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  • NEW YORK, Sept 18 (Reuters)- Arab Bank Plc never provided material support for the Palestinian group Hamas, a lawyer told jurors on Thursday during closing arguments at the bank's trial on civil charges under the U.S. anti-terrorism law.

  • The drug, developed by Vivus Inc, is marketed in the United States and Canada by Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc. Vivus' stock was up about 13 percent at $4.40 in afternoon trading.

  • DETROIT, Sept 18- Toyota Motor Corp said on Thursday it will recall about 20,000 vehicles worldwide for possible fuel leaks. All of the affected Toyota models were produced in the United States, with the Lexus model made in Canada.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- A lawyer for Arab Bank Plc urged U.S. jurors to find that it never provided material support for the Palestinian group Hamas, as closing arguments began on Thursday in a closely-watched terrorism financing trial.

  • How Islamic State uses Syria's oil to fuel its advances Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:09 PM ET

    AMMAN, Sept 18- In an oil field in northeastern Syria, a queue of trucks lines up daily to load crude sold cheaply by Islamic State militants who have hijacked parts of the country's energy industry in their bid to build a caliphate.

  • US: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    PARIS— Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday.

  • GRAPHIC-Investors pricing Russia credit ratings downgrade Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 18- Investors are starting to price the risk of Russia's credit rating falling to junk if Western sanctions and Moscow's response plunge the economy into recession and deplete its $450 billion reserves. Moody's, which rates Russia Baa1 or three notches above junk, said this week that the latest sanctions were credit negative.

  • Jury hears arguments in terror finance trial Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Executives at Jordan- based Arab Bank should not be held responsible for a wave of suicide bombings in Israel in the early 2000 s that left several Americans dead, a lawyer said Thursday in closing arguments at a U.S. civil trial.

  • NEW DELHI, Sept 18- A standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers overshadowed a visit to New Delhi by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, with a $20 billion investment pledge eclipsed by robust comments from India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the dispute.

  • *West says Iran cooperation with IAEA needed for nuclear deal. The United States and the European Union said they were concerned about the slow headway so far in the U.N. atomic agency's long-running inquiry into allegations that Iran has worked on designing a nuclear weapon.

  • NEW DELHI, Sept 18- China became the latest nation to line up for a stake in India's civil nuclear energy drive on Thursday, agreeing to open talks on cooperation in a sector that New Delhi sees as the solution to its chronic power problems.

  • *Riyadh trains Syrian rebels, praised new Iraq govt. RIYADH, Sept 17- In its war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria the United States wants strong public support from Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and champion of Arab Sunni Muslims.

  • Sept 18- An erectile dysfunction drug that reduces by half the time patients need to take the pill before sexual activity has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • DUBAI, Sept 18- Falling oil prices may prove the best medicine for economies in the Arab world, rebalancing growth towards countries struggling to recover from the Arab Spring uprisings without doing major damage to the oil exporters of the Gulf.

  • *Views sharply differ from president and Fatah chief Abbas. RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept 18- The Gaza war was a victory for Palestinians, and the focus must now shift to a boycott that makes Israel's occupation of the West Bank too costly to bear, says Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader serving life in prison for multiple deadly attacks.

  • JERUSALEM/ RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept 18- Most Palestinians have known only two leaders: Yasser Arafat, the stubble-chinned firebrand fond of chequered scarves and olive fatigues, and Mahmoud Abbas, a smooth-shaven father figure who favours Western suits and ties.

  • VIENNA, Sept 18- The European Union said on Thursday it was disappointed with a lack of progress by Iran in addressing concerns about its suspected atomic bomb research, pressuring Tehran to cooperate with a long-stalled U.N. watchdog inquiry.

  • ABU DHABI/ DUBAI, Sept 18- Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi state-owned investment fund with a mandate to develop the emirate's economy, posted a 23 percent increase in first-half profit, aided by higher income from joint ventures and one-off gains.

  • ABU DHABI/ DUBAI, Sept 18- Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi state-owned investment fund with a mandate to develop the emirate's economy, posted a 23 percent increase in profit for the first half of 2014, aided by higher income from its joint ventures.

  • *Army has shrunk by 30-50 percent. *Army faced setbacks since June. Western officials believe the Syrian army, already stretched, has been under growing strain since Islamic State staged lightening advances in Syria and Iraq in June: insurgents this week briefly pushed into an area of Damascus that had not seen fighting for 18 months, the Observatory reported.