new oil pipelines in Siberia.

UPDATE 5-Oil softens under $98, on weak demand, strong supply

* Brent above the October settlement close at two-year low






Yemen clashes between Shi’ite rebels and tribesmen kill 22 – sources

SANAA, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Twenty-two people were killed in fighting between Shi'ite Muslim rebels and government-allied tribesmen in northern Yemen on Monday and Tuesday, tribal and local sources told Reuters.

UPDATE 1-Ahead of independence vote, Britain pledges state funding to Scotland

* PM Cameron warns a breakaway vote would be irreversible

UPDATE 5-China seeks cleaner coal imports, some Australian miners hit

(Adds BHP coal chief comment) By Fayen Wong SHANGHAI, Sept 16 (Reuters) - China will ban the import and local sale of coal with high ash and sulphur content starting from 2015 in a bid to tackle air pollution, with tough requirements in major coastal cities set to hit Australian miners. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) policy comes as prices on the GlobalCOAL Newcastle index slump to a five-year low amid a supply glut and slowing demand from China, the world's

CORRECTED-UPDATE 4-China seeks cleaner coal imports, some Australian miners hit

(Corrects paragraph 3 to say thermal coal exceeded ash limit) By Fayen Wong SHANGHAI, Sept 16 (Reuters) - China will ban the import and local sale of coal with high ash and sulphur content starting from 2015 in a bid to tackle air pollution, with tough requirements in major coastal cities set to hit Australian miners. The National Development and Reform Commission policy comes as prices on the GlobalCOAL Newcastle index slump to a five-year low amid a supply glut and slowing demand






Britain pledges state funding to Scotland ahead of independence vote

EDINBURGH, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Britain promised to guarantee Scotland's high levels of state funding, granting Scots control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday's vote on independence.






UPDATE 1-Russia considers Rosneft request for help from state fund

* Dvorkovich says Rosneft has rights for state help (Adds quotes, details)

Salmond a likely winner whichever way Scots vote on independence

* But Salmond unlikely to skulk off if he loses on Thursday






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