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  • MOSCOW, Oct 9- Russia's top crude producer Rosneft said on Tuesday its powerful chief executive Igor Sechin met the co-owners of international oil trading house Gunvor to discuss trading issues, amid reports of a rift between Sechin and Gunvor's co-owner Gennady Timchenko.

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel flies into the heart of Europe's debt crisis on Tuesday, facing protests by angry Greeks to bring a message of support to a near-bankrupt nation fighting to stay in the euro.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- BP's billionaire partners in TNK-BP, Russia's third-biggest oil producer, said they could sell or list their 50 percent stake in the business, plunging the venture's plans into further confusion, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

  • Euro zone crisis dents growth in CIS region-IMF Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 5:30 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 9- Growth in the Commonwealth of Independent States will be lower in 2012 than previously forecast due to the impact of crisis-ridden Europe and a dip in commodity prices, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.

  • Seaplanes to hop past Indonesia's lack of airports Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 5:00 PM ET

    MOYO ISLAND, Indonesia, Oct 9- The seaplane taxiing over a coral reef to deliver tourists to a remote luxury resort may soon become a more familiar sight in Indonesia, an archipelago of 17,000 islands and only 183 airports.

  • CORRECTED-Med Crude-Urals stable in Baltic Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:17 PM ET

    Russia's Saratov oil refinery, owned by Anglo-Russian crude producer TNK-BP. ,has resumed production after it caught fire last week, TNK-BP said on Monday. Iraqi Kurdistan's leading oil producer, Genel Energy, said it would keep crude exports flowing after the Kurdistan Regional Government finally received an initial payment from Baghdad.

  • Snipers, Commandos to Welcome Merkel in Greece Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:22 PM ET
    Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against the visit to Greece by Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel October 9, 2012 in Athens, Germany.

    Debt-swamped Greece braced for two days of strikes, protests and potential violence as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, long demonized for her tough-talking, austerity-minded approach to Europe’s deepening woes, prepared to visit the epicenter of the crisis, three years since it began here.

  • TEXT-Fitch affirms OAO Raspadskaya ratings Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 11:35 AM ET

    Currently Russia's largest steel producer Evraz Group SA and Raspadskaya's management jointly own Corber Enterprises Ltd, the owner of an 82% stake in Raspadskaya, on a parity basis. As a result of the ownership change, Evraz plc, the parent of Evraz Group SA, will obtain Raspadskaya's management's stake in Corber Enterprises.

  • AKTAU, Kazakhstan, Oct 8- An outspoken critic of Kazakhstan's veteran president was jailed for seven-and-a-half years on Monday for colluding with a fugitive billionaire in a failed attempt to rally oil workers to bring down the government.

  • Gazprom expands Nord Stream without gas supply rise Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 10:55 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 8- Gazprom on Monday launched the second line of the Nord Stream pipeline which brings Russian gas to Germany via the bed of the Baltic Sea, but actual gas volumes remained unchanged due to lack of sufficient growth in demand.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 8- Russian stocks fell on Monday, hurt by downgraded growth forecasts for Russia and Asia, while the rouble weakened on lower commodity prices. concerns that China's slowdown could worsen, while the World Bank cut its growth forecasts for the East Asia and Pacific region.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 8- Russia's gas export monopoly Gazprom said it increased daily gas supplies to Turkey by 60 percent to 48 million cubic metres on Monday after an explosion damaged a pipeline carrying Iranian gas. The company said it increased gas supplies through the Blue Stream underwater pipeline following Turkey's request.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 8- MegaFon, Russia's second-largest mobile phone operator, will start pre-marketing for its London initial public offering on Tuesday, several financial market sources said.

  • LONDON, Oct 8- Britain is in danger of suffering a long-term loss of liquefied natural gas supply as top exporter Qatar sends only left-over short-term deliveries to the UK while more and more of its LNG goes to higher paying Asian customers. Analysts and British energy companies say the strategy rewards Qatar but puts Britain at a significant disadvantage.

  • Moscow rally held to remember reporter's murder Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:28 AM ET

    MOSCOW-- Around 200 people held a rally Sunday in Moscow to mark the sixth anniversary of the unsolved murder of crusading reporter Anna Politkovskaya. Participants held up candles and pictures of the journalist and spoke in remembrance of Politkovskaya, a sharp critic of Kremlin policies in Chechnya, who was shot inside her Moscow apartment building in 2006..

  • *Austria, OMV say no talk of MOL exit from Nabucco. VIENNA, Oct 8- The partners in Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz II gas field are in talks to take a stake in the Nabucco consortium that is competing to build the first pipeline to deliver Azeri gas to Europe, Austria's economy and energy minister said on Monday.

  • MegaFon to start pre-marketing IPO Tuesday-sources Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:20 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 8- MegaFon, Russia's second-largest mobile phone operator, will start pre-marketing its London initial public offering on Tuesday, several financial market sources said on Monday. A separate source said a statement was expected to announce the IPO in the coming days.

  • AKTAU, Kazakhstan, Oct 8- An outspoken critic of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev was jailed for seven-and-a-half years on Monday for his part in a failed attempt to overthrow the government of the oil-producing Central Asian state.

  • *Petronet may join GAIL if it gets Repsol's LNG assets. NEW DELHI, Oct 8- India's Petronet LNG has allowed gas firm GAIL to use annually 2.5 million tonnes capacity at Petronet's liquefied natural gas plant at Dahej in western India for importing the fuel, its chief executive A. K. Balyan said on Monday.

  • PARIS, Oct 8- The outlook for the world's major economies including the United States and Germany has deteriorated slightly, although China may be stabilising after a recent slowdown, the OECD said on Monday.

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