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  • LONDON, Oct 11- Turkish stocks hit 17- month highs on Thursday, shrugging off an escalating conflict with Syria as data showed an improving current account picture while the Czech crown lost 0.3 percent after comments by the central bank governor.

  • PRESS DIGEST - RUSSIA - Oct 11 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 5:30 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 11- The following are some of the leading stories in Russia's newspapers on Thursday. -The paper runs an interview with Ivan Tavrin, chief executive officer of Russia's second-largest mobile phone operator MegaFon who says the company earned more than its competitors on data transfer services in the first half of 2012..

  • UPDATE 3-Oil pushes higher on Syria tension Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:58 AM ET

    *Turkey, Syria fighting stokes worries about Mideast supply. LONDON, Oct 11- Brent crude oil headed for its highest close in a month on Thursday, lifted by escalating tension between Syria and Turkey, maintenance in the North Sea and a supply crunch in oil products.

  • Turkmen Jan-Sept GDP rises 11.1 pct yr/yr - president Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:54 AM ET

    ASHGABAT, Oct 11- Turkmenistan's economy expanded by 11.1 percent in the first nine months of 2012, slowing from 14.6 percent in the same period a year ago, President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov was quoted as saying on Thursday. Turkmenistan's economic growth hinges on the development and exports of its natural gas riches.

  • Syrian minister accuses Turkey of piracy - TV Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:12 AM ET

    BEIRUT, Oct 11- Syria's transport minister accused Turkey on Thursday of "air piracy" after Turkish fighter planes forced down a Syrian passenger jet flying from Russia to Damascus, Lebanon's al-Manar Television reported. The channel quoted minister Mahoumd Said as saying the move amounted to "air piracy which contradicts civil aviation treaties."

  • *Plans to maintain second parallel listing in Athens* Says will maintain its operations in Greece. ATHENS, Oct 11- Coca Cola Hellenic, the world's second-largest bottler of Coca-Cola Co. soft drinks and Greece's biggest firm by market value, said on Thursday it would switch its main bourse listing to London, where it hopes to tap more liquidity from investors.

  • Russian stocks dip on risk retreat, oil supports rouble Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 3:45 AM ET

    *Russian stocks follow emerging markets down after Spain downgrade. MOSCOW, Oct 11- Russian stocks fell back on Thursday amid a general retreat from risk assets following a downgrade of Spain's rating and a poor start to the U.S. earnings season, though a firm oil price supported the rouble.

  • NORWAY GAS-Flows to Europe slip further Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 3:29 AM ET

    OSLO, Oct 11- Norwegian gas exports to Europe fell further on Thursday morning as output from Royal Dutch Shell's. Exports to Europe including Britain dropped by 11.3 million cubic metres to 226.5 mcm per day by 0600 GMT compared with the 237.8 mcm daily average on Wednesday, data from gas system operator Gassco showed.

  • Azeri oil output falls in Jan-Sept, gas increases Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 3:17 AM ET

    BAKU, Oct 11- Azerbaijan's oil and condensate output fell in the nine months to end-September, extending a 2011 drop, state energy company SOCAR said, after the government decided to slow output to prolong the life of reserves. Maintenance at some main fields contributed to the fall in oil output, while gas production rose from plentiful reserves.

  • Russia's Nord Gold Q3 revenue up 27 pct yr/yr Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:41 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 11- Nord Gold, Russia's third-largest gold producer, reported on Thursday a 27 percent year-on-year increase in third-quarter revenue to $322.5 million thanks to higher sales. Gold sales rose 29 percent, which was partially offset by a 2 percent fall in realised gold prices to $1,670 per troy ounce.

  • Russian markets - Factors to Watch on Oct 11 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:19 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 11- Here are events and news stories that could move Russian markets on Thursday. MOSCOW- Russian government to hold a meeting on the grain harvest. MOSCOW- Russia's top food retailer X5 Retail Group.

  • Turkey - Factors to Watch on Oct 11 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 1:11 AM ET

    The yield on Turkey's two-year benchmark bond. Turkey's main share index closed 0.56 percent up at 68,457 points, outperforming a 0.33 percent fall in the emerging markets index.

  • *Turkey, Syria fighting reinforces worry over Middle East supply. NEW YORK, Oct 11- Oil prices rose on Thursday as tensions between Syria and Turkey escalate and maintenance curbs on North Sea output continue.

  • Med Crude-Urals extends rally to over 10 days Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:18 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- Russian Urals crude extended its rally to over 10 days on Thursday as the market struggled with poor cargo availability amid healthy refining margins. In the Platts window, BP bid for a 22-26 cargo in the Baltic at dated Brent minus $1.25 a barrel, some 5 cents stronger than earlier in the week.

  • *Southerners: unity a failure, we can handle al Qaeda ourselves. Secessionists in the south, Houthi Islamist tribal rebels in the north and al Qaeda militants all benefited from the popular upheaval in the Arabian Peninsula country that ousted veteran strongman president Ali Abdullah Saleh in February.

  • Investing in Russia   Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:05 PM ET
    Investing in Russia

    Marcus Svedberg, Chief Economist, East Capital makes the case for investors to take a look at Russia. He says Russia's strengthening middle class will help boost the country's economic prospects.

  • 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
    Rare Whiskey Collections

    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.