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  • BRUSSELS, Oct 5- Market conditions are not bad enough to make Spain request any kind of financing help from the euro zone, a senior euro zone official said on Friday. "If you look at the current market situation, I see no need for Spain to apply for any programme.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 5-- The EU summit on October 18-19 will not take any decisions on Greece because the preparatory work on Greek reforms and the country's macroeconomic situation will not be ready by then, a senior euro zone official said on Friday.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 5-- A request from the Spanish government for a bailout is not imminent, a senior euro zone official said on Friday.

  • OSLO, Oct 5- Norwegian gas exports to Europe rose on Friday morning as key gas processing plant restarted after a power supply glitch shut it on Thursday. Exports to Europe including Britain rose by 47.8 million cubic metres to 287.4 mcm per day by 0715 GMT compared to 239.6 mcm daily average on Thursday.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 5- Tessenderlo Chemie NV:. *Tessenderlo group: Tessenderlo Group to make a major investment in its water. *Says two thirds of the investment amount, for a total of 75 million euro,.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade, two large United States- based trading firms, are shutting down some of their European businesses, marking the latest casualties of a slow trading year in the region. Charles Schwab warned clients on Tuesday it would close the European arm of OptionsXpress, its derivatives trading unit, on Nov. 30.

  • *Vans driven long distances, likely to be used more. BRUSSELS, Oct 4- The EU proposes less stringent carbon dioxide emissions limits for vans than for cars and making the van goals as tough would save fuel costs for companies that own them, Dutch consultancy TNO said, adding to criticism the bloc's policy is too timid.

  • *Commission cannot force states to apply recommendations. BRUSSELS, Oct 4- Regulators and operators should act now to improve safety at nuclear power plants, the EU energy commissioner said on Thursday, following inspections across the European Union.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 4- The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:. --Private equity firms Carlyle and BC Partners to acquire U.S. industrial pumps maker Hamilton Sundstrand Industrial which is owned by United Technologies Corp.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 4- Agfa Gevaert NV:.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 4- Airlines cannot use strikes as an excuse not to pay compensation to travellers they bump off flights, Europe's highest court said on Thursday, widening the scope of passenger rights in the European Union. Under EU rules, travellers on flights starting or ending in the European Union are entitled to up to 600 euros for being bumped off.

  • NICOSIA, Cyprus-- Cyprus is aiming to get a bailout of about 11.5 billion from the other 16 countries that use the euro to recapitalize its troubled banks and pay its bills, officials said Thursday _ significantly less than what its potential rescuers estimate it needs.

  • DUBLIN, Oct 4- Ryanair on Thursday held out fresh concessions to win approval to take over Aer Lingus, offering to move some of its rival's planes to continental Europe to operate non-Irish routes and allay concerns about a near monopoly in the domestic market.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 4- Ablynx NV:. *Hopes partnering deal on ALX-0061 closed after 24 week analysis. *24- week analysis due Q1 nxt yr.

  • *EU Commission writing strategy to tackle attacks. BRUSSELS, Oct 4- European Commission computer experts orchestrated attacks on mock Internet sites in Europe's largest ever cyber-security exercise on Thursday to uncover weaknesses in the computer systems of major European banks.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Russian bond trading is set to become easier for the world's top investment banks under a deal cut by the Russian stock market and one of Europe's top share settlement firms.

  • BRUSSELS-- EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said Thursday the cost of necessary improvements at the 145 nuclear reactors in the European Union could be as high as 25 billion over the coming years.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 4- The European Union is poised to ban imports of Iranian gas into Europe as part of its efforts to ratchet up pressure on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear programme, diplomats said on Thursday.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 4- EU competition regulators approved on Thursday a 220- million-euro capital injection for Hypo Tirol Bank after the state-owned lender agreed to scale down its operations and cut its balance sheet as part of a revamp.

  • OSLO, Oct 4- Norwegian gas exports to Europe remained broadly stable on Thursday morning, data from Norway's gas system operator Gassco showed. Exports to Europe including Britain totalled 290 million cubic metres per day at 0615 GMT compared to 289.7 mcm daily average on Wednesday.