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  • *Turkey, Syria fighting stokes concern over Mideast supply. LONDON, Oct 11- Brent crude oil headed for its highest close in a month on Thursday, lifted by escalating tension between Syria and Turkey, maintenance in the North Sea and a supply crunch in oil products.

  • Turkish shares were trading at their highest in 16- months, buoyed by hopes that ratings agency Fitch, due to conduct an annual review of Turkey soon, will upgrade its credit rating.

  • LONDON, Oct 11- U.S. crude futures rose more than $1 a barrel on Thursday, as rising tension between Syria and Turkey and a supply crunch in oil products pushed prices higher. November crude was up 99 cents at $92.24 a barrel by 1120 GMT, after rising to $92.31. Brent crude was up 89 cents at $115.22.

  • *Turkey, Syria fighting stokes worries about Mideast supply. LONDON, Oct 11- Brent crude oil headed for its highest close in a month on Thursday, lifted by escalating tension between Syria and Turkey, maintenance in the North Sea and a supply crunch in oil products.

  • DAMASCUS, Oct 11- Syria said on Thursday a Damascus- bound plane forced to land in Ankara by Turkish fighter jets while en route from Moscow had been carrying legitimate cargo. "The plane was not carrying any illegal material," Ghaida Abdulatif, head of Syrian Arab Airlines, told reporters in Damascus. "

  • DAMASCUS, Oct 11- Syria said on Thursday a Damascus- bound plane forced to land in Ankara by Turkish fighter jets while en route from Moscow had been carrying legitimate cargo. "The plane was not carrying any illegal material," Ghaida Abdulatif, head of Syrian Arab Airlines, told reporters in Damascus. "

  • OSLO, Oct 11- Nordic spot power prices were expected to fall on higher wind output and lower export capacity to Germany, analysts at Point Carbon said on Thursday.

  • ISTANBUL, Oct 11- Turkey's August current account deficit fell to its lowest level since October 2009, central bank data showed, as the trade deficit fell due to an economic slowdown and in line with the central bank's targets.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 11- The following are some of the leading stories in Russia's newspapers on Thursday. -The paper runs an interview with Ivan Tavrin, chief executive officer of Russia's second-largest mobile phone operator MegaFon who says the company earned more than its competitors on data transfer services in the first half of 2012..

  • *Turkey, Syria fighting stokes worries about Mideast supply. LONDON, Oct 11- Brent crude oil headed for its highest close in a month on Thursday, lifted by escalating tension between Syria and Turkey, maintenance in the North Sea and a supply crunch in oil products.

  • Oct 11- Fitch Ratings has assigned Turkiye Is Bankasi A.S.' s upcoming USD issue of subordinated notes an expected' BB+' rating. Isbank Group is a financial conglomerate, where Isbank is the main financial body. The bank is 40.73% owned by the Isbank Pension Fund and 31.18% is broadly held at end-H112.

  • LONDON, Oct 11- Brent crude oil rose by $1 on Thursday, lifted by escalating tension between Syria and Turkey, maintenance in the North Sea and a supply crunch in oil products. By 0818 GMT Brent crude oil was at $115.20 per barrel after reaching $115.33. It was on track for its highest close in a month.

  • ANKARA, Oct 11- Syria decided to stop buying electricity from Turkey last week but there is no disruption to supplies and Turkey stands ready to resume them if Syria wants to start buying again, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Thursday.

  • BEIRUT, Oct 11- Syria's transport minister accused Turkey on Thursday of "air piracy" after Turkish fighter planes forced down a Syrian passenger jet flying from Russia to Damascus, Lebanon's al-Manar Television reported. The channel quoted minister Mahoumd Said as saying the move amounted to "air piracy which contradicts civil aviation treaties."

  • ANKARA, Oct 11- Turkey's current account deficit narrowed more sharply in August, falling to $190 million excluding energy import payments, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek told Reuters on Thursday.

  • BAKU, Oct 11- Azerbaijan's oil and condensate output fell in the nine months to end-September, extending a 2011 drop, state energy company SOCAR said, after the government decided to slow output to prolong the life of reserves. Maintenance at some main fields contributed to the fall in oil output, while gas production rose from plentiful reserves.

  • ISTANBUL, Oct 11- Turkey's current account deficit narrowed to $1.18 billion in August from a revised $4.097 billion a month earlier, central bank data showed on Thursday, below a Reuters poll forecast for a deficit of $1.750 billion.

  • *Turkey, Syria fighting continues, stokes worries about Mideast supply. November Brent crude rose 60 cents to $114.93 a barrel by 0626 GMT after a volatile session on Wednesday that saw the contract rising to $115.59, its highest since Sept. 17, before settling down slightly.

  • ISTANBUL, Oct 11- The Turkish Central Bank's gross foreign exchange reserves rose to $94.914 billion in the week to Oct. 5 from $94.800 billion a week earlier, according to Reuters calculations based on central bank data. Following is a breakdown of reserves:.

  • ISTANBUL, Oct 11- Turkey's Isbank said on Thursday it had mandated Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities and Standard Chartered for investor meetings about a possible bond issue in Europe, the U.S. and Asia.