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  • NEW YORK, Oct 8- At 68, Barbara Miller Elegbede is living proof that flower children need not grow up. A self-described hippie, she attended a San Francisco college at psychedelia's height and remembers friends constantly crashing on the couch of her apartment, just a block away from Janis Joplin's pad in the hip Castro neighborhood.

  • *World Bank says China economic slowdown could get worse. The World Bank on Monday cut its economic growth forecasts for East Asia and the Pacific region, home to two of the world's largest oil consumers, and said there was a risk the slowdown in China could be deeper and more prolonged than expected.

  • Iran, the world's No. 5 oil exporter, has tightened cyber security since its uranium enrichment centrifuges were hit in 2010 by the Stuxnet computer worm, which Tehran believes was planted by Israel or the United States.

  • Oct 08- In its published report titled "Banking Industry Country Risk Assessment: Czech Republic," Standard& Poor's Ratings Services said that the Czech banking sector's main strengths are its solid core customer deposit base, industry stability and strong risk-adjusted profitability, and the country's prudent macroeconomic policies and sound government finances.

  • It intercepted more than 80 percent of the targets it engaged in March when nearly 300 rockets and mortars were fired at southern Israel, the Pentagon said at the time. The drone was first spotted above the Mediterranean near the Hamas- ruled Gaza Strip to the west of Israel, said military spokeswoman Avital Leibovich.

  • *World Bank says China economic slowdown could get worse. LONDON, Oct 8- Brent crude oil fell below $111 per barrel on Monday on concerns slower economic growth would curb oil demand, but supply worries stemming from tension in the Middle East helped check losses.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 8- EU regulators will decide next year whether to fine Danish drugmaker Lundbeck and French peer Servier for blocking the entry of cheaper generic medicines into the market, the EU's antitrust chief said on Monday.

  • CAIRO, Oct 6- Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi said on Saturday he had fallen short of goals he promised to fulfill in his first 100 days in office, but aimed to assuage critics by highlighting his most prominent achievements.

  • Iran denies offering new plan on nuclear impasse Saturday, 6 Oct 2012 | 9:49 AM ET

    The New York Times reported on Thursday that Iran had proposed a plan to European officials that required the West to lift harsh oil and economic sanctions in return for the eventual suspension of uranium enrichment by Tehran.

  • *Sanctions mulled for more Iran central bank transactions. *Aimed at pressuring Iran to abandon nuclear program. WASHINGTON, Oct 5- U.S. lawmakers are considering expanding American economic sanctions on Iran- measures that already have helped push that country's currency into free fall but have not yet convinced Tehran to abandon its nuclear program.

  • Judge: DC Metro must allow anti-jihad ads Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:51 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- A federal judge says the D.C. transit system must allow a pro- Israel ad that equates Muslim radicals with savages. District Judge Rosemary Collyer said in a one-page opinion Friday that the advertisement must be displayed no later than 5 p.m. on Monday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- At 68, Barbara Miller Elegbede is living proof that flower children need not grow up. A self-described hippie, she attended a San Francisco college at psychedelia's height and remembers friends constantly crashing on the couch of her apartment, just a block away from Janis Joplin's pad in the hip Castro neighborhood.

  • *May apply sanctions on Iran central bank transactions. *Aimed at pressuring Iran to rein in nuclear program. WASHINGTON, Oct 5- Lawmakers in the U.S. Congress are looking at ways to expand economic sanctions on Iran, measures that have helped push the country's currency into free fall but have not yet pressured Tehran to abandon its nuclear program.

  • *More sanctions on Iran being prepared in Europe. BRUSSELS, Oct 5- The European Union has begun discussing the possibility of a broad trade embargo against Iran, moving beyond the web of energy, business and financial restrictions imposed so far, in an effort to pressure Tehran not to build nuclear weapons.

  • *Turkey- Syria conflict stokes supply fears. SINGAPORE, Oct 5- Brent futures slipped towards $112 per barrel on Friday, but were on course to end a choppy week nearly flat as rising tensions in the Middle East battle with perennial worries about the global economy and oil demand.

  • *Turkey- Syria conflict stokes supply fears. SINGAPORE, Oct 5- Brent futures slipped below $112 per barrel on Friday, but they are on course to end a choppy week nearly flat as rising tensions in the Middle East battle with perennial worries about the global economy and oil demand.

  • UN chief says sanctions on Iran affecting its people Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:42 AM ET

    *Iran currency plummets, sanctions seen as partial cause. *Western envoys: Iran not serious about negotiations.

  • JERUSALEM, Oct 5- An American man opened fire in an Israeli seaside hotel packed with tourists on Friday after losing his job there, killing one person before being shot dead in a stand-off with security forces.

  • *May expand sanctions on Iran central bank transactions. *Aimed at pressuring Iran to rein in nuclear program. WASHINGTON, Oct 5- Key lawmakers in the U.S. Congress are looking at ways to expand economic sanctions on Iran, measures that have helped pushed the country's currency into free fall but have not yet pressured Tehran to abandon its nuclear program.

  • Brent slips towards $112 ahead of U.S. jobs data Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 10:37 PM ET

    *Turkey- Syria conflict stokes supply fears. SINGAPORE, Oct 5- Brent futures slipped towards $112 per barrel on Friday, but is on course to end a choppy week nearly flat as rising tensions in the Middle East battled with perennial worries about the global economy and oil demand.