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  • BRUSSELS, Oct 9- The head of NATO said on Tuesday the military alliance had plans in place to defend Turkey against attack if needed. "We have all necessary plans in place to protect and defend Turkey if necessary," Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters before a meeting of the alliance's defence ministers in Brussels.

  • *Oil jumps on supply concerns as Middle East tension mounts* Uncertainty over Spain and Greece pressures euro By Richard Hubbard. 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.

  • U.S. stock index futures dip; eyes on Alcoa Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:46 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 9-* U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wall Street on Tuesday, with futures for the S&P 500 down 0.21 percent, Dow Jones futures 0.13 percent lower and Nasdaq 100 futures down 0.36 percent at 0922 GMT.

  • 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.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- A warning about the global growth from the IMF sent European shares lower for a second day on Tuesday despite a move by China to support its flagging economy, while escalating tensions between Turkey and Syria in the Middle East sent oil higher.

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

  • Oil prices rebound on jitters about supplies Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 1:49 AM ET

    Oil prices appeared set for a modest rebound Tuesday after three days of losses, rising nearer to $90 a barrel on supply concerns due to the Syrian conflict and delays in shipments of North Sea oil. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for November delivery was up 50 cents to $89.83 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • PARIS, Oct 9- European stocks are set to inch higher on Tuesday, halting the previous session's sell-off as expectations mount of further stimulus measures from China, although gains could be limited by broad worries over global growth and on whether or not Spain will request a bailout. ,for Germany's DAX and for France's CAC were up 0.2-0.5 percent.

  • TOKYO, Oct 9- Asian shares rose on Tuesday but gains were moderated by concerns over global growth prospects, especially in the world's second-biggest economy China, and expected weak U.S. corporate earnings. The MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan. added 0.5 percent, pulled higher by Hong Kong and China shares which rose 1.1 percent.

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

  • Oil price soars on supply jitters Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 12:48 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The price of oil rose more than 3 percent Tuesday on concerns about supplies from the Middle East and the North Sea. Benchmark crude gained $3.06, or 3.4 percent, to finish at $92.39 a barrel in New York. There is also concern that tensions between Turkey and Syria could escalate and disrupt supplies from the Middle East.

  • Brent rises towards $113 on Syria-Turkey tensions Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 11:40 PM ET

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

  • PRESS DIGEST - Financial Times - Oct 9 Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:33 PM ET

    Financial Times Headlines INVESTOR OPPOSITION TO BAE DEAL MOUNTS- OSBORNE DELIGHTS TORY RIGHT WITH SPEECH- IRAQ SEND CRUDE OIL TO SYRIA- RECKITT ADMITS CHIEF SHARE PLEDGE BREACH- BP'S PARTNER IN TNK-BP LOOKS TO SELL STAKE- TOTAL WARNS OVER' INACCURATE' BENCHMARKS- FINANCIAL STALWARTS LINE UP TO LEAD BOE- EURO ZONE LAUNCHES 500 BLN EURO RESCUE FUND- STANCHART TARGETS SUB-SAHARAN PUSH- Overview INVESTOR OPPOSITION TO BAE DEAL MOUNTS.

  • rose 38 cents to $89.71 a barrel in early Asia trading, after dropping 55 cents the previous session. *Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Monday the "worst-case scenarios" were now playing out in Syria and Turkey would do everything necessary to protect itself, as its army fired back for a sixth day after a shell from Syria flew over the border.

  • Oct 9- The Middle East and North Africa's oil exporting countries will see economic growth accelerate in 2012 to 6.6 percent, mainly due to a strong rebound of activity in Libya, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.

  • *World Bank says China economic slowdown may worsen. *Turkey retaliates again after mortar fire from Syria. NEW YORK, Oct 8- Oil prices eased on Monday in choppy trading on concerns that slower economic growth in China and the debt crisis in Europe will curb demand for petroleum, while the potential for Middle East turmoil to disrupt supplies limited losses.

  • FACT CHECK: A one-sided story on trade, defense Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:35 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Mitt Romney solely blamed President Barack Obama on Monday for potential defense cuts that Republicans in Congress worked out with the White House and Democrats and left the misimpression that Obama has ignored free trade initiatives.

  • *World Bank says China economic slowdown may worsen. *Turkey retaliates again after mortar fire from Syria.

  • *World Bank says China economic slowdown may worsen. NEW YORK, Oct 8- Oil prices eased on Monday on concerns that slower economic growth in China and the debt crisis in Europe will curb demand for petroleum, while the potential for Middle East turmoil to disrupt supplies limited losses.

  • ISTANBUL, Oct 8- Turkish lira and bonds eased in thin trade on Monday, with geopolitical risks weighing after bombardments between Syria and Turkish forces in the southeast of the country over the weekend.