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  • SINGAPORE, Oct 11- U.S. crude steadied above $91 a barrel on Thursday, as traders balanced escalating geopolitical risks with signs of weakening global oil demand. nudged up six cents to $91.31 a barrel in early Asia trading, after dropping more than a dollar the previous session.

  • *Turkey warns Syria about cross-border shelling. Oil markets, which have been balancing concerns of lower global fuel demand against the risk of supply disruptions in the Middle East and loading delays of crude from the North Sea, also.

  • *Turkey warns Syria about cross-border shelling. Oil markets, which have been balancing concerns of lower global fuel demand against the risk of supply disruptions in the Middle East and loading delays in crude from the North Sea, were also closely watching forecasts from the U.S. government and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

  • Gold holds, but platinum and palladium down Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:56 PM ET

    Stocks fell sharply because of signs of concern from Alcoa and Chevron. Alcoa said it expects a slowdown in China to lower demand for the aluminum it makes. George Gero, a vice president at RBC Global Futures, said a sell-off in gold is unlikely considering low interest rates, tension between Syria and Turkey and the ongoing European debt crisis.

  • *Turkey warns Syria about cross-border shelling. NEW YORK, Oct 10- Brent crude prices edged up on Wednesday in volatile trading, as concerns about the security of Middle East supplies amid escalating tensions over Syria helped offset fears that slowing economic growth will curb demand for petroleum.

  • LBJ biography, Mideast memoir among book award finalists Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 10- Books about war-torn Iraq and post-World War II Eastern Europe, Lyndon Johnson and Mumbai were among 20 finalists announced on Wednesday for the annual National Book Awards, among the most prestigious in U.S. publishing.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 10- Russian shares fell on Wednesday, underperforming emerging market peers, while the rouble was stronger, supported by higher oil prices and an auction for rouble-denominated treasury bonds. "There are almost no new money inflows," said Vadim Feldblyum, a senior client manager at BCS.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- Brent crude oil eased towards $114 a barrel but stayed close to a three-week high on Wednesday as worries over the security of Middle East supplies outweighed increasing evidence of slowing global economic growth.

  • *Russia and Iran will not give up on Assad for now. Posted on the Facebook page of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, it shows the first lady Asma, dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, accompanying her daughter and three sons on their first day back at school. Russia and Iran continue to back Damascus.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- Brent crude oil held above $114 a barrel and close to a three-week high on Wednesday as worries over the security of Middle East supplies outweighed increasing evidence of slowing global economic growth.

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

  • *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.

  • Russian shares edge lower, rouble steady Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:53 AM ET

    *Russian stocks fall as risk appetite wanes. MOSCOW, Oct 10- Russian shares fell in early trading on Wednesday, following emerging market peers and bruised by rising risk aversion globally, while the rouble was steady, supported by higher oil prices. At 0857 GMT the rouble-denominated MICEX index.

  • *Euro STOXX 50 down 0.5 pct, FTSE, DAX, CAC down. *U.S. stocks fell 1 pct, Intel off 2.7 pct after downgrades. LONDON, Oct 10- European shares fell for the third day running on Wednesday and the euro came under fresh pressure along with Spanish and Italian bonds as economic anxiety was compounded by stuttering progress in the euro zone's battle against its debt crisis.

  • *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.

  • African Markets - Factors to watch on Oct 10 Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:44 AM ET

    NAIROBI, Oct 10- The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Wednesday. NIGERIA- President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to deliver the 2013. KENYA- Central Bank of Kenya auctions 182- day Treasury bills.

  • Oil price slips amid gloomy economic forecasts Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:36 AM ET

    By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil was down 28 cents to $92.11 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $3.06 on Tuesday to finish at $92.39 per barrel on concerns about supplies from the Middle East and the North Sea.