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  • *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.

  • *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.

  • Indian FX/debt factors to watch - Oct 10 Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:13 PM ET

    *Asian shares fell on Wednesday, led by losses in technology and materials stocks after brokerage downgrades for top chip maker Intel Corp. *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.

  • S.Korea-Market Factors to watch on Oct 10 Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:04 PM ET

    SEOUL, Oct 10- Following is a list of events in South Korea as well as news stories and press reports that may influence financial markets. *Global equities and the euro fell on Tuesday on concerns over the U.S. earnings outlook and a stark warning from the IMF about global growth, while oil jumped on escalating tensions in the Middle East.

  • 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.

  • Gold down after another report shows weaker growth Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 3:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- The price of gold fell more than $10 an ounce Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for world economic growth. Gold for December delivery fell $10.70 an ounce to close at $1,765. December silver fell 3.2 cents per ounce to $33.985, and January platinum lost $3.50 to close at $1,695.30 per ounce.

  • 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.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 9- NATO has plans in place to defend Turkey against attack from Syria, and will aim to provide assistance if Ankara asks for it, senior officials said on Tuesday. NATO ambassadors threw their support behind Turkey in an emergency meeting last week after Syrian shells struck a border town in Turkey killing five civilians.

  • 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.

  • Exiled Syrian author wins literary courage award Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:59 AM ET

    Oct 9- Syrian journalist and writer Samar Yazbek, who was forced into exile after criticising President Bashar al-Assad, has won PEN's Pinter International Writer of Courage Award.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- Oil prices rose more than 1 percent on Tuesday, after two sessions with lower settlements, as the threat of supply disruption in a tense Middle East countered concerns about slower growth and resulting sluggish demand for oil.

  • UPDATE 1-Akfen may bid for Istanbul gas grid-CEO Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:52 AM ET

    By Ayla Jean Yackley and Evrim Ergin ISTANBUL, Oct 9- Turkish group Akfen Holding. may bid for Istanbul's natural gas distribution network Igdas, which is slated for privatisation this year, along with a raft of other energy and transportation businesses that could go up for sale, Chief Executive Suha Gucsav said on Tuesday.

  • Oil prices rise on jitters about supplies Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:37 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The price of oil is rising on concerns about supplies from the Middle East and the North Sea. Benchmark crude is up $1.46 to $90.79 a barrel in New York Tuesday. There is also concern that an escalation of the situation in Syria could disrupt supplies from the Middle East.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- Oil rose over $113 a barrel on Tuesday after two days of losses, with tensions in the Middle East and the risk of supply disruptions outweighing concerns about sluggish global demand.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- Oil rose to around $113 a barrel on Tuesday after two days of losses, with tensions in the Middle East and the risk of supply disruptions outweighing concerns about sluggish global demand.

  • Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Monday the "worst-case scenarios" between his country and Syria were now playing out, fuelling concerns that the 18- month-old conflict in Syria may spread to other countries in the region.

  • *Uncertainty over Spain and Greece pressures euro. LONDON, Oct 9- A stark warning from the IMF about the global growth outlook and the prospects for Spain and Greece sent European stocks and the single currency lower on Tuesday, while oil rose on escalating tensions in the Middle East.

  • Brent crude rises over $1/bbl Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:43 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 9- Brent crude rose by more than $1 on Tuesday as rising tension between Turkey and Syria stoked oil supply concerns.

  • *United Spirits surges on hopes for Diageo deal. MUMBAI, Oct 9- Indian shares recovered on Tuesday from two previous sessions of losses as dented stocks such as Infosys rose, while private banks such as ICICI Bank gained on hopes their quarterly earnings would prove resilient.

  • UPDATE 4-Oil rises on Syria-Turkey tensions Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:07 AM ET

    Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Monday the "worst-case scenarios" between his country and Syria were now playing out, fuelling concerns that the 18- month-old conflict in Syria may spread to other countries in the region.