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  • MOSCOW, Oct 4- Russia's gold and foreign exchange reserves rose to $528.2 billion in the week to Sept. 28 from $524.5 billion a week earlier, central bank data showed on Thursday. The central bank provided the following figures: Latest week 528.2 Previous week 524.5 End-2011 498.6.

  • WARSAW, Oct 4- Major shareholders in Poland's cable TV provider Multimedia Polska have decided to retain their stakes in the group, Multimedia said in a press statement on Thursday.

  • WARSAW, Oct 4- Selling a majority stake in Poland's state-owned real estate group PHN to a strategic investor would be the best solution, Treasury Minister Mikolaj Budzanowski said on Thursday. PHN, created last year by pooling together 180 different real estate and land holdings, runs a portfolio estimated to be worth around 2.5 billion zlotys.

  • 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.

  • PARIS, Oct 4- Alstom's chief executive ruled out any more cash calls after its recent 350 million euro capital hike and said that the increase was not intended to cover any negative business developments. Alstom's shares have declined around 5 percent since the announcement of the cash call.

  • PRAGUE, Oct 4- Czech new passenger car registrations fell by 6 percent year on year in the third quarter to 36,826 units as demand in the recession-hit economy ebbed, the country's Car Importers Association said on Thursday.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Turkish stocks fell 1.6 percent on Thursday and credit default swaps jumped after a sharp escalation in political risks caused by retaliatory military raids within the Syrian border. "Clearly a short-term risk for Turkey and Turkish assets," said Simon Quijano-Evans, chief EEMEA economist at ING. MSCI emerging stocks rose 0.3 percent.

  • WARSAW/ LONDON, Oct 4- Poland's goal of reducing its dependence on Russian gas took a step forward on Thursday after it secured the final investments to start construction of its first liquefied natural gas terminal, expected to start importing gas from Qatar in 2014..

  • MOSCOW, Oct 4- The following are some of the leading stories in Russia's newspapers on Thursday. -The daily runs an interview with Igor Krylov, the director general of Pharmstandard, Russia's top drugmaker, who says the company produced 700 million packages of medicines in 2011..

  • ROME-- A U.N. agency says international food prices ticked upward in September after two months of stability. International wheat prices fell toward the second half of the month following Russia's announcement that it would not impose restrictions on exports.

  • *FTSE 100 falls 0.2 pct, sheds early gains. LONDON, Oct 4- UK shares turned lower on Thursday, hit by concerns over bailout talks in Greece and tensions in the Middle East, ahead of central bank meetings in Britain and Europe that are unlikely to generate new stimulus moves. By 0836 GMT, the UK's FTSE 100.

  • MOSCOW-- Steelmaker Evraz is to gain control of one of Russia's largest coal mines after acquiring a half stake in Cyprus- based investment vehicle Corber Enterprises for an undisclosed sum.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Poland's goal of reducing dependence on Russian gas took a step forward on Thursday after it secured the final investments to start construction of its first liquefied natural gas terminal.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Poland's goal of reducing dependence on Russian gas took a step forward on Thursday after it secured the final investments to start construction of its first liquefied natural gas terminal.

  • rose on Thursday, bucking falls on local stock markets on news that the country's largest steel maker Evraz. Evraz, which had owned about 40 percent of Raspadskaya indirectly up to this point, fell however 3.4 percent in London, surprising some analysts.

  • BUDAPEST, Oct 4- The zloty held gains in early Thursday trade after Poland kept interest rates unchanged in the previous session, going against market expectations for a cut, while stock markets across central Europe inched higher.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 4- Evraz, Russia's largest steelmaker, is to take a majority stake in coal miner Raspadskaya in an $800 million cash and share deal designed to give it more control over the supply of coking coal, a key ingredient in steelmaking.

  • 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.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- London- listed shares in Russia's Evraz fell more than 4 percent in early trade on Thursday after the steelmaker announced a plan to increase its share in coal miner Raspadskaya to an indirect 82 percent holding.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 4- Russian Standard Bank, a leader in Russian consumer lending, has placed subordinated bonds worth $350 million with a yield of 10.75 percent and a term of 5.5 years, a banking source told Reuters on Thursday. The deal was organised was Goldman Sachs, UBS and VTB Capital.