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  1. DUBAI, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Thursday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.


    • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks hit decade-high on global equity surge, dollar sags
    • MIDEAST STOCKS-Insurers drag down Saudi, UAE and Qatar climb
    • Oil drops on rising U.S. crude inventories, OPEC seen to extend cuts
    • PRECIOUS-Gold prices extend gains amid subdued U.S. dollar
    • Trump resists pressure to soften stance on Iran nuclear deal
    • OPEC again raises demand forecast for its oil, points to 2018 deficit
    • Kurdistan meets monthly payments to oil producers despite crisis
    • Turkey expects visa spat with U.S. to be resolved soon -deputy PM
    • U.S. justices question Arab Bank liability in militant attacks
    • Iran still trying to buy items for missile development-Germany
    • Libya's NOC moves to shield oil output from budget, security risks
    • Sudan banks receive first foreign currency transfers as sanctions end
    • Yemen Islamist party members arrested, ratcheting up tensions
    • SPECIAL REPORT-In blocking arms to Yemen, Saudi Arabia squeezes a starving population
    • Kurdistan region says Iraqi forces preparing major attack in oil-rich Kirkuk
    • INSIGHT-How a businessman struck a deal with Islamic State to help Assad feed Syrians
    • Arab rivalries exposed as Egypt targets Qatar in UNESCO vote
    • Suicide bombers attack Damascus police centre - Syrian state media


    • Reuters Insider - Uber spends big in Egypt despite big challenges
    • Egyptian food producers cry foul after govt orders use of price tags


    • EXCLUSIVE-Saudi Arabia preparing tougher rules for insurers - sources
    • Saudi Arabia sees progress in electricity privatisation
    • Saudi Flynas says to be first Saudi airline to fly to Iraq in 27 years
    • Saudi regulator monitors Banque Saudi Fransi over governance issues
    • MOVES-Banque Saudi Fransi's head of corporate banking leaves -sources


    • Emirates willing to cooperate with rival UAE airline Etihad
    • Emirates to quit some New Zealand flights as part of new Qantas pact
    • SALIC JV with UAE's Al Dahra plans Black Sea investments
    • Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank hires banks for potential kangaroo bond
    • Dubai Islamic Bank posts 26 pct Q3 profit rise
    • TABLE -Dubai Q3 earnings estimates


    • Qatar National Bank rules out sale of stake in UAE bank
    • TABLE-Qatar Q3 earnings estimates


    • TABLE-Kuwait Q3 earnings estimates


    • BRIEF-Fitch says rising Bahrain debt costs add to fiscal pressures
    • BRIEF-Arcapita, Mumtalakat to acquire 90 pct stake in Nas United Healthcare


    • New Afghan peace talks expected in Oman but Taliban participation unclear

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