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  • *Euro falls on worries over Greece, Spain. The euro was down slightly versus the dollar, hurt by uncertainty over whether Greece can agree to a deal on austerity and with no sign of when Spain might request aid.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 29- EU antitrust regulators have told trader Glencore to offer concessions in its zinc operations to ease concerns about its planned $33 billion buy of miner Xstrata, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 29- EU antitrust regulators have told trader Glencore to offer concessions to ease concerns about its planned takeover of miner Xstrata, especially the combined group's large share of the zinc market, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday.

  • NEW YORK- Hurricane Sandy, the monster storm bearing down on the U.S. East Coast, strengthens after hundreds of thousands move to higher ground, public transport shuts down and the U.S. stock market suffers its first weather-related closure in 27 years (STORM-SANDY/ moved, pix, tv, graphic, by Daniel Trotta, 910 words). Politics puts Italy, Spain back in market focus.

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  • *Euro falls on worries over Greece, Spain. Benchmark three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange traded down 1.36 percent at $7,710 a tonne in official midday rings, having earlier touched $7,698, its lowest since Sept. 7.

  • *Strong headwinds remain, with growing focus on France. BRUSSELS, Oct 30- Europe has won the immediate battle to save the euro, but the war to make the single currency sustainable in the long run has only just begun.

  • LONDON,- Copper hit a 7- week low on Monday as the euro edged lower and as concern about global growth, sparked by disappointing corporate earnings, dented risk appetite and overshadowed solid U.S. third quarter economic growth.

  • LONDON, Oct 29- Global consumer confidence edged higher in the third quarter, underpinned by an improvement in the United States, although uncertainty about the economy continued to cap spending, a survey showed. Sixty two percent of global consumers said they believed their national economies were in recession, up from 57 percent in the previous quarter, according to the survey by global information company Nielsen, released on Monday.

  • NEW YORK- Hurricane Sandy, which could become the largest storm ever to hit the United States, is set to bring much of the East Coast, including New York and Washington, to a virtual standstill in the next few days with battering winds, flooding and the risk of widespread power outages.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 28- European Union governments will debate a cut of at least 50 billion euros this week as the starting point for negotiations on the bloc's proposed 1 trillion-euro long-term budget, a source familiar with the issue said.

  • HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C., Oct 28- Hurricane Sandy could be the biggest storm to hit the United States mainland when it comes ashore on Monday night, bringing strong winds and dangerous flooding to the East Coast from the mid-Atlantic states to New England, forecasters said on Sunday.

  • BERLIN, Oct 28- With the U.S. presidential election too close to call, hundreds of thousands of Americans living in Europe have been posting their absentee ballots with a sense that they could truly make a difference on Nov. 6.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 26- The European Commission is having to rethink its plan to impose duties on ceramic tableware and kitchenware from China after a majority of EU member states voted against their imposition this week.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 26- Spain is on track to correct the problems in its financial sector, but needs more decisive action to deal with challenges facing some banks, the European Central Bank and the European Commission said in a joint statement on Friday.

  • LONDON, Oct 26- Ports around the world are considering liquefied natural gas as a ship fuel in a drive to reduce carbon emissions, but the shift will be slow due to the high capital costs of fitting ports and vessels and a lack of investors, industry players say.

  • BRUSSELS-- So far, it's still a mystery. Was the killing of Nicholas Mockford, a 60- year-old executive for ExxonMobil, the world's largest oil company, a car-jacking gone wrong?

  • MADRID, Oct 26- One in four Spanish workers were without a job in the third quarter of this year, a record high, and further layoffs are likely to follow next year as more of the country's 60 billion euro programme of budget austerity kicks in.

  • BRUSSELS-- An executive for ExxonMobil, the world's largest oil company, has been killed in front of his wife on a street in a suburb of the Belgian capital of Brussels. Nicholas Mockford, a British national, was shot as he left an Italian restaurant in Neder-over-Heembeek on Oct. 14.

  • The Italian carmaker is preparing to present third-quarter results and has pledged to give a strategy update on Oct. 30, just days after a perfect storm of plant closures, plunging profit and a state bailout rocked Europe's automotive industry.