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  • Just hours later, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the cyberthreat from Iran has grown, and he declared that the Pentagon is prepared to take action if American is threatened by a computer-based assault.

  • TOKYO, Oct 12- Iran's finance minister said on Friday that despite sanctions imposed on the country by Western nations, Iran's foreign exchange reserves are in a "good position".

  • Vice President Joe Biden and his Republican rival, Paul Ryan, faced off on Thursday in their only debate before the Nov. 6 presidential election. Here is some fact-checking of claims made by the candidates. RYAN: ECONOMIC GROWTH IS SLOWER NOW.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 11- The U.S. military could act pre-emptively if it detects an imminent threat of cyber attack, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday, urging stronger action to bolster America's defenses against such plots. He said a presidential executive order was being considered "while we wait for Congress to act."

  • Will Military Strike Against Iran Be Effective?

    How effective would a military strike on Iran be? Rep. Paul Ryan says we must not allow Iran to have nuclear weapons. Vice President Biden counters that the administration is very confident it could "deal a serious blow to the Iranians."

  • NEW YORK, Oct 11- U.S. crude futures rose on Thursday as tensions between Turkey and Syria and between Iran and the West continued to reinforce concerns about the risk to oil supply from the Middle East.

  • *Some nuclear experts worry about proliferation risks* They say laser enrichment plants smaller, harder to detect* Iran says it "possesses" laser know-how but won't use it By Fredrik Dahl.

  • ASHGABAT, Oct 11- Turkmenistan's economy expanded by 11.1 percent in the first nine months of 2012, slowing from 14.6 percent in the same period a year ago, President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov was quoted as saying on Thursday. Turkmenistan's economic growth hinges on the development and exports of its natural gas riches.

  • WASHINGTON-- Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is promising to get tough on China to help American workers, but his plans could backfire. Romney is pledging, on his first day in office, to designate China a currency manipulator, a step no administration has taken against any country for 18 years.

  • *Turkey, Syria fighting continues, stokes worries about Mideast supply. November Brent crude rose 60 cents to $114.93 a barrel by 0626 GMT after a volatile session on Wednesday that saw the contract rising to $115.59, its highest since Sept. 17, before settling down slightly.

  • *Turkey, Syria fighting continues; Mideast tension supports oil. November Brent crude rose 52 cents to $114.85 a barrel by 0501 GMT after a volatile session on Wednesday that saw the contract rising to $115.59, its highest since Sept. 17, before settling down slightly.

  • *Southerners: unity a failure, we can handle al Qaeda ourselves. Secessionists in the south, Houthi Islamist tribal rebels in the north and al Qaeda militants all benefited from the popular upheaval in the Arabian Peninsula country that ousted veteran strongman president Ali Abdullah Saleh in February.

  • *Turkey, Syria fighting continues; Mideast tensions support oil. November Brent crude rose 52 cents to $114.85 a barrel by 0319 GMT after a volatile session on Wednesday that saw the contract rising to $115.59, its highest since Sept. 17, before settling down slightly.

  • *Turkey warns Syria about cross-border shelling. Oil markets, which have been balancing concerns of lower global fuel demand against the risk of supply disruptions in the Middle East and loading delays of crude from the North Sea, also.

  • *Turkey warns Syria about cross-border shelling. Oil markets, which have been balancing concerns of lower global fuel demand against the risk of supply disruptions in the Middle East and loading delays of crude from the North Sea, also.

  • *Turkey warns Syria about cross-border shelling. Oil markets, which have been balancing concerns of lower global fuel demand against the risk of supply disruptions in the Middle East and loading delays in crude from the North Sea, were also closely watching forecasts from the U.S. government and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

  • *Turkey warns Syria about cross-border shelling. NEW YORK, Oct 10- Brent crude prices edged up on Wednesday in volatile trading, as concerns about the security of Middle East supplies amid escalating tensions over Syria helped offset fears that slowing economic growth will curb demand for petroleum.

  • BAGHDAD-- Iraq officially stepped back on Wednesday from its ambitious plans to more than triple its oil production by 2017, but it remains more optimistic than the world's leading global energy monitor about how fast and how high it can boost output.

  • LONDON-- This year's London Film Festival has Ben Affleck, Dustin Hoffman and the Rolling Stones _ and it's bookended by one of the city's premiere cinematic couples. Britain's biggest film showcase opens Wednesday with the European premiere of London- based American director Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie," the animated tale of a boy and his beloved _ but dead _ dog.

  • The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Iran to deter it from pursuing a nuclear weapons program. The U.S. has pressed India to scale back its imports of Iranian crude to support those sanctions, but energy-starved India remains one of Iran's biggest oil purchasers.