UPDATE 3-Brent slips below $111 after China growth warning

* World Bank says China economic slowdown could get worse

* Money managers cut U.S. crude futures, options net longs

* Turkey retaliates against Syrian bombing

(Updates throughout, changes dateline, previous SINGAPORE)

By Christopher Johnson

LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Brent crude oil fell below $111per barrel on Monday on concerns slower economic growth wouldcurb oil demand, but supply worries stemming from tension in theMiddle East helped check losses.

The World Bank on Monday cut its economic growth forecastsfor East Asia and the Pacific region, home to two of the world'slargest oil consumers, and said there was a risk the slowdown inChina could be deeper and more prolonged than expected.

China has been a key prop for the world economy, and globalenergy demand, at a time when many developed industrialisednations have seen slower growth or recession.

Concerns about Europe persist with the region's largesteconomy, Germany, seeing a fall in industrial orders, while afirm dollar after a surprise drop in the U.S. jobless rate alsocurbed oil prices.

A stronger dollar makes commodities priced in the U.S.currency more expensive for many end-consumers.

Brent crude for November fell to a low of $110.54,down $1.48, before recovering slightly to trade around $110.95by 0900 GMT. U.S. crude fell $1.61 to a low of $88.27.

"The World Bank's pessimistic outlook for East Asianeconomies and warning that China's economic slump coulddeteriorate further ... had a hand in pushing prices lower,"said David Wech, head of market analysis at Vienna-basedconsultancy JBC Energy.

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Investors have turned more cautious as hedge funds and otherlarge speculators cut their bets on higher oil prices for thesecond straight week in the seven days to Oct. 2, the U.S.Commodity Futures Trading Commission said.

Oil continued to draw support from worries about potentialthreats to supply as the Syrian civil conflict drags on and asIran's dispute with the West over its nuclear program persists.

Turkey returned fire for a fifth day against incomingbombardment from northern Syria. The exchanges are the mostserious cross-border violence in Syria's conflict and highlighthow the crisis could destabilise the region.

The United States and Europe are looking at more economicsanctions to pressure Iran to abandon its nuclear programme.

"The overall tensions throughout the Middle East arecontinuing to increase," said Dominick Chirichella, analyst atNew York's Energy Management Institute.

"Risk of a supply disruption is also increasing, especiallyif there is an overreaction by any of the main players in theregion - Israel or Iran in particular."

Middle East conflicts and delays in the October loading ofNorth Sea Forties cargoes have pushed Brent's premium

to U.S. crude to its highest since October 2011.

(Additional reporting by Florence Tan and Manolo Serapio Jr inSingapore; editing by Keiron Henderson)

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