LONDON : Oil prices rose on Thursday on supply concerns after US President cleared the first legislative hurdle in his race to win congressional backing for military strikes on Syria. Brent North Sea crude for delivery in October gained 44 cents to stand at $115.35 a barrel. NY's main contract, West Texas Intermediate for October, gained 60 cents. The gains came after the US Senate backed an amended resolution authorising strikes in Syria, albeit with a 90-day deadline and barring the use of ground forces.

 s. Obama was meeting world leaders in Russia on Thursday as he strives to bridge deep divisions over his push for action triggered by an alleged chemical weapons attack on Damascus suburbs. Teoh Say Hwa, head of investment at Phillip Futures in Singapore, said the initial expression of support from Congress had increased the likelihood of military action.