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LONDON, May 15- Oil slipped towards $102 a barrel on Wednesday after data showed the euro zone's recession extended to the longest on record, with a rising supply outlook also weighing on prices. Brent crude slipped 16 cents to $102.44 a barrel by 1005 GMT. Germany, the region's largest economy, narrowly dodged falling into recession thanks to a rise in consumption.
*Tokyo sarin attack provides hints for Syria investigation. *Western powers say evidence of use by Syria in mounting. In Syria, about two months have passed since the first allegations of sarin use arose on March 19, when rebels and government forces blamed each other for an attack in Aleppo province in which dozens are said to have been killed.
PARIS, May 15- A growing divide between rich and poor risks will yawn still wider if cash-strapped governments keep cutting back the welfare state, an industrialised nations' think-tank warned on Wednesday.
Attorney General Eric Holder was likely to face a storm of questions on Tuesday over the Justice Department's controversial decision to seize telephone records of the Associated Press, a move denounced by critics as a gross intrusion into freedom of the press.
ANKARA, May 14- A Turkish firm is partnering with the Kurdistan Regional Government and Exxon Mobil to carry out oil exploration in northern Iraq, Turkey's prime minister said on Tuesday, taking Turkey's cooperation with Iraqi Kurds on energy one step further.
ISTANBUL, May 14- Turkish Airlines staff are highly likely to go on strike from Wednesday, a union official said, raising the prospect of flight delays and cancellations in a dispute over pay and the reinstatement of sacked workers.
Poland is forecast to grow in line with crisis-mired Ireland this year, as euro zone woes hit Eastern Europe.
*Many Turks turn against government's Syria policy. REYHANLI, Turkey, May 13- Syrian refugees in Turkey say they fear a backlash after car bombings that killed 50 people and wounded many others over the weekend in a border town.
*China oil demand falls in April to eight-month low. LONDON, May 13- Crude prices fell to $103 a barrel on Monday weighed by a stronger dollar and a drop to an eight-month low in oil demand in the world's second-largest consumer China. "The economic data in China is not yet providing upward support.
*Centre-right GERB wins preliminary 30.7 percent of vote. *Others reluctant to work with GERB after protests. SOFIA, May 13- Bulgarian parties tried to cobble together a government on Monday after an election delivered a split parliament and left the European Union's poorest country in political stalemate.
SINGAPORE, May 13- U.S. crude futures slipped in early Asian trade on Monday on worries of a slowdown in demand growth as a slew of data from the world's top consumer the United States may point to slower growth early in the second quarter.
ISTANBUL, May 11- The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is considering ways to help small businesses in emerging Europe, including through direct lending, as the region suffers lacklustre growth, its president said on Saturday.
*Large economies of Russia, Poland, Turkey lead slowdown. ISTANBUL, May 10- Europe's development bank slashed its 2013 growth forecasts for emerging Europe and North Africa on Friday by almost a full percentage point, saying a sharp slowdown in Russia would drag down the regional economy. "It's really a story of three big countries- Russia, Poland and Turkey.
*Raises demand for OPEC crude forecast by 90,000 bpd. *OPEC sees downside risk to 2013 oil demand growth. LONDON, May 10- OPEC will need to pump slightly more oil than it thought in 2013 and expects global consumption to be much higher in the rest of the year, signs of a stronger market that argue against any calls for supply restraint when the group meets on May 31.
LONDON, May 9- Europe's development bank slashed its 2013 growth forecasts for emerging Europe and North Africa on Friday by almost a full percentage point, saying a sharp slowdown in Russia would drag down the regional economy.
*Nusra Front only competitor to tribes. BEIRUT, May 10- In Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zor, a network of tribes and smugglers has exploited the chaos of war to create an illicit oil trade that makes European hopes of buying crude from President Bashar al-Assad's opponents a distant prospect.
LONDON, May 9- In a neighbourhood mired in recession or political turmoil, Turkey is hosting the region's development bank as a dynamic economic leader rather than a needy recipient.
NEW YORK-- NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel is back quickly and safely from his first trip to Syria since he and his team were kidnapped and held captive there last December. His reports were airing Wednesday on the "Today" show and " NBC Nightly News."
*Batam Island route follows use of Labuan, Malaysia. LONDON, May 9- Iran is using an Indonesian port in a strategy to keep up sales to buyers in Asia in the teeth of Western sanctions, according to shipping data and industry sources.
LONDON, May 9- Brent crude fell below $104 a barrel on Thursday as rising fuel supplies and faltering demand pointed to a growing surplus of oil worldwide. U.S. crude oil inventories jumped to a fresh record last week as domestic production continued to climb, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.