West African crude exports to Asia to hit five-month high in Dec

* 50 percent increase in cargoes to India * Murban maintenance spurs buying * Total exports highest since July * Strong buying fails to boost differentials to dated Brent By Libby George LONDON, Dec 1 West African crude oil exports to Asia are on track to hit a five-month high of 1.96 million barrels per day (bpd) in December on robust buying interest in India, traders and shipping fixtures showed on Tuesday. Refiners on the sub

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UPDATE 2-Indonesia says faulty component, crew response contributed to AirAsia crash

* Plane entered prolonged stall and flight crew could not recover

12:34pm GMT

Part of Sofia airport closed due to security concerns

SOFIA, Dec 1 Bulgarian police evacuated part of Sofia international airport on Tuesday while suspicious items of luggage were checked, the interior ministry's spokeswoman said.

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UPDATE 1-China's Xi in Zimbabwe to sign power, infrastructure deals

* More than 100 Chinese firms operate in Zimbabwe (Adds power agreement, finmin, colour)

12:09pm GMT

UPDATE 1-Merkel cabinet backs German role in military campaign against IS

* Left party and Greens members condemn the mission (Recasts after cabinet decision)

11:54am GMT
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