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  • 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.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 4- Ablynx NV:. *Ablynx reports excellent interim results from phase i/ii study with its. anti-il-6r nanobody, ALX-0061, in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

  • Yiannis Stournaras said "fairly large" differences remain with debt inspectors from the so-called "troika" of the International Monetary Fund, European Union and European Central Bank. We shall see, "he told journalists after briefing Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on the day's negotiations in Athens.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 3- Britain warned on Wednesday it would be unacceptable for the European Central Bank to have too dominant a role in a new system of supervision designed to watch over the region's banks.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 3- European Union lawmakers should rethink their decision to bolster "monopolies" in processing vast swathes of derivatives transactions from next year, Britain said on Wednesday.

  • BALTIMORE-- Johns Hopkins University says it will lead an international team of researchers studying how to improve wind farm design. The university said Tuesday that the National Science Foundation has awarded $6 million in grants to help fund the work.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 3- Ireland urged euro zone leaders on Wednesday to stick to a deal allowing the bloc's rescue fund to assist its ailing banks, in a move to head off threats that the agreement could be unwound.

  • BRUSSELS-- The 17 countries that use the euro would have to enter into contracts with the European Union that would bind them to implement specific economic policies and reforms, under proposals that would amount to a significant increase in power for the central EU government.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 3- Belgium's largest supermarkets engaged in price fixing of personal hygiene products, including soap and toilet paper, an expert at Belgium's competition board has ruled. It can be expected that the fines will be substantial, "said Bert Stulens, auditor general for Belgium's competition watchdog.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 3- Banking supervision, the single market, a centralised euro zone budget, a single bank resolution fund, direct recapitalisation of banks from rescue funds and much stricter fiscal oversight.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 3- European leaders have clearly agreed that the euro zone's rescue fund, the European Stability Mechanism, should be able to directly recapitalise banks once a supervisory mechanism has been put in place, the president of the European Commission said on Wednesday.

  • *Glencore bidding for shares in Xstrata not already owned. BRUSSELS/ LONDON, Oct 3- EU antitrust regulators have set a Nov. 8 deadline to decide on whether to allow trader Glencore's $33 billion takeover of miner Xstrata, after months of talks which the companies hope will help avoid forced sales or a lengthier, in-depth probe.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 3- 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.

  • *Retail trade rises 0.1 pct in August from July. BRUSSELS, Oct 3- Retail sales in the euro zone barely rose in August as motorists cut back spending on fuel during the normally busy driving months of the European summer, worried about the economy's slide towards recession.

  • BEIJING, Oct 3- China quietly deferred a request by North Korea for its young leader to visit last month because the Chinese leadership was preoccupied with its once-in-a-decade leadership change and a host of other distractions, two independent sources said.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 3- EU competition regulators cleared on Wednesday public loans granted to German carrier Lufthansa and Munich Airport to build a second terminal, saying the companies paid market rates for the loans. The European Commission opened an investigation into the matter four years ago following a complaint from Irish low-cost airline Ryanair.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 3- Banking supervision, the single market, a centralised euro zone budget, a single bank resolution fund, direct recapitalisation of banks from rescue funds and much stricter fiscal oversight.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 3- Greek gambling monopoly OPAP. "Greece has cooperated fully with the Commission to ensure that OPAP will not benefit from any undue financial advantage through the prolongation of its exclusive rights and its license for video lottery terminals," EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said in a statement.