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  • CAIRO, Oct 1- A $1 billion loan that Turkey has agreed to extend to Egypt will carry an interest rate of less than 6 percent and be repaid in five years with a three-year grace period, the Egyptian state news agency MENA said on Monday.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- A precipitous drop in Iran's currency, the rial, reflects relentless international pressure on the country over its suspected nuclear weapons program, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

  • Ikea deleted women from Saudi version of catalog Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 1:35 PM ET

    The report raised questions in Sweden about Ikea's commitment to gender equality, and the company released a statement expressing "regret" over the issue. "We should have reacted and realized that excluding women from the Saudi Arabian version of the catalog is in conflict with the IKEA Group values," the company said.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Banks must change their culture to focus on the needs of customers to restore trust in the industry, Stephen Hester, chief executive of part-nationalised Royal Bank of Scotland, said on Monday.

  • *Alberta premier sees "a lot of benefit" for province. OTTAWA, Oct 1- The premier of the oil-rich province of Alberta said she sees benefits from the proposed $15.1 billion sale of Canadian oil producer Nexen Inc to a Chinese state-owned company, but a survey published on Monday showed half the country's executives would oppose a no-strings deal.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. manufacturing unexpectedly expanded in September for the first time since May as new orders and employment picked up, but the pace of growth showed the economy was still stuck in a slow recovery. The Institute for Supply Management said on Monday its index of national factory activity rose to 51.5 from 49.6 in August.

  • Russia bans controversial anti-Islam video Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 11:33 AM ET

    Under legislation that goes into effect on Nov. 1, Internet sites carrying content banned in Russia will be placed on a register, after which Internet providers will have one day to block access. Google Inc, the owner of YouTube, said it was ready to block access of the film to users in Russia once it received the court's decision, the RIA agency reported.

  • Rooftop pool, wine bar: Hotels building in Africa Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 11:25 AM ET

    This is the face of new, high-end hotels in Africa. International hotel developers are planning nearly 40,000 new rooms across Africa in the coming years. Travel and tourism in Africa generates about $164 billion a year, 9 percent of the continent's total GDP, said David Scowsill, president and chief executive of World Travel& Tourism Council.

  • UPDATE 1-Edison wins Libya gas arbitration with Eni Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 11:23 AM ET

    MILAN, Oct 1- Italian energy group Edison said on Monday it had won a dispute with Eni to review the price of its long-term gas contract from Libya, its second gas arbitration victory in less than a month. In September Edison, which is owned by France's EDF, won in arbitration a 450 million euro discount on its liquefied natural gas supplies from Qatar's Rasgas.

  • CAIRO, Oct 1- Egypt's negotiations for a $4.8 billion loan from the IMF have been delayed to give the government more time to draw up its economic reform programme, the two sides said on Monday. Egypt was due to receive a team from the International Monetary Fund at the end of September to discuss the terms of the loan.

  • He will be based in London. Willett joins from Royal Bank of Scotland, where most recently he was chairman of corporate finance for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. A top Morgan Stanley broker, Jonathan Madrigano, who last year managed about $2 billion in client assets left the company's brokerage division on Friday to join J.P. Morgan Securities.

  • By Gernot Heller and James Regan. BERLIN/ PARIS, Oct 1- Airbus parent EADS and arms group BAE Systems must restructure a $45 billion merger, a top shareholder said, as a government source threatened that Britain would block talks to create the world's biggest defence company unless its demands were met.

  • By Dinesh Nair and Patrick Werr DUBAI/ CAIRO, Oct 1- Dubai's Emirates NBD. and Morocco's Attijariwafabank have bid for BNP Paribas' Egyptian retail arm, four banking sources said, as regional banks look to pick up assets being shed by European lenders.

  • *Xstrata splits votes to secure merger approval. *Xstrata to retain majority of board seats after Davis departure. LONDON, Oct 1- Mining group Xstrata gave its long-awaited blessing on Monday to a revised $33 billion bid from trader Glencore, bowing to investor pressure by changing the deal to ensure it isn't sunk by a payment plan to retain top managers.

  • In Nigerian mega-city, gridlock is a great unifier Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:37 AM ET

    LAGOS, Nigeria-- The traffic begins long before dawn in Nigeria's largest city. The poor crowd onto benches welded inside dented, clattering buses. In Lagos, which is predicted to overtake Cairo as Africa's most populous city in 2015, the traffic jams that Nigerians call "go-slows" can strike at any moment.

  • DUBAI, Oct 1- Abu Dhabi- listed First Gulf Bank. launched a five-year, $650 million bond at 210 basis points over midswaps, arranging banks said on Monday. Citi, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, HSBC, Standard Chartered and Deutsche Bank are arranging the deal.

  • *U.S. manufacturing sector expands in September* China's factory activity shrinks for 2nd month in Sept* Japan's business sentiment worsens* Euro zone manufacturing points to a new recession By Dmitry Zhdannikov.

  • O'Donnell: 'The lady' for CBS mornings Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    O'Donnell, who jumped to CBS last year after more than a decade at NBC News, replaced Erica Hill within the trio of "CBS This Morning" hosts that also include Charlie Rose and Gayle King.

  • TV critic of Egypt's Islamist president freed Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:15 AM ET

    CAIRO-- The owner of a TV station on trial for incitement following his call for the killing of Egypt's Islamist president has been released after being briefly detained over allegations of theft of electrical power and bounced checks, security officials said on Monday.

  • UPDATE 1-Kuwait should cut spending- c.bank governor Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:15 AM ET

    *Kuwait needs to focus on investment. KUWAIT, Oct 1- Kuwait's government should take all necessary measures to cut spending and focus on investing in projects that will benefit the major oil producer's economy in the long-term, Central Bank Governor Mohammad al-Hashel said on Monday.