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Business Middle East

  • Oct 4- Crude oil futures rose more than $3 a barrel on Thursday, with Brent rising above $111 a barrel as Turkey's retaliatory strikes on a Syria heightened tensions in the Middle East, while U.S. gasoline futures rallied after a fire at a refinery in Texas.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Russian Urals crude strengthened on Thursday as traders cited scarce remaining barrels from the October programme and increased refining runs in Russia and Europe. "I think the market will tighten for November-December as refiners come back on stream in Russia, so you would see less barrels for exports," a trader with a major said.

  • *Turkey strikes on Syria raise regional security fears. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Oil prices jumped 2 percent Thursday as Turkey's retaliatory strikes on a Syria sparked more concern about potential disruptions to Middle East oil supply, while U.S. gasoline futures rallied after a fire at a refinery in Texas.

  • *Barclays investment bank boss Ricci unveils management shake-up- memo. LONDON, Oct 4- Barclays announced a shake up at its investment bank on Thursday as the group tries to cut costs in a tough market and reduce risks to its reputation following the Libor scandal.

  • *Turkey says Syria has apologised for mortar strike. ISTANBUL, Oct 4- Turkish assets trimmed losses on Thursday after Turkey said Syria had apologised for a mortar strike that killed five civilians in southeast Turkey, which investors said would help reduce tensions between the two nations.

  • *Turkey strikes on Syria raise regional security fears. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Oil prices rose on Thursday as Turkey's retaliatory strikes on a Syria sparked additional concern about potential disruptions to Middle East oil supply, while U.S. gasoline futures rallied after a fire at a refinery in Texas.

  • The price of oil is rising the most in two months after tensions rose between Syria and Turkey. Oil rose to $91.63, a jump of $3.49, or 4 percent, in morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The increase came as Turkey's military fired on targets in Syria for the second day.

  • The price of oil is higher after tensions rose between Syria and Turkey. Oil rose to $89.21, a jump of $1.06, or 1.2 percent, in morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The increase in prices came as Turkey's military fired on targets in Syria for the second day.

  • OSLO, Oct 4- The evacuated Yme North Sea oil platform is at risk of collapse this winter, operator Talisman Energy warned safety authorities in a July letter seen by Reuters on Thursday.

  • Oct 4- Oil rig maker Lamprell said its chief executive Nigel McCue had stepped down along with two other senior managers, a day after its new chairman said he wanted to make changes at the top in the light of the company's fourth profit warning in a row.

  • *Spot prices mixed with Germany's down on more green power. FRANKFURT, Oct 4- Prices along Europe's power forward curve recovered on Thursday, led by oil's rise on Middle East concerns, which spilled over into related fuels, traders said. Germany's annual baseload contract for 2013.

  • DUBAI, Oct 4- Kuwait's unexpected 50 basis-point interest rate cut will help reduce borrowing costs for businesses but is not going to be enough to kick-start bank lending without a lasting solution to the country's political crisis.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Barclays announced a shake up at its investment banking business on Thursday aimed at streamlining the business in the face of a more challenging outlook for the industry.

  • *Unrest in Turkey- Syria raises regional security worries. LONDON, Oct 4- Brent crude oil rose almost $2 per barrel on Thursday after skirmishes along the Turkey- Syria border raised fresh concerns over the security of Middle Eastern oil supplies.

  • Oct 4- Rupert Murdoch conceded defeat this week in his battle with Google and the Internet, an adversary even more powerful than the British government. Coincidentally, News Corp, Murdoch's holding company, announced the departure of its chief digital officer, Jonathan Miller.

  • VIENNA, Oct 4- Europe is unlikely to benefit soon from a coming golden age of natural gas as unconventional sources will not transform supply of the fuel and oil-linked contracts will keep its prices high, the head of the International Energy Agency said.

  • DUBAI, Oct 4- Deals from two major banks this week have reopened the Gulf debt market after an extended summer lull, and highlighted the lower yields that investors in the region are settling for as liquidity continues to far outstrip supply.

  • ACRE, Israel-- Orthodox Jewish Israelis, the driving force of the West Bank settlement movement, have begun to turn their attention inward to Israel itself, moving into Arab areas of mixed cities in an attempt to cement the Jewish presence there.

  • DUBAI, Oct 4- Dubai's index hit a fresh five-month high on Thursday after the market regulator announced reforms aimed at boosting liquidity. "These reforms have been long-awaited and should increase liquidity in the medium term," said Kanaga Sunder, Gulf Baader Capital Markets head of research in Muscat.

  • WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spun one-sided stories in their first presidential debate, not necessarily bogus, but not the whole truth.