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Business Middle East

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 25- Raytheon Co, maker of Patriot missiles, radar and other military equipment, reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings on Thursday despite a 1 percent drop in revenues, and it raised its forecast for 2012 earnings.

  • Commodities Tomorrow: Expecting Higher Gas Demand Ahead of Storm

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

  • NEW YORK-- In a story Oct. 23 about the boom in U.S. oil production, The Associated Press misidentified the year and amount of peak U.S. oil output. US could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as world's biggest oil producer; output is booming. NEW YORK _ U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer.

  • *Shares in Hong Kong more than halved this year. HONG KONG, Oct 25- ZTE Corp, the world's fourth-biggest maker of mobile phones and fifth-ranked telecommunications equipment manufacturer, reported its first quarterly loss- of $310 million- since listing in Hong Kong in 2004, on shredded margins, project delays and accounting changes in China.

  • Chief Financial Officer Clay Williams characterized it as North America playing defense, while the rest of the world played offense. He said the company was building out facilities in Brazil, while selling more well stimulation equipment into the Middle East, China and Russia.

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.-- An election-eve terrorist strike. Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are on guard for anything that could push the presidential race from its taut course. They've got a plan and they are now going to execute it, "said Carter Eskew, a top strategist for Democrat Al Gore during a 2000 campaign that came up just short."

  • *Raises 2012 EPS outlook to $2.50- $2.60 per share. Oct 25- Rising generic drug sales in North America helped push up Mylan Inc's quarterly profit by 35 percent and the drugmaker raised its earnings forecast for 2012, even as it steps up spending on its own drug research.

  • PITTSBURGH-- Mylan Inc., a maker of generic and specialty prescription drugs, on Thursday posted a 35 percent increase in net income in the third quarter, mainly due to a big jump in sales. The Pittsburgh- based company raised its 2012 profit forecast, to a range of $2.50 to $2.60 per share, after having increased the forecast in May from its earlier $2.30 to $2.50 range.

  • LONDON, Oct 25- Brent crude oil rose to around $109 per barrel on Thursday, consolidating after seven days of falls as better-than-expected data suggested the world economy was recovering, but analysts said the overall outlook for oil prices was bearish.

  • LONDON, Oct 25- Yield-hungry pension funds and sovereign wealth funds are stepping in where crisis-hit, regulation-laden banks are pulling back: lending to cash-starved businesses.

  • NEW YORK-- The cosmetics company Revlon Inc. reported a loss for the third-quarter as restructuring and litigation charges more than offset the impact of a 3 percent rise in revenue. Revlon, whose brands include Almay, Mitchum and its namesake, said that it lost $15 million, or 29 cents per share in the three-month period ended Sept. 30.

  • HOUSTON-- Noble Energy, while wresting with falling natural gas prices and a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, topped Wall Street expectations for the third quarter. The Houston energy producer said Thursday that its net income totaled $221 million, or $1.23 per share, in the July-through-September quarter.

  • *Shares in Hong Kong more than halved this year. HONG KONG, Oct 25- ZTE Corp, the world's fourth-biggest maker of mobile phones and fifth-ranked telecommunications equipment manufacturer, reported a $310 million quarterly net loss, its first since listing in Hong Kong in 2004, on shredded margins, project delays and accounting changes in China.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 25- ZTE Corp, the world's fourth-biggest maker of mobile phones and fifth-ranked telecommunications equipment manufacturer, reported a $310 million net loss for July-September, its first quarterly loss, as margins thinned, overseas projects were delayed and it made accounting changes at home in China.

  • HAVANA- Hurricane Sandy, strengthening rapidly after crossing the warm Caribbean Sea, slammed into southeastern Cuba early on Thursday with 105 mph winds that cut power and blew over trees across the city of Santiago de Cuba.

  • *Coming Up: U.S. Weekly jobless claims at 1230 GMT. LONDON, Oct 25- Brent crude oil rose above $108 per barrel on Thursday, consolidating after seven days of falls as better-than-expected data suggested the world economy was recovering, but analysts said the overall outlook for oil prices was bearish.

  • LONDON, Oct 25- An Iranian partner of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, a Chinese company that has denied breaking U.S. sanctions, last year tried to sell embargoed American antenna equipment to an Iranian firm, according to documents and interviews.

  • The irony for journalists is that Mogadishu, on the whole, is far safer than it was when the Islamist extremists, al-Shabab, controlled most of the city from 2007-2011. African Union troops forced al-Shabab out in August 2011, leading to less violence and a general revival of business, the arts and sports.

  • NEW YORK-- A columnist imprisoned under Ethiopia's controversial anti-terrorism laws, an Azerbaijani investigative radio reporter who had surveillance cameras planted in her apartment and a Palestinian blogger who has been beaten and tortured for reporting on abuses and protests in Gaza each received Courage in Journalism awards Wednesday from a women's media group.

  • LEESBURG, Va.-- In many ways, it's an odd topic to make a central campaign issue: sequestration. Many voters greet the word with a blank stare or slightly glazed eyes, and when Republican George Allen brings up the issue in his Senate campaign, he first has to explain what he's talking about.