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  • DUBAI, Oct 6- Iran's government was locked in a test of wills with currency dealers on Saturday as it tried unsuccessfully to impose a stronger rial exchange rate, after a plunge by the currency earlier in the week triggered street protests.

  • TEHRAN, Iran-- Iran's national currency is rebounding from record lows, days after protests flared in the country's largest display of anger at economic conditions since Western sanctions were tightened this summer. It was 24,000 rials earlier in the week, and close to 10,000 rials as recently as early 2011..

  • *Sanctions mulled for more Iran central bank transactions. *Aimed at pressuring Iran to abandon nuclear program. WASHINGTON, Oct 5- U.S. lawmakers are considering expanding American economic sanctions on Iran- measures that already have helped push that country's currency into free fall but have not yet convinced Tehran to abandon its nuclear program.

  • *Supportive U.S. data offset by weak China, Europe reports. NEW YORK, Oct 5- Oil prices fell in volatile trading on Friday and posted weekly losses as a fragile global economy and uncertainty about Europe's debt crisis offset support from a better-than-expected U.S. employment report.

  • *Supportive U.S. data offset by weak China, Europe reports. NEW YORK, Oct 5- Oil prices fell in volatile trading on Friday and posted weekly losses as a fragile global economy and uncertainty about Europe's debt crisis offset support from a better-than-expected U.S. employment report.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- At 68, Barbara Miller Elegbede is living proof that flower children need not grow up. A self-described hippie, she attended a San Francisco college at psychedelia's height and remembers friends constantly crashing on the couch of her apartment, just a block away from Janis Joplin's pad in the hip Castro neighborhood.

  • Oil Closes Below $90

    Oil prices are closing below $90 per barrel, and traders are keeping an eye on weaker U.S. demand that is pressuring prices, reports CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

  • *May apply sanctions on Iran central bank transactions. *Aimed at pressuring Iran to rein in nuclear program. WASHINGTON, Oct 5- Lawmakers in the U.S. Congress are looking at ways to expand economic sanctions on Iran, measures that have helped push the country's currency into free fall but have not yet pressured Tehran to abandon its nuclear program.

  • *Iran will defeat "conspiracy" against the rial, aide says. DUBAI, Oct 5- Iran will defeat a "conspiracy" against its foreign currency and gold markets, an adviser to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday, with pressure mounting on the authorities to deal with the rapid collapse of the rial.

  • *More sanctions on Iran being prepared in Europe. BRUSSELS, Oct 5- The European Union has begun discussing the possibility of a broad trade embargo against Iran, moving beyond the web of energy, business and financial restrictions imposed so far, in an effort to pressure Tehran not to build nuclear weapons.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Britain's grid operator said the lights would stay on in the UK in the event of the closure of the Strait of Hormuz, a key shipping route for liquefied natural gas from the largest exporter Qatar which supplies nearly all of Britain's LNG.

  • *Turkey- Syria violence stokes supply concern. LONDON, Oct 5- Oil held above $112 per barrel on Friday after figures showed fewer people out of work in the United States, the world's biggest oil consumer.

  • *Iran will defeat "conspiracy" against the rial, aide says. DUBAI, Oct 5- Iran will defeat a "conspiracy" against its foreign currency and gold markets, an adviser to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday, as pressure mounts on authorities to deal with the rapid collapse of the rial.

  • *Turkey- Syria violence stokes supply concern. LONDON, Oct 5- Oil held above $112 per barrel on Friday after figures showed fewer people out of work in the United States, the world's biggest oil consumer.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- The fall in the Iranian rial over the past year is the result of Tehran's economic mismanagement and sanctions imposed over its disputed nuclear programme, U.S.

  • *Turkey- Syria violence stokes supply concern. LONDON, Oct 5- Oil steadied above $112 per barrel on Friday after figures showed fewer people out of work in the United States, the world's biggest oil consumer. Brent futures was up a cent at $112.59 by 1242 GMT, having fallen over $1 a barrel in earlier trade to $111.48.

  • *Turkey- Syria violence stokes supply concern. LONDON, Oct 5- Oil slid to around $112 per barrel on Friday as investors awaited data that is expected to show U.S. unemployment is on the rise, reinforcing concern that a fragile global economic recovery is still under threat. Brent futures fell more than $1 a barrel and by 1156 GMT were trading at $112.10, down 48 cents.

  • *Iran will defeat "conspiracy" against the rial, aide says. DUBAI, Oct 5- Iran will defeat a "conspiracy" against its foreign currency and gold markets, an adviser to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday, as pressure mounts on authorities to deal with the rapid collapse of the rial.

  • *Turkey- Syria conflict stokes supply concern. LONDON, Oct 5- Oil slid below $112 per barrel on Friday as investors awaited data that is expected to show U.S. unemployment is on the rise, reinforcing concern that a fragile global economic recovery is still under threat. Brent futures fell more than $1 a barrel and by 0947 GMT were trading at $111.93- down 65 cents.

  • DUBAI, Oct 5- Iran will defeat an enemy "conspiracy" against its foreign currency and gold markets, an adviser to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday, following violent protests that forced the closure of Tehran's grand bazaar. But there has so far been no public criticism of Iran's most powerful authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.