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  • The yield on Turkey's two-year benchmark bond. A reduction in natural gas exports from Iran would not have much impact on world energy markets, but could hurt Turkey and part of Azerbaijan, according to a U.S. report due to be released on Tuesday.

  • As Western sanctions squeeze Iran and its currency tumbles, the country's energy minister wooed Indian businesses on Wednesday for more investment and trade.

  • *Turkey warns Syria about cross-border shelling. Shelling along the Turkey- Syria border, hostility between Iran and the West and an impending Israeli election have reinforced fears about potential threats to oil supplies from the Middle East Gulf.

  • WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama has signed an executive order that carries out new sanctions against Iran that Congress approved and that he signed this summer. The sanctions seek to deter Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapons program.

  • *UAE spoke last month of Iran's "occupation". DUBAI, Oct 9- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday Tehran would consider downgrading ties with the United Arab Emirates over three disputed Gulf islands, but state television later denied the Islamic Republic was contemplating such a move.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- Oil prices jumped on Tuesday, snapping a string of two lower settlements, as the threat of supply disruption in a tense Middle East countered concerns about slower growth and resulting sluggish demand for oil.

  • *Congress considering broader sanctions on Iran. WASHINGTON, Oct 9- A reduction in natural gas exports from Iran would not have much impact on world energy markets, but could hurt Turkey and part of Azerbaijan, according to a U.S. report due to be released on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- Oil prices rose more than 1 percent on Tuesday, after two sessions with lower settlements, as the threat of supply disruption in a tense Middle East countered concerns about slower growth and resulting sluggish demand for oil.

  • Afghanistan's first female rapper Sosan Firooz pleads into her microphone. She sings about repression of women, her hopes for a peaceful Afghanistan and the misery she says she experienced as a small child living in neighboring Iran.

  • TEHRAN, Iran-- Iran on Tuesday warned the United Arab Emirates it could cut diplomatic relations between the two countries if the Arab nation keeps repeating claims to three Gulf islands that are controlled by Tehran.

  • By Ayla Jean Yackley and Evrim Ergin ISTANBUL, Oct 9- Turkish group Akfen Holding. may bid for Istanbul's natural gas distribution network Igdas, which is slated for privatisation this year, along with a raft of other energy and transportation businesses that could go up for sale, Chief Executive Suha Gucsav said on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- Oil rose over $113 a barrel on Tuesday after two days of losses, with tensions in the Middle East and the risk of supply disruptions outweighing concerns about sluggish global demand.

  • *Iraq oil official sees 2.8 mbpd Oct exports. LONDON, Oct 9- Iraq's oil exports are expected to rise to their highest in decades this month and production is on course to more than double by 2020, as it cements its place as OPEC's second-biggest producer after Saudi Arabia.

  • NEW YORK-- A year ago, not many people had heard of Lena Dunham. Dunham, 26, whose appearance sold out in the first 20 minutes that tickets went on sale this year, was interviewed by New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum on Sunday, just as word of her seven-figure book deal was emerging, an essay collection to be published by Random House. "I dressed as you for Halloween!"

  • LONDON, Oct 9- Oil rose to around $113 a barrel on Tuesday after two days of losses, with tensions in the Middle East and the risk of supply disruptions outweighing concerns about sluggish global demand.

  • Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Monday the "worst-case scenarios" between his country and Syria were now playing out, fuelling concerns that the 18- month-old conflict in Syria may spread to other countries in the region.

  • *Iran says UAE claims are "baseless". The three islands of Abu Musa and Greater and Lesser Tunb sit near important oil shipping channels at the mouth of the strategic Strait of Hormuz and were claimed by the U.S.-backed Shah of Iran in 1971, just before the seven Gulf emirates won independence from Britain and formed the UAE.

  • "Our countries have exerted major efforts to restore global oil market stability, a feat that has actually been achieved," Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi told a meeting of Gulf Arab energy ministers in Riyadh.

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  • Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Monday the "worst-case scenarios" between his country and Syria were now playing out, fuelling concerns that the 18- month-old conflict in Syria may spread to other countries in the region.