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  • WASHINGTON, Nov 1- Standard Chartered is close to wrapping up discussions to resolve U.S. investigations into its Iran- linked transactions and nearing agreement on a fine in the $300- million range, mirroring a much-publicized state settlement over similar allegations, according to four people familiar with the matter.

  • KHARTOUM, Oct 31- After a Sudanese plane crashed at Khartoum's international airport last year, authorities didn't slow plans to build new airports and add more routes. They used the incident to shoot a video showing how safe flying in Sudan is, thanks to its skillful pilots.

  • 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.

  • GOMA, Congo-- Gold is now the primary source of income for armed groups in eastern Congo, and is ending up in jewelry stores across the world, according to a report published Thursday by the Enough Project.

  • BEIRUT/ CAIRO- Syria said on Wednesday its military command was still studying a proposal for a holiday ceasefire with rebels- contradicting international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi's announcement that Damascus had agreed to a truce.

  • BEIRUT/ CAIRO- Syria said on Wednesday its military command was still studying a proposal for a holiday ceasefire with rebels- contradicting international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi's announcement that Damascus had agreed to a truce.

  • KHARTOUM, Sudan-- A powerful explosion at a military factory rocked Sudan's capital before dawn Wednesday, sending detonating ammunition flying through the air and causing panic, the official news agency and local media reports said. Khartoum governor Abdul-Rahman Khedr told SUNA agency that no one died in the explosion.

  • MILAN-- Silvio Berlusconi made a rare court appearance Friday to deny some of the more salacious accusations at the center of a sex scandal in Italy that has muddied his reputation. Berlusconi's declaration was spontaneous, a practice that Italy allows defendants and which does not have the weight of testimony.

  • NAIROBI, Kenya-- More than 80 percent of people living in a conflict zone in Sudan's southern region are eating only one meal a day, compared with 10 percent one year ago, a U.S. advocacy group said Thursday, citing research collected from a region where aid groups aren't allowed to operate.

  • JUBA, Oct 12- South Sudan needs a lasting peace with Sudan and to meet major challenges such as weak state institutions and a lack of infrastructure to unlock its economic potential, the International Monetary Fund said on Friday.

  • *Pressure on OPEC to produce more easing. *Iraq, North America to increase oil production steeply. LONDON, Oct 12- The world could see a gradual easing of oil prices over the next five years due to sluggish economic growth and rising energy efficiency and as production increases steeply in Iraq and North America, the West's energy watchdog said on Friday.

  • *Pressure on OPEC to produce more easing. *Iraq, North America to increase oil production steeply. LONDON, Oct 12- The world could see a gradual easing of oil prices over the next five years due to sluggish economic growth and rising energy efficiency and as production increases steeply in Iraq and North America, the West's energy watchdog said on Friday.

  • *IEA cuts demand growth outlook due to sluggish economy* Pressure on OPEC to produce more easing* Iraq, North America to increase oil production steeply By Dmitry Zhdannikov and Christopher Johnson.

  • JUBA, South Sudan-- To fight a backlog of court cases in this poor and rural country, South Sudan plans to introduce mobile courts, a response to criticism that that some defendants have languished in prison for five years without trial.

  • *Rare chance for Sudan to meet Western firms. *Sudan and South came close to war in April. VIENNA, Oct 10- Sudan and South Sudan pledged to work together to rebuild their shattered economies and not to return to war in a joint plea for foreign investment after signing a critical trade and border agreement last month.

  • JUBA, Oct 9- South Sudan's annual inflation eased slightly to 42.9 percent in September from 43.3 percent in August, driven mainly by a dip in the cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages, official data showed on Tuesday.

  • Oil prices appeared set for a modest rebound Tuesday after three days of losses, rising nearer to $90 a barrel on supply concerns due to the Syrian conflict and delays in shipments of North Sea oil. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for November delivery was up 50 cents to $89.83 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • Oct 9- The Middle East and North Africa's oil exporting countries will see economic growth accelerate in 2012 to 6.6 percent, mainly due to a strong rebound of activity in Libya, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 8- India's Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd sold a lower sulphur gasoil cargo and offered another, its first such cargoes in more than a year, as it moves away from exporting the polluting high sulphur grade, traders said on Monday.

  • *Flight was on the way to Darfur. KHARTOUM, Oct 7- A Sudanese military plane carrying personnel and equipment to the strife-torn Darfur region crashed near the capital Khartoum on Sunday killing 13 people on board, the army said. The Antonov 12 transport plane was travelling to El Fasher in northern Darfur, military spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khalid told Reuters.