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  • UK shares turn lower on Greece, Mideast concerns Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 5:09 AM ET

    *FTSE 100 falls 0.2 pct, sheds early gains. LONDON, Oct 4- UK shares turned lower on Thursday, hit by concerns over bailout talks in Greece and tensions in the Middle East, ahead of central bank meetings in Britain and Europe that are unlikely to generate new stimulus moves. By 0836 GMT, the UK's FTSE 100.

  • UPDATE 3-Oil rallies to $109 as risk appetite returns Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:58 AM ET

    *Spain expected to ask for euro zone financial bailout. *Unrest in Iran, Turkey- Syria raise geopolitical worries. LONDON, Oct 4- Brent crude oil rose towards $109 per barrel on Thursday as expectations Spain would seek a bailout and better U.S. data encouraged investors back into riskier assets such as oil and commodities.

  • ISTANBUL, Oct 4- The Turkish lira partially pared its losses on Thursday after an advisor to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had no interest in a war in Syria, easing investors' anxiety over increasing tension between two countries.

  • *Jittery investors await U.S. job data, watch Europe. *Social unrest in Iran, Turkey- Syria clashes in focus. SINGAPORE, Oct 4- Brent futures edged up towards $109 per barrel on Thursday as a steep drop in the previous session brought in bargain hunters, while investors awaited further cues from a European Central Bank policy meeting and critical U.S. jobs data.

  • Turkey - Factors to Watch on Oct 4 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:47 AM ET

    The lira was at 1.8035 against the dollar at 0544 GMT, weakening from 1.7966 late on Wednesday after Turkish artillery hit targets inside Syria in response to a mortar bomb fired from Syria which killed five Turkish civilians.

  • Oil up slightly after positive US economic reports Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:34 AM ET

    Rising tensions between Syria and Turkey also contributed to higher prices, the geopolitical risk highlighting concerns about Middle East oil supplies. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for November delivery was up 62 cents to $88.76 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • Brent, U.S. crude extend gains, up more than $2 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:18 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 4- Brent and U.S. crude futures rose more than $2 on Thursday as the turmoil in Syria reinforced fears about supply disruptions, and with the dollar weakening and Wall Street higher after European Central Bank's chief remarks encouraged hopes the euro zone debt crisis is being addressed.

  • *Jittery investors await U.S. job data, watch Europe. *Social unrest in Iran, Turkey- Syria clashes in focus. SINGAPORE, Oct 4- Brent futures steadied above $108 a barrel on Thursday after a sharp drop in the previous session, with investors waiting for a European Central Bank policy meeting and critical jobs data out of the United States this week for more trading cues.

  • Russia's Lavrov skipped big powers' Iran meeting at UN Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:17 PM ET

    *Russia may be irritated with calls for new sanctions-envoys* Israel has threatened military action against Iran By Louis Charbonneau.

  • The explosion area is pictured after several Syrian shells crashed inside Akcakale town in Turkey, killing at least five people on October 3, 2012.

    The Turkish prime minister announced on Wednesday night that Turkey had fired artillery at targets in Syria, in retaliation for Syrian mortar fire that fell in a Turkish border town and killed five Turkish civilians, the New York Times reports.

  • *China, Europe services PMI disappoint. NEW YORK, Oct 3- Oil prices fell sharply on Wednesday as disappointing economic data from China and Europe reinforced concerns about slowing growth and a weakening demand for petroleum, even as supportive U.S. data strengthened the dollar.

  • France's Sarkozy mulling 2017 re-election bid - paper Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:49 PM ET

    PARIS, Oct 3- Nicolas Sarkozy has told a friend he has "no choice" but to seek re-election to the French presidency in 2017, weekly paper Le Canard Enchaine reported on Wednesday, after saying he would quit politics following his election defeat in May.

  • Russian markets - Factors to Watch on Oct 3 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:51 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 3- Here are events and news stories that could move Russian markets on Wednesday. EVENTS: MOSCOW- Russia Calling VTB Capital investment conference. MOSCOW- Press conference by Aeroflot Chief Executive Vitaly Savelyev and SAP executives.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- The U.S. State Department has said it believes American journalist Austin Tice, who disappeared in Syria in August, is alive and being held by the Syrian government.

  • Video shows US journalist held in Syria Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:11 AM ET

    BEIRUT-- An American freelance journalist who has been missing in Syria since mid-August has been shown in a video clip posted online, blindfolded and saying "Oh, Jesus" in a frightened voice in the custody of armed men. Tice, a 31- year-old former Marine, had been reporting on Syria's civil war for The Washington Post, McClatchy Newspapers and others.

  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 2- Syria's civil war has made Friday afternoons a busy time at Bambuser, a tiny Swedish IT startup in an old bicycle factory which streams live video from the latest uprisings.

  • PRESS DIGEST - Bulgaria - Oct 2 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:42 AM ET

    -Bulgaria will not hold talks with U.S.-registered Global Power Consortium for the possible sale of its abandoned Belene nuclear project until a referendum on the fate of the plant is carried out, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said.

  • *He mentions Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, US, France, Libya.

  • *He mentions Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, US, France, Libya.

  • UPDATE 3-Oil slips on weak global economies Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 6:45 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 1- Brent crude fell below $112 per barrel on Monday, reflecting investor concerns that a shaky global economy may hurt oil demand following fresh signs of weakness in China and Japan and evidence of a new recession in the debt-saddled euro zone.