DUBAI - 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-Asian shares gain but Evergrande jitters keep investors on edge 

* Oil climbs on tight supply, renewed risk appetite 

* PRECIOUS-Gold prices ease as dollar firms on Fed rate hike comments

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Most Gulf bourses claw back; Saudi extends losses 

* Iraq oil minister says OPEC and allies working to keep crude price near $70 

* Bill to provide $1 billion for Israel Iron Dome system introduced in U.S. Congress 

* Exxon, Chevron not disclosing payments to some governments - transparency group 

* 'Very clear intent' by Iran to return to nuclear talks, Ireland says 

* The era of jumbo Gulf bond deals is probably over - JPMorgan 

* Iranian minister meets Saudi, other Arab officials in New York - Mehr 

* Algeria closes airspace to Moroccan aviation as dispute deepens 

* U.S. providing over $290 mln in additional humanitarian assistance for Yemen - Blinken 

* Tunisia president takes new powers, says will reform system 

* Libya's Haftar steps down from role to run for president

* Sudan's military strikes out at civilian politicians after coup attempt 

* Lebanon raises fuel prices, source says price set at rate 

* SoftBank backs Steven Mnuchin's $2.5 bln private equity fund 



* Egypt's GASC buys 12,000 tonnes of sunflower oil 



* Saudi wealth fund PIF to issue green debt soon, says governor 

* Saudi Telecom's tech business locks in $966 million from IPO 

* Saudi imports from UAE drop 33% in July after new trade rules 

* Saudi king tells U.N. kingdom supports efforts to prevent nuclear Iran 

* Saudi king says kingdom worked with OPEC+ and allies to stabilise oil market 

* APICORP launches inaugural green bond framework 



* ADNOC boosts size of drilling unit IPO to $1.1 billion 

* India, UAE plan to lift bilateral trade to $100 billion in 5 years via new pact 

* UAE regulator agrees to support crypto assets trading 

* UAE approves $18 bln housing program 

* UAE economy to grow 2.1% this year and 4.2% next - central bank 

* UAE eases COVID-19 face mask rules as Expo nears 



* Kuwait Airways appoints Maan Mahmoud Al-Razouki as CEO - statement 



* MEDIA-Oman considers sale of $3 bln German chemicals unit - Bloomberg News 

(Compiled by Dubai newsroom) ((