Factors to watch - October 17



DUBAI, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Sunday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks notch best day in 5 months; oil, govt bond yields up

* Oil prices rise to three-year high on back of supply deficit forecasts

* PRECIOUS-Gold extends slide on U.S. retail sales surprise, higher yields

* MIDEAST STOCKS--Most Gulf exchanges track oil prices higher

* Lebanon Christian leader Bassil: probe into port blast should not be stopped

* Lebanese Christian group denies Hezbollah claim it planned Beirut bloodshed L1N2RC034]

* EU's Borrell says Iran wants to meet officials in Brussels over nuclear deal

* Saudi Arabia to ease coronavirus curbs from Oct. 17 - interior ministry

EGYPT

* Cyprus and Egypt sign deal to pursue electricity hookup

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi Arabia to allow sports fans to attend full-capacity events

* Saudi Arabia's PIF launches offshore platform tourism project

* Saudi Arabia appoints Al-Rabiah as new Hajj minister - state media

* Saudi non-oil exports up 37% to 125.3 bln riyals in first half of year -state news agency

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* EXCLUSIVE-Abu Dhabi's IHC to IPO subsidiary Multiply this year, CEO says

* ADQ Acquires Remaining Shares In Daman

* UAE, South Korea to launch free trade talks

QATAR

* Qatar emir appoints two women to advisory council after men sweep polls

* Vodafone Qatar 9-Month Profit Rises

KUWAIT

* Kuwait calls on its citizens to leave Lebanon

OMAN

* Moody's Changes Outlook On Oman's Rating To Stable, Affirms BA3 Rating

* HSBC Bank Oman 9-Month Profit Rises (Compiled by Dubai newsroom)

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