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  • JERUSALEM, Oct 30- Israel's surprise rate cut appears to have come from a confluence of a rising shekel meeting a weakening economy. The cut was particularly surprising given that the Bank of Israel had expressed concern over rising housing prices, according to the minutes of its September 24 rates decision.

  • LONDON, Oct 29- Global consumer confidence edged higher in the third quarter, underpinned by an improvement in the United States, although uncertainty about the economy continued to cap spending, a survey showed. Sixty two percent of global consumers said they believed their national economies were in recession, up from 57 percent in the previous quarter, according to the survey by global information company Nielsen, released on Monday.

  • DUBAI, Oct 29- Iran holds pictures of Israeli bases and other restricted areas obtained from a drone launched into Israeli airspace earlier this month, an Iranian lawmaker was quoted as saying on Monday. Lebanese militant group Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the aircraft, saying its parts had been manufactured in Iran and assembled in Lebanon.

  • Former Israeli bank chairman indicted Sunday, 28 Oct 2012 | 10:53 AM ET

    JERUSALEM-- Israel's Justice Ministry has indicted the former chairman of a major bank on charges including aggravated fraud and money laundering. The suspicions against Danny Dankner, who served as chairman of Bank Hapoalim between 2007 and 2009, center on the lender's dealings with Turkey's BankPozitif.

  • FACTBOX-The wealthy behind U.S. presidential race Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:48 PM ET

    Oct 26- Individual donors to U.S. presidential candidates can contribute up to $2,500 for the state-by-state party nominating contests and another $2,500 for the general election.

  • UPDATE 1-FDA approves Teva leukemia drug Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 3:49 PM ET

    Oct 26- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday said it has approved a new leukemia treatment from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to be sold under the brand name Synribo.

  • A circus comes to Gaza _ minus lions and ladies Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 3:15 PM ET

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip-- The circus came to Gaza on Friday, but getting it there required its own high-wire act. No women performers were included for fear of offending conservative Palestinians and their Hamas rulers and the high-cost of legal transport prevented animals from taking part.

  • Reuters World News Highlights 1400 GMT, Oct 26 Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 2:11 PM ET

    NASSAU- Hurricane Sandy pounded the Bahamas with battering winds and rain on Friday, sweeping over the island chain after killing 21 people across the Caribbean and posing a menacing threat to the U.S. East Coast.

  • *Weeping, Kweku Adoboli tells court was all for bank's benefit. LONDON, Oct 26- Former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli wept on Friday as he told a jury that his ``off-book trades'' were done for the benefit of a bank that meant everything to him. The 32- year-old British-educated Ghanaian was arrested on Sept. 15, 2011, and blamed for losses of $2.3 billion.

  • FDA approves Teva drug for late-stage leukemia Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 11:41 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Teva Pharmaceutical's drug Synribo to treat patients with a type of blood and bone marrow cancer. An estimated 5,430 people will be diagnosed with the cancer this year, according to the National Institutes of Health.

  • POLL-Geopolitics, monetary easing to support oil Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 11:30 AM ET

    ``Supply risks are likely to push oil prices higher and ultra-loose monetary policy by major central banks should also increase liquidity in commodity markets and boost demand,'' said Carsten Fritsch, senior commodity analyst at Commerzbank.

  • Romney closing argument focuses on the economy Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 11:28 AM ET

    DEFIANCE, Ohio-- Mitt Romney is trying to close the deal with voters by focusing on their economic concerns, an area where polling shows the Republican nominee has an edge heading into the final days of the campaign.

  • LONDON, Oct 26- Accused UBS ``rogue trader'' Kweku Adoboli said on Friday he did not believe his behaviour had been fraudulent and it was unfair to suggest that his previous jobs in the UBS back office had given him the knowledge and skills to commit fraud.

  • ANALYSIS-Hamas brinkmanship masks quiet confidence Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 10:09 AM ET

    *Arab Spring puts Hamas on broader Islamist path. *Hamas aims to lead Palestinian national movement.

  • Reuters World News Highlights 2200 GMT Oct 25 Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 10:04 PM ET

    BEIRUT/ GENEVA- Syria's army command announced a ceasefire on Thursday to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha but said it reserved the right to respond to any rebel attack or moves to reinforce President Bashar al-Assad's armed foes.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 25- Brent crude futures edged higher on Thursday after seven straight sessions of losses, as the threat of Hurricane Sandy to East Coast gasoline and heating oil supplies lifted markets.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 25- Brent crude futures edged higher on Thursday after seven straight sessions of losses, as the threat of Hurricane Sandy to East Coast gasoline and heating oil supplies lifted markets.

  • Reuters World News Highlights 1800 GMT Oct 25 Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 6:01 PM ET

    BEIRUT/ GENEVA- Syria's army command announced a ceasefire on Thursday to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha but said it reserved the right to respond to any rebel attack or moves to reinforce President Bashar al-Assad's armed foes.

  • *UK economy posts GDP rise in third quarter. *Coming up: CFTC positions data 3:30 p.m. EDT Friday. NEW YORK, Oct 25- Brent crude futures edged higher in choppy trading on Thursday, lifted by economic data, but gains were limited by rising oil inventories and tepid demand figures.

  • Could events beyond campaign control jolt race? Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 1:53 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.-- An election-eve terrorist strike. Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are on guard for anything that could push the presidential race from its taut course. They've got a plan and they are now going to execute it, "said Carter Eskew, a top strategist for Democrat Al Gore during a 2000 campaign that came up just short."