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Wall Street Journal: As negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program continue, the U.S. is encouraging some companies to go to Iran to give its leaders an incentive to stay at the bargaining table. But it could be a tough sell. Billions of dollars in fines have conditioned banks to see any Iran deal as toxic, sanctions experts say. Even the appearance of a connection to Iran could delay bank transactions for months or years.

Reuters: Iran's biggest clients took in a quarter more oil in the first six months of 2014 than in the same period of last year, with China and India holding to the higher volumes they started after the agreement that relaxed Western sanctions on Tehran. Iran's exports to its top four oil buyers - China, India, Japan and South Korea - may keep rising even though a deadline for a final deal on its disputed nuclear programme had to be extended. 

Reuters: The United States faces an awkward rival in its first attempts in 40 years to export crude oil - Iran. Iran, whose economy has been throttled by Western sanctions that have halved its crude shipments, is now selling higher quality and cheaper oil to China that leaves little room for the U.S. crude to enter the world's top energy consumer.

UPI: The U.S. Treasury Department said sanctions relief on Iran, which includes oil export provisions, is extended through November. Iran under the terms of a November 2013 agreement secured relief from some of the sanctions targeting its energy sector in exchange for a pledge to cut back on its nuclear research activity.

AP: The European Union has agreed to keep holding off on some sanctions against Iran as negotiations continue on a comprehensive deal. Before the negotiations began in January, the EU agreed to suspend for six months a ban on insuring and transporting Iranian oil, as well as a trade ban affecting Iranian petrochemicals, gold and other precious metals. The EU extended its suspension of those sanctions, also until Nov. 24.

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