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| 13 March, 2018

MIDEAST - Factors to watch - March 13

Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Tuesday.

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

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks rally stalls as Wall St loses steam, dollar sags

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* MIDEAST STOCKS-Qatar soars as QNB to lift ownership ceiling, Saudi also strong

* Oil prices fall on relentless rise in U.S. crude output

* PRECIOUS-Gold prices edge higher as dollar sags

* "Unsafe even to bury the dead" in besieged Syrian enclave

* Iraq says plans to reduce oil products imports by 25 percent

* Lebanon's cabinet agrees 2018 budget with lower deficit

EGYPT

* Egypt plans to award Red Sea to Mediterranean rail tender in H2 2018

* Egypt chooses four banks for euro bond issue - finance ministry

SAUDI ARABIA

* Major plot twist for students at Saudi Arabia's first cinema school

* COLUMN-Saudi Aramco international share sale might never happen: Kemp

* Trump to meet Saudi crown prince on March 20 -White House

* Saudi Arabia must ban discrimination against women -U.N. rights panel

* MEDIA-Saudi government is said to take veto power over investment decisions by Prince al-Waleed bin Talal - WSJ

* BRIEF-Saudi's CMA Licenses Greenstone Saudi Arabia

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* EXCLUSIVE-CFO says he left Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj

* UAE central bank to launch new EIBOR system next month -banker

* Dubai's Majid Al Futtaim hires banks for perpetual dollar bond

* UAE says will have rail link with Saudi Arabia by the end of Dec 2021

* BRIEF-United Arab Bank's Rights Issue oversubscribed By 124 pct

KUWAIT

* Kuwait cuts April crude price for Asia by $0.35 from March -sources

* Kuwait Finance House to split shareholding of Turkish asset manager

QATAR

* Qatar sells its 4.6 pct stake in Veolia

* BRIEF-QNB Seeks Shareholder Nod To Increase Non-Qatari Ownership Limit

* MEDIA-Qataris opted not to give info on Kushner, secret meetings to Mueller -NBC

OMAN

* BRIEF-Bank Dhofar Seeks Shareholders Approval For $750 Mln EMTN Program

(Compiled by Dubai newsroom)