• Syrian plane leaves Ankara after being grounded Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 7:36 PM ET

    ISTANBUL, Oct 11- A Syrian passenger plane took off from the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday after being grounded for several hours by Turkish authorities on suspicion that it was carrying military equipment destined for Syria.

  • TEXT-Fitch affirms Societe Generale at 'A+' Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 5:17 PM ET

    Oct 10- Fitch Ratings has affirmed Societe Generale's. The Negative Outlook on SG's Long-term IDR reflects that on France's Long-term IDR. This rating action on SG was taken in conjunction with Fitch's Global Trading and Universal Bank periodic review.

  • Rare Whiskey Collections     Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:50 PM ET

    Ken Grier, The Macallan Distillers director, discusses just how much money one can make investing in whiskey, and the growing number of whiskey collections around the world.

  • New blastoff for Sarah Brightman: flight to space Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:25 PM ET

    MOSCOW-- Sarah Brightman's voice, beloved by audiences and renowned for its three-octave range, rocketed to fame more than two decades ago as the heroine of The Phantom of the Opera. On Wednesday, Brightman told a news conference in Moscow that she has booked a trip to the International Space Station.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 10- British singer Sarah Brightman said on Wednesday she had bought a seat to fly on a Russian spaceship, describing it as a chance to live out a childhood desire "beyond her wildest dreams".

  • Russia's EuroSibEnergo puts IPO plans on hold Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:17 PM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 10- Russian electricity firm EuroSibEnergo, owned by tycoon Oleg Deripaska, will put off plans for an initial public offering in 2013 to focus on a deal with hydroelectric power giant RusHydro, its head said on Wednesday.

  • Med Crude-Urals stable, further strength seen Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:51 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 10- Russian Urals crude was stable on Wednesday with traders anticipating a further price spike in the next few days due to poor cargo availability and good demand from refiners. He predicted that activity would remain thin until Russia publishes early loading programmes for November within the next 5-10 days.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 10- Russian shares fell on Wednesday, underperforming emerging market peers, while the rouble was stronger, supported by higher oil prices and an auction for rouble-denominated treasury bonds. "There are almost no new money inflows," said Vadim Feldblyum, a senior client manager at BCS.

  • Iraq officially retreats from ambitious oil plans Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:28 AM ET

    BAGHDAD-- Iraq officially stepped back on Wednesday from its ambitious plans to more than triple its oil production by 2017, but it remains more optimistic than the world's leading global energy monitor about how fast and how high it can boost output.

  • Romney's Bain advisers aided China, Russia growth Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- As Bain& Co. head in the early 1990 s, Mitt Romney presided over the corporate strategy firm's expanding operations into China and Russia, helping their initial attempts to move into the world's free market system. In his campaign, China and Russia are prime targets for criticism.

  • UPDATE 1-Belarus cbank to halt rate cuts as rouble wobbles Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:15 AM ET

    MINSK, Oct 10- The Belarus central bank, which has cut its benchmark interest rate at least once a month so far this year, will not do so again this month in order to prevent a run on the rouble, its head Nadezhda Yermakova said on Wednesday.

  • SpaceX Dragon capsule arrives at space station Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:59 AM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.-- A private company successfully delivered a half-ton of supplies to the International Space Station early Wednesday, the first official shipment under a billion-dollar contract with NASA. Williams thanked SpaceX and NASA for the delivery, especially the chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream stashed in a freezer.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- The shale boom has left some of the most sophisticated refineries in the United States hunting across Europe and Africa for more of the heavy residue left over from other refiners' crude distillation units, as they try to find a use for all the expensive coking units built in the last decade.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 10- British singer Sarah Brightman announced on Wednesday she had bought a seat to fly on a Russian spaceship, describing the journey as a chance to fulfil a childhood desire "beyond her wildest dreams."

  • Russian Railways adds 12.5 bln rbls to seven-year Eurobond Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:50 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 10- Russian Railways continued its drive to raise 100 billion roubles of investment capital this year by adding 12.5 billion roubles to its outstanding seven-year Eurobond issue, one of the deal's arrangers told Reuters on Wednesday. Alongside VTB Capital, J.P. Morgan and Royal Bank of Scotland arranged both deals.

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct 10- Astronauts plucked a commercial cargo ship from orbit on Wednesday and attached it to the International Space Station, marking the reopening of a U.S. supply line to the orbital outpost following the space shuttles' retirement last year.

  • *Cbank now sees GDP shrinking 1.5 pct- vice governor. *Expects rebound with 3 percent growth in 2013. BELGRADE, Oct 10- Serbia's ailing economy will shrink faster than previously thought this year, weighed down by poor harvests caused by a long drought, the vice governor of its central bank said on Wednesday.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 10- Russia ran a budget surplus of 635.8 billion roubles, or 1.4 percent of gross domestic product, in the first nine months of the year, the Finance Ministry said on Wednesday, citing preliminary data. The figure is calculated on the basis of cash transferred to budget funds recipients.

  • *Russia and Iran will not give up on Assad for now. Posted on the Facebook page of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, it shows the first lady Asma, dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, accompanying her daughter and three sons on their first day back at school. Russia and Iran continue to back Damascus.

  • SpaceX cargo ship reaches International Space Station Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:07 AM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct 10- Astronauts aboard the International Space Station plucked a commercial cargo ship from orbit on Wednesday, a key maneuver in the first U.S. supply run to the orbital outpost since the retirement of the cargo-hauling space shuttles last year.

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