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  • EU lawmakers back jail for interest rate riggers Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:56 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 9- Traders who try to rig the Libor benchmark interest rate, stock indexes or oil prices would be sent to jail for a minimum of five years under rules backed overwhelmingly by an influential European Parliament committee on Tuesday.

  • *Says hopes to be profitable in France "very quickly". launched a retail gas offer in France on Tuesday, hoping to triple its number of customers by 2016 in a tightly-knit market still dominated by former monopoly GDF Suez.

  • EADS, BAE must decide if enough progress made-France Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:34 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 9- Discussions on the proposed merger between aerospace firms EADS and BAE have moved forward, but the companies must decide whether enough progress has been made, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves le Drian said on Tuesday.

  • EU fin mins blocked on thorny banking union Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:02 AM ET

    LUXEMBOURG-- Europe made little progress Tuesday in its efforts to secure the region's stricken financial system and ensure that failing banks never risk an entire country's economy again when finance ministers from the 27- country European Union failed to agree on how a single banking supervisor should be set up.

  • *Sources say UK, France propose broad state voting cap. *Germany said to maintain demand for parity with France.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 9- British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Tuesday he hoped to meet his French, German and U.S. counterparts to discuss the proposed merger of aerospace groups EADS and BAE Systems, a day before the deal's deadline.

  • 11 EU countries agree to financial transaction tax Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:49 AM ET

    LUXEMBOURG-- European Union finance ministers grappled Tuesday with how to support their struggling banks and ensure that failing financial institutions don't have the power to drag down entire countries with them.

  • *Bank of France, Bank of Spain, Bank of Italy decline to comment. FRANKFURT, Oct 9- Plans to establish a euro zone bank regulator by January 1, 2013, may be pushed back by around a year, Germany's markets regulator said on Tuesday, in a move that could delay efforts to help distressed banks.

  • Several sources briefed on the negotiations said France and Britain had narrowed differences over the wording of key guarantees on state shareholdings, raising the prospect that the companies will buy more time to complete the complex deal.

  • Solvay sets up joint venture with SIBUR in Russia Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:11 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 9- Belgian chemicals group Solvay. will create a joint venture for oilfield process chemicals with Russian petrochemicals group SIBUR, the company said on Tuesday. The unit, which will be owned in equal parts by both companies, will produce surfactants which are used in home and personal care products as well as the oil and gas industries, Solvay said.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 9- The head of NATO said on Tuesday that the 28- member military alliance had plans in place to defend Turkey against attack from Syria if necessary, but that he hoped the two countries would find a way to stop tensions escalating.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 9- A referendum on Britain's ties with the European Union would be the best way of agreeing a fresh settlement with the 27- member bloc, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday, as pressure mounts within his party for a vote. The Conservative Party's restive "eurosceptic" right wing is clamouring to claw back powers from Brussels.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 9- A referendum on Britain's ties with the European Union would be the best way of agreeing a fresh settlement with the 27- member bloc, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday, as pressure mounts within his party for a vote. The Conservative Party's restive "eurosceptic" right wing is clamouring to claw back powers from Brussels.

  • Draghi says euro zone faces long road to recovery Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 6:27 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 9- The euro zone economy faces a long, uphill road to recovery and the bloc is still suffering from a crisis of confidence, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Tuesday.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 9- The head of NATO said on Tuesday the military alliance had plans in place to defend Turkey against attack if needed. "We have all necessary plans in place to protect and defend Turkey if necessary," Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters before a meeting of the alliance's defence ministers in Brussels.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 9- British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Tuesday he hoped to meet his French, German and U.S. counterparts to discuss the proposed merger of aerospace groups EADS and BAE Systems, a day before a deadline for the deal.

  • Britain eyes talks with French , German on EADS, BAE Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:02 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 9- British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Tuesday he hoped to meet his French, German and U.S. counterparts to discuss the proposed merger of aerospace groups EADS and BAE Systems, a day before a deadline for the deal.

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 9- Germany's markets regulator Bafin on Tuesday said a deadline to establish a euro zone bank regulator by January 1, 2013 will likely be delayed by a year. But Elke Koenig, head of Germany's markets regulator said such a deadline was unrealistic.

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 9- Germany's markets regulator Bafin on Tuesday said a deadline to establish a E urozone bank regulator by January 1, 2013 will likely be delayed by a year. But Elke Koenig, head of Germany's markets regulator said such a deadline was unrealistic.

  • HIGHLIGHTS-ECB's Draghi at European Parliament Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 3:51 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 9- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi testified at the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Tuesday. Following are highlights of his comments. ON THE EURO ZONE ECONOMY:.