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  • ISTANBUL, Aug 10- Turks began voting on Sunday with Tayyip Erdogan poised to become the country's first elected president, fulfilling his dream of what he calls a "new Turkey" and his opponents say will be an increasingly authoritarian nation.

  • ISTANBUL, Aug 10- Tayyip Erdogan was poised to become his country's first elected president as Turks go to the polls on Sunday, fulfilling his dream of what he calls a "new Turkey" and what his opponents say will be an increasingly authoritarian and polarized nation.

  • Etihad, Gulf Air re-route Iraq flights Saturday, 9 Aug 2014 | 6:29 AM ET

    BAGHDAD— Two Gulf-based airlines said Saturday they have re-routed flights over Iraq because of the deteriorating security situation there, even as Turkish Airlines said it has resumed flights to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil.

  • ROME, Aug 8- Middle Eastern airline Etihad will buy almost half of Alitalia and pour 560 million euros into the lossmaking Italian flag carrier in a turnaround effort that will involve heavy job losses, under a long-delayed deal signed on Friday.

  • Attorney Melinda Haag announced that Alfred J. Villalobos, a former member of the board of the California Public Employee Retirement System who later worked as a placement agent, engaged in a conspiracy to commit corruption, defraud the United States, conceal materials, and conspire to commit mail and wire fraud.

  • LONDON, Aug 6- Well before settling a long-running oil price manipulation case this week, global oil trader Arcadia had shrunk itself to a leaner operation with an almost singular focus: trading the very contracts U.S. regulators accused them of rigging.

  • *Dinar drops vs euro and dollar, ending period of stability. TUNIS/ DUBAI, Aug 4- Weakness of Tunisia's dinar is undermining the purchasing power of its citizens and evoking memories of the country's economic crisis after its 2011 revolution.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Aug 4- China is poised to allow more private companies to directly import oil, a move that will have only a marginal impact on crude markets but may have a disproportionate impact on fuel oil prices.

  • Panasonic wants Singaporeans to eat its vegetables Sunday, 3 Aug 2014 | 8:03 PM ET

    Japan's Panasonic, best known for its television sets and home theater systems, wants to feed Singaporeans its radishes and lettuce.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 4- Japan's Panasonic Corp, best known for its television sets and home theater systems, wants to feed Singaporeans its radishes and lettuce.

  • *Food and medicine exempt from U.S., EU sanctions on Iran. LONDON/ ANKARA, Aug 1- It should have been a routine delivery of vegetable oil to Iran for making margarine; instead the tanker spent months in the Gulf as banks held up payment for the cargo, fearing they would run foul of international sanctions.

  • SAO PAULO, Aug 1- Brazilian food processor BRF SA does not expect to make large acquisitions in the near term, executives said on Friday, although the company may look at small regional partnerships to boost profits.

  • RIYADH, Aug 1- Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah criticised on Friday international inaction over Israel's offensive in Gaza, which he described as involving mass slaughter and "war crimes against humanity", in a speech read out on his behalf on state television.

  • *Dubai World proposes to make 1st big repayment early, delay 2nd. DUBAI, Aug 1- Economic recovery in Dubai is pushing both creditors and debtors to weigh new strategies in the $25 billion restructuring of state-owned Dubai World, one of the Middle East's largest ever debt deals.

  • *Says impact of Russia sanctions on Yamal LNG uncertain. PARIS, July 30- French oil major Total stopped buying shares in Russia's Novatek when a Malaysian airliner was shot down over Ukraine, but it is still too early to gauge the impact of western sanctions against Russia, Total said.

  • *Says impact on Yamal LNG of sanctions on Russia still uncertain. PARIS, July 30- Total has stopped buying shares in Russia's Novatek the day of the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine, but that it is still too early to gauge the impact of new sanctions against Russia, the French oil major's top revealed with its second quarter results on Wednesday.

  • SINGAPORE, July 30- Boeing has this year raised by 7 percent its forecast for global demand for commercial airline pilots to 533,000 over the next 20 years, citing rising deliveries of aircraft and buoyant demand from the Asia Pacific. In June, Boeing said that airlines are projected to order 36,800 new planes worth $5.2 trillion over the next 20 years.

  • BERLIN, July 29- Major airlines are taking differing stances to flying over Iraq, reflecting the piecemeal approach airlines currently take to flying over conflict zones and ahead of an international meeting of industry representatives to discuss the issue.

  • July 29- JPMorgan Chase& Co, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, is slashing its technology support workforce in corporate and investment banking division following a revenue dip, Bloomberg News reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Offices affected include New York, Tampa, Chicago and Dubai, according to the report.

  • -Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, July 29- China's refineries produced the most fuel on record in June and oil consumption reached the highest in 17 months, but there are still doubts as to the true strength of demand.