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  • BERLIN-- Germany's finance minister is keeping the pressure on Greece to implement reforms and spending cuts before a visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble rejected on ZDF television Sunday suggestions that the trip signals Greece will definitely get further bailout money from its creditors.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 7- Liam Neeson thriller "Taken 2" captured the No. 1 spot on movie box office charts over the weekend with a brawny $50 million take from theaters in the United States and Canada.

  • OSLO, Oct 7- Greenhouse gas emissions rise when economies expand but don't fall as quickly when recession strikes, perhaps because people stick with a higher-emitting lifestyle from the boom times, a study showed.

  • MADRID-- Tens of thousands of people marched in 56 Spanish cities Sunday to protest punishing austerity cuts they say will only increase unemployment and job insecurity in a country experiencing its second recession in three years and record high unemployment. The rally in Spain's capital was supported by 150 organizations.

  • The sequel starring Liam Neeson as a former CIA agent who gets captured in Istanbul pushed last weekend's winner, family flick " Hotel Transylvania," to second place. "Taken 2" was released by 20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp. Sony Corp's movie studio distributed " Hotel Transylvania."

  • *France, Germany and UK battling over state role in group. BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7- Britain will block the proposed $45 billion merger between EADS and BAE Systems if key "red line" priorities are not met, defence minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday, just three days before a deadline for detailing the deal.

  • *Merkel in Greece for first time since euro crisis began there. *Visit shows Germany's change of heart on Greek euro exit* Will make clear Athens must push tough measures By Dina Kyriakidou and Noah Barkin.

  • DUBAI, Oct 7- Iran's parliament voted on Sunday to consider suspending plans for further reform of the country's food and fuel subsidies, with legislators citing economic pain caused by the plunge of the rial currency.

  • ABU DHABI, Oct 7- Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi's flag carrier which has expanded globally through stake purchases in firms like Air Berlin and Virgin Australia, will look to extend its geographical reach to India and other Asian markets.

  • *France, Germany and Britain battling over state role in group. BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7- The proposed $45 billion merger between EADS and BAE Systems must ensure British security and jobs are preserved, finance minister George Osborne said on Sunday, just three days before a deadline for detailing the deal.

  • MADRID-- Thousands of people are marching in 56 Spanish cities to protest punishing austerity cuts they say will only increase unemployment and job insecurity in a country suffering from its second recession in three years and record high unemployment.

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 7- Billionaire investor Nicolas Berggruen said a merger of his retail chain Karstadt and Metro's. Metro, the world's No.4 retailer, in January suspended the sale of its Kaufhof department stores, valued at 2- 3 billion euros, saying potential buyers were struggling to raise funds.

  • ZURICH, Oct 7- Investors are preparing a takeover offer for loss-making Swiss clothing chain Charles Voegele, a newspaper reported on Sunday. The interested part was a retailer from Southern Europe with international ambitions, Der Sonntag said, citing sources close to investors.

  • LONDON, Oct 7- Britain will veto the proposed $45 billion merger between EADS and BAE Systems if its "red line" conditions are not met, British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday. He told BBC radio the merged aerospace-defence group could not be controlled by any one government.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7- The proposed $45 billion merger between EADS and BAE Systems must ensure British security and jobs are preserved, finance minister George Osborne said on Sunday, just three days before a deadline for detailing the deal.

  • *UK faces choice of deeper cuts or longer austerity. By Guy Faulconbridge and Matt Falloon.

  • Sunday Times GERMAN THREAT TO BLOCK BAE DEAL Germany has threatened to scupper the 28 billion pound merger of BAE Systems and EADS unless the headquarters of the combined company is located in Munich.

  • LONDON, Oct 7- Part state-owned Lloyds Banking Group is embroiled in a dispute with Britain's financial watchdog over its plans to return cash to shareholders, the Sunday Times reported.

  • PARIS, Oct 7- French luxury group PPR is preparing to sell its book and CD retailer Fnac and online fashion store La Redoute, Le Journal du Dimanche wrote on Sunday, as part of a strategy to concentrate on luxury and sports brands.

  • LONDON, Oct 7- Australian central bank chief Glenn Stevens has been approached by British Treasury officials seeking a new head for the Bank of England after governor Mervyn King steps down next year, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.