COLUMN-Free trade in crude oil is in U.S. interests: Kemp LONDON, Sept 30- U.S. oil refiners have been among the biggest beneficiaries of free trade in the last decade, so it is ironic some continue to lobby hard to maintain the protectionist ban on crude exports. Production, profits and jobs at U.S. refineries are increasingly underpinned by exports to Europe, Latin America and Asia.
| By: John Kemp
Syria raids show Saudi, UAE ambition to extend regional authority DUBAI/ RIYADH, Sept 30- The decision by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to join air strikes in Syria reflects an increasingly muscular foreign policy by the Gulf Arab heavyweights that has already started to reshape the balance of power in the Middle East.
| By: William Maclean and Angus McDowall
ISIS airstrikes: Who are the US's Arab allies? Five Arab countries are understood to be participating in the U.S.-led air campaign against ISIS, in the first collective military action since the 1991 Gulf War.
| By: Yousef Gamal El-Din
Obama meets with Arab leaders CNBC's Eamon Javers reports President Obama is meeting with Arab leaders in New York City for help in the fight against ISIS.
UPDATE 7-Brent oil falls as glut outweighs Mideast turmoil; US oil up *Libya and Iraqi oil output, exports rise. For Brent, higher output from Libya and Iraq overshadowed the start of U.S.-led air strikes against Islamist groups in Syria and stronger Chinese economic data. Brent for November delivery fell 17 cents at $96.80 a barrel by 12:04 EDT after climbing as high as $97.59 a barrel in early trading.
UPDATE 6-Oil falls as Libyan, Iraqi output outweighs strikes on Syria *U.S. and Arab allies start Syria strikes. LONDON, Sept 23- Brent crude oil fell towards a two-year low near $96 a barrel on Tuesday, reversing early gains as higher output from Libya and Iraq overshadowed the start of U.S.-led air strikes against Islamist groups in Syria and stronger Chinese economic data.
| By: David Sheppard