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  • SYDNEY, Oct 2- Australian shares are set to open higher on Tuesday, with resources stocks likely to underpin gains after data showed a surprising expansion in U.S. manufacturing in September.

  • *China's factory activity shrinks for 2nd month in Sept. NEW YORK, Oct 1- Brent crude slipped on Monday as signs of economic weakness in Asia and a looming recession in the debt-saddled euro zone tempered more optimistic U.S. manufacturing data. Federal Reserve's latest quantitative easing and geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.

  • LAHORE, Pakistan, Oct 2- Twenty-three years of military service come in handy when Masood Haider gets a call from a suspicious spouse. "What was taken as taboo 20 to 25 years ago is no more taken that way," said Haider, 53, a former army pilot who founded FactFinders, Pakistan's first licensed private detective agency.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Banks must undergo a wholesale change in their culture and refocus their behavior on meeting 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.

  • *U.S. manufacturing sector expands in September* China's factory activity shrinks for 2nd month in Sept* Euro zone manufacturing points to new recession By Adam Kerlin. NEW YORK, Oct 1- Brent crude slipped Monday as signs of economic weakness in Asia and a looming recession in the debt-saddled euro zone tempered more optimistic U.S. manufacturing data.

  • *China's factory activity shrinks for 2nd month in Sept. NEW YORK, Oct 1- Brent crude slipped Monday as signs of economic weakness in Asia and a looming recession in the debt-saddled euro zone tempered more optimistic U.S. manufacturing data. Federal Reserve's latest quantitative easing and geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.

  • CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

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

  • DUBAI, Oct 1- Iran's rial plunged against the U.S. dollar in open-market trade on Monday, taking its loss in value over the past week to more than a quarter in further evidence that Western sanctions are shattering the economy.

  • Iran's currency falls 16 percent in single day Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 3:39 PM ET

    TEHRAN, Iran-- Iran's currency has fallen 16 percent in a single day to hit a record low against the U.S. dollar and other foreign currencies in street trading. The collapse of the currency is a sign of the impact of Western sanctions imposed over Iran's nuclear program. The West suspects Iran is aiming to build nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.

  • Irene Tse, who headed the North America operations of the Chief Investment Office, told the firm she is resigning to focus on "entrepreneurial ventures," according to a memo on Monday from Chief Operating Officer Matt Zames, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- A precipitous drop in Iran's currency, the rial, shows that sanctions are cutting "deeper and deeper" into its economy, the United States said on Monday, reiterating Iran must rein in its nuclear program.

  • CAIRO, Oct 1- A $1 billion loan that Turkey has agreed to extend to Egypt will carry an interest rate of less than 0.6 percent and be repaid in five years with a three-year grace period, the Egyptian state news agency MENA said on Monday.

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

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- A precipitous drop in Iran's currency, the rial, shows that sanctions are cutting "deeper and deeper" into its economy, the United States said on Monday, reiterating Iran must rein in its nuclear program.

  • *China's factory activity shrinks for 2nd month in Sept. NEW YORK, Oct 1- Brent crude slipped on Monday in light, choppy trading as oil markets balanced better-than-expected U.S. manufacturing data against signs of economic weakness in Asia and evidence of a new recession in the debt-saddled euro zone.

  • Rare labor petition in Iran shows economic alarm Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 2:16 PM ET

    TEHRAN, Iran-- For weeks, a manifesto complaining about Iran's stumbling economy circulated in secret among factories and workshops.

  • Earnings Preview: Marriott International Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 2:15 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Marriott International Inc. should shed some light on the health of the hotel sector when it reports earnings for the third quarter after the market closes on Wednesday. Three months ago, Marriott said it could boost earnings this year through higher bookings and rates despite slowing growth overseas.

  • 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.