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  • MOSCOW, Oct 10- Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russia's top natural gas producer Gazprom, is still interested in Kurdistan's oil, a Gazprom Neft source said, rebutting reports it had frozen projects in the Iraqi province.

  • Iraq says oil production can be doubled by 2015 Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 5:44 AM ET

    BAGHDAD-- Iraq's top energy official is predicting that the country's current oil production of 3.4 million barrels per day will double by 2015.. Deputy Prime Minister Hussein al-Shahristani on Wednesday also said Iraq's long term target is to produce up to 10 million barrels of oil daily by 2020..

  • Iraq picks U.S. firm CH2M Hill for $170 mln contract Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:47 AM ET

    BAGHDAD, Oct 10- Iraq has picked U.S. firm CH2M Hill for a contract worth $170 million to help manage a water injection project, the head of state-run South Oil Co. said on Wednesday. "The South Oil Company has selected CH2M Hill to offer consultancy for the management of the seawater injection project," Dhiya Jaafar said.

  • *NATO says plans in place to defend Turkey from Syria. LONDON, Oct 10- Brent crude oil rose above $114 a barrel on Wednesday as worries over the security of Middle East supplies outweighed increasing evidence of slowing global economic growth.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 10- Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russia's top natural gas producer Gazprom, is still interested in Kurdistan's oil, a Gazprom Neft source said, rebutting reports it had frozen projects in the Iraqi province.

  • *NATO says plans in place to defend Turkey from Syria. SINGAPORE, Oct 10- Brent crude slipped to near $114 per barrel on Wednesday, after jumping more than 2 percent in the previous session, as worries about global economic growth muddied the outlook for demand and offset supply fears stemming from tensions in the Middle East.

  • *Weak economic outlook, stronger dollar depress oil* NATO says plans in place to defend Turkey from Syria* U.S. crude stockpiles forecast to rise 1 mln bbls- poll* Coming Up: API weekly oil inventories data; 2030 GMT By Florence Tan.

  • *Weak economic outlook, stronger dollar depress oil* NATO says plans in place to defend Turkey from Syria* U.S. crude stockpiles forecast to rise 1 mln bbls- poll* Coming up: API weekly oil inventories data at 2030 GMT By Florence Tan.

  • Russian markets - Factors to Watch on Oct 10 Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:48 AM ET

    MOSCOW- Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki. MOSCOW- Putin to meet with officials to discuss the situation on the national and international grain market. MOSCOW- Court hearing in appeal by members of punk group Pussy Riot.

  • *NATO says plans in place to defend Turkey from Syria. SINGAPORE, Oct 10- Brent crude slipped near $114 on Wednesday after a jump of 2 percent the previous day, with a cloudy economic outlook offsetting fears about disruptions to Middle East oil supply as a conflict between Turkey and Syria escalated.

  • *Turkey warns Syria about cross-border shelling. Shelling along the Turkey- Syria border, hostility between Iran and the West and an impending Israeli election have reinforced fears about potential threats to oil supplies from the Middle East Gulf.

  • UPDATE 2-Putin backs Russian push for Iraqi oil Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 12:10 AM ET

    *Gazprom Neft still interested in Kurdistan- sources. NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, Oct 10- President Vladimir Putin lobbied Iraq's prime minister on Wednesday to support Russian energy investment, as the oil arm of gas export monopoly Gazprom pushes for a foothold in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan.

  • Caro, Shadid among National Book Award finalists Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 12:04 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Robert Caro, Junot Diaz and the late Anthony Shadid were among the finalists announced Wednesday for the National Book Awards. Other nominees included the novelists Dave Eggers and Louise Erdrich and nonfiction writers Anne Applebaum and Katherine Boo.

  • *NATO says plans in place to defend Turkey from Syria. SINGAPORE, Oct 10- Brent crude slipped below $114 on Wednesday after a 2 percent jump the previous day, with a cloudy economic outlook offsetting fears about disruptions to Middle East oil supply as a conflict between Turkey and Syria escalated.

  • Top US ag negotiator: Farm exports likely down $1B Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:55 PM ET

    STUTTGART, Ark.-- The nation's top agricultural negotiator said Tuesday that he expects farm exports to be down between $1 billion and $2 billion this year because of the drought. He added that he doesn't believe a one-year dip would lead to a lasting slowdown in sales to Asia, where China is a major buyer of U.S. dairy and meat, or elsewhere.

  • By Robert Gibbons and Matthew Robinson. NEW YORK, Oct 9- Oil prices jumped on Tuesday, snapping two sessions of losses, as escalating turmoil on the border of Turkey and Syria heightened concerns of a supply disruption in a tense Middle East. He later told reporters that the OPEC powerhouse would prefer to see oil prices closer to $100 a barrel.

  • Civil war leaves Syrian economy, cities in ruins Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:58 PM ET

    BEIRUT-- In Syria's cities and towns, entire blocks of apartment buildings have been shattered, their top floors reduced to pancaked slabs of concrete. Although there are some pockets of Syria that have been relatively shielded from the conflict, the destruction in most of the country's major cities is staggering.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- Oil prices jumped on Tuesday, snapping a string of two lower settlements, as the threat of supply disruption in a tense Middle East countered concerns about slower growth and resulting sluggish demand for oil.

  • Med Crude-Urals stronger in Baltic on arbitrage Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 1:17 PM ET

    *Azeri Nov exports to rise, Iraq cuts OSP for Europe. In the Platts window, BP bid in the Baltic for an Oct 22-26 Urals cargo at dated Brent minus $1.30 a barrel, some 30 cents stronger than on Monday, and Exxon bid for an Oct 20-24 cargo at dated Brent minus $1.35, traders said.

  • In Ohio, Mandel's Senate bid faces Dems' scrutiny Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 1:03 PM ET

    CHILLICOTHE, Ohio-- Josh Mandel, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, declines to take a stand on the 2009 bailout of the auto industry and reserves judgment on vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's plans for Medicare.