MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - Dec 20

DUBAI, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Here are factors that may affect

Middle East stock markets on Thursday. Reuters has not verified

the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS- Asian shares slip as U.S. budget talks

stall, yen eyes BOJ

* Brent slips to $110, stalled US fiscal talks dent demand

outlook

* BOJ seen boosting stimulus again as incoming PM turns up

heat

* Too big to fail? China's wealth management products stir

debate

* US 'fiscal cliff' talks turn sour, Obama threatens veto

* UBS traders charged, bank fined $1.5 bln in Libor scandal

* U.S. State Department security chief leaves post over

Benghazi

* Rebels seize towns in central Syria

* INTERVIEW-Norway wealth fund eyes more Africa exposure

* MIDEAST MONEY-For expats in Riyadh, housing is costly and

hard to find

EGYPT

* Egypt opposition protests against constitution

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Egypt surges ahead of voting; Gulf mkts

rise

SAUDI ARABIA

* Telco Zain Saudi extends $2.4 bln loan for 6th time

* BAE warns Saudi deal delay could hit earnings

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Australia watchdog set to approve Qantas-Emirates pact for

5 yrs

* INTERVIEW-UAE satellite phone firm expects 10 pct revenue

growth

* Dubai's Emaar signs $500 mln Turkey real estate loan

* Private equity group eyes Abu Dhabi healthcare IPO in 2013

* Emirates NBD's Islamic unit to increase capital by 1.5 bln

dirhams

KUWAIT

* Kuwait in $500 mln settlement to drop airline case against

Iraq

* FEATURE-Kuwait vote boycott deepens rift between city and

tribes

(Compiled by Gulf bureaux)

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