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U.S. Warns NATO it Won't be able to Fill Defense Gaps

The U.S. military faces serious budget cuts and will be unable to make up any shortfalls in the NATO alliance as European members slash defense spending, Pentagon chief Leon Panetta warned Wednesday.

Fiscal pressures are bearing down on both sides of the Atlantic and NATO allies will need to work closely together to pool funds, instead of counting on America's much larger defense spending to close the gap, Panetta said.

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500 Vacancies at 'Badi Ishteghil B Lebnen' Job Fair

Fikra Group is organizing “Badi Ishteghil B Lebnen Job Fair” that will be held on Oct 27-29 at the Monroe Hotel Beirut, the group said in a press release.

The fair will be organized in collaboration with Koudourat Anti Unemployment Association, it said.

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Egypt to Substantially Raise Price of Gas to Israel: Report

Egypt will substantially raise the price of its gas exports to Israel, which have stopped after militants blew up a Sinai desert pipeline, an Egyptian newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Oil minister Abdullah Ghurab said there would be "a large increase in the price" after the revision which would be announced soon, the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

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India's Rupee a Victim of Global Turmoil

India's rupee has slid nearly 10 percent in three months against the dollar, a consequence of global economic uncertainty that will stoke already high inflation in Asia's third-biggest economy.

The rupee's tumble makes import prices of everything from oil, fertilizers to food staples such as pulses, fuelling near-double-digit inflation and causing bigger hardship for India's poor millions.

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Oil Drops Below $100 in London, Hits 1-Year Low in New York

Crude oil prices dropped below $100 a barrel in London and hit a one-year low in New York on Tuesday over heightened Eurozone crisis concerns that sent European stocks plunging.

Brent North Sea crude for delivery in November stood at $99.95 in late London deals, down $1.76 compared with Monday's close.

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Arab Spring Sparks Sharp Fall in Foreign Investment

The flow of foreign direct investment into the Arab world is expected to slump by 17 percent in 2011, with countries that saw popular uprisings worst hit, a pan-Arab organization said on Tuesday.

FDI inflows into 21 Arab nations are forecast to fall to $55.1 billion this year compared to $66.2 billion in 2010, the Kuwait-based Arab Investment and Export Credit Guarantee Corp. said in a report.

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China Says 'Firmly Opposes' U.S. Senate Currency Bill

China said Tuesday it "firmly opposed" a U.S. Senate bill aimed at punishing Beijing for its alleged currency manipulation, which is expected to make its final passage later this week.

The bill -- which comes 13 months ahead of U.S. elections in which high unemployment is likely to be an issue -- sets the stage for retaliatory duties on Chinese goods if Beijing is found to keep its currency artificially cheap.

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France Withdraws Shale Gas Permits

The French government withdrew three permits Monday for shale gas exploration, dampening industry hopes that the controversial method for extracting natural gas would be approved in France.

"We have decided to abrogate the three research permits," Ecology Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet told Agence France Presse.

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Pressure Mounts on Eurozone to Decide Greek Fate

An under-pressure Eurozone got back to work on Greece on Monday, trying to unblock hold-ups to promised bailout funds after international markets tumbled on the latest doubts.

Despite an announcement from Athens it would fail to meet this year's deficit targets, Greece's finance minister Evengelos Venizelos said his country would not be made a "scapegoat" for wider debt troubles as he went into talks with his 16 euro-area counterparts.

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Wall Street Posts Worst Close in Over a Year

Wall Street suffered another slump Monday as concerns about the economy, contagion from the European debt crisis and rumors of an American Airlines bankruptcy dragged down markets.

Despite a brief rally on news that a key indicator of the health of the U.S. manufacturing sector was better than expected, the main indexes ended the day firmly in the red.

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