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  • *Middle East allocated much more of sukuk than expected. DUBAI, Oct 11- Turkey's first sovereign sukuk issue was a public relations triumph but it's been a financial disappointment so far in the secondary market, showing the risks of over-allocating debt deals to a single region.

  • UPDATE 1-Morocco's king plans Gulf tour - officials Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 3:16 AM ET

    KUWAIT, Oct 11- Morocco's King Mohammed plans to tour Gulf Arab countries in the next few weeks to discuss investment and bilateral relations, a senior Kuwaiti official said on Thursday. King Mohammed will travel to countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council, which comprises Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman, Jarallah said.

  • UPDATE 1-BAE warns of disruption ahead in U.S. market Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:53 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- BAE Systems warned on Thursday that it faced uncertainty in its core market, the United States, a day after the collapse of talks with EADS.

  • Morocco's king plans Gulf tour - Kuwait official Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:41 AM ET

    KUWAIT, Oct 11- Morocco's King Mohammed plans to tour Gulf Cooperation Council countries in the next few weeks to discuss investment and bilateral relations, a senior Kuwaiti official said on Thursday. King Mohammed is expected to visit Kuwait as part of the tour in October or November, he said.

  • Arms maker BAE fights for growth after merger shot down Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:33 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- Its $45 billion merger plan shot down, BAE Systems must now hunt growth elsewhere if the British arms maker is to find the cash needed to sustain big dividends and avert the possibility of a break-up. CEO Ian King is under pressure to spur the search for new business with a lucrative deal in Saudi Arabia now seen as crucial to bolster the balance sheet.

  • *Euro crisis has hit Morocco hard. KUWAIT/ RABAT, Oct 11- Morocco's King Mohammed will make a rare tour of Gulf Arab countries before the end of the year as his cash-strapped government tries to drum up investor interest in a sovereign bond.

  • *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.

  • Iraq officially retreats from ambitious oil plans Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:28 AM ET

    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, Oct 10- The shale boom has left some of the most sophisticated refineries in the United States hunting across Europe and Africa for more of the heavy residue left over from other refiners' crude distillation units, as they try to find a use for all the expensive coking units built in the last decade.

  • FEATURE-Marriage loses its sparkle in Kuwait Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    KUWAIT, Oct 10- In a luxury hotel suite, away from prying eyes, twenty Kuwaiti female guests at a traditional wedding party segregated by the sexes watch the men via a video link. "The most important thing now is getting a university degree," said Noora al-Jaber, 28, who married seven years ago.

  • RIYADH, Oct 10- Banque Saudi Fransi, the lender part-owned by Credit Agricole, posted a 12.9- percent drop in its third-quarter net profit that missed analysts forecasts, it said in a bourse statement on Wednesday.

  • JP Morgan picks Nomura banker for senior Middle East job Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 6:44 AM ET

    DUBAI, Oct 10- J.P. Morgan Chase Inc has hired Ahmed Saeed from Nomura Holdings to head up its Middle East business focused on public sector clients, the U.S. bank said in a statement on Wednesday.

  • Dubai flights snarled by fog, airport malfunction Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:17 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates-- Flights were snarled at the Middle East's busiest airport in Dubai early Wednesday after a backup system needed to deal with heavy fog failed, forcing airlines to divert dozens of planes.

  • By Robert Gibbons and Matthew Robinson. NEW YORK, Oct 9- Oil prices jumped on Tuesday, snapping two sessions of losses, as escalating turmoil on the border of Turkey and Syria heightened concerns of a supply disruption in a tense Middle East. He later told reporters that the OPEC powerhouse would prefer to see oil prices closer to $100 a barrel.

  • *Alcoa settlement also includes alumina supply contracts. DUBAI, Oct 9- Alcoa Inc will pay $85 million in cash and enter long-term raw material supply contracts with Aluminum Bahrain to settle the Bahraini firm's racketeering and fraud lawsuit against Alcoa, the companies said on Tuesday.

  • 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.

  • Med Crude-Urals stronger in Baltic on arbitrage Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 1:17 PM ET

    *Azeri Nov exports to rise, Iraq cuts OSP for Europe. In the Platts window, BP bid in the Baltic for an Oct 22-26 Urals cargo at dated Brent minus $1.30 a barrel, some 30 cents stronger than on Monday, and Exxon bid for an Oct 20-24 cargo at dated Brent minus $1.35, traders said.

  • Saudi Arabia finds new gas field in Red Sea-agency Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 1:04 PM ET

    ABU DHABI, Oct 9- Saudi Arabia's Aramco, the world's largest energy company, has discovered a new gas field in the Red Sea, 26 kilometres North West of the port of Daba, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday quoting the oil minister. Gas flowed at the rate of 10 million cubic feet a day at a test well at the depth of 17,700 feet, Ali al-Naimi was quoted as saying.

  • 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.

  • Saudi oil minister says kingdom can meet demand Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:10 AM ET

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia-- Saudi Arabia's oil minister said Tuesday his country has the ability to meet existing and future demand for oil, seeking to alleviate concerns about supply and cut prices. Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, was trading above $113 a barrel in London on Tuesday.