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  • Taiwan end September forex reserves tick up Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:17 AM ET

    TAIPEI, Oct 5- Taiwan's foreign exchange reserves rose to $397.95 billion at the end of September, the central bank said on Friday, citing the appreciation of the euro and other currencies against the U.S. dollar and higher returns from the management of forex reserves. Taiwan's reserves are the world's fourth-largest after China, Japan and Russia.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 5- VTB, Russia's No.2 lender, raised $1.5 billion in a 10- year Eurobond issue, pricing the deal at 6.95 percent yield, a banking source told Reuters on Friday. VTB, which aims to use proceeds to support its Tier 2 capital ratio, was initially guiding at an yield of around 7.25 percent, narrowing it later on Thursday. ï¿ ½.

  • UPDATE 1-Russia cbank leaves key rates unchanged Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:00 AM ET

    *One-day fixed repo rate left at 6.50 pct. *Refi rate left at 8.25 pct. MOSCOW, Oct 5- Russia's central bank kept key interest rates unchanged at its monthly policy meeting on Friday, indicating that inflationary risks remain and playing down signs of an economic slowdown.

  • Russia cbank leaves key rates unchanged Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 3:31 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 5- Russia's central bank kept key interest rates unchanged at its monthly policy meeting on Friday, after hiking rates across the board by 0.25 percent last month.

  • NORWAY GAS-Flows to Europe rise as Kollsnes returns Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 3:31 AM ET

    OSLO, Oct 5- Norwegian gas exports to Europe rose on Friday morning as key gas processing plant restarted after a power supply glitch shut it on Thursday. Exports to Europe including Britain rose by 47.8 million cubic metres to 287.4 mcm per day by 0715 GMT compared to 239.6 mcm daily average on Thursday.

  • Rouble cautious ahead of rate decision, stocks gain Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 3:23 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 5- The Russian rouble was little changed at Friday's opening, with investors unwilling to make strong moves ahead of the central bank's rate decision due later in the day. There was a small rebound in Moscow stocks, supported by relatively strong commodity prices and slight optimism from global investors.

  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 5- ALFA LAVAL:. *Wins SEK 70 million energy-efficiency order in Russia. *says order is for compact heat exchangers for a refinery in Russia booked in late September and with delivery scheduled for 2013.

  • Russian markets - Factors to Watch on Oct 5 Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:32 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 5- Here are events and news stories that could move Russian markets on Friday. MOSCOW- Russia's Central Bank monthly monetary policy meeting;. MOSCOW- IFAD and Russia's agriculture ministry briefing in Moscow;.

  • UN chief says sanctions on Iran affecting its people Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:42 AM ET

    *Iran currency plummets, sanctions seen as partial cause. *Western envoys: Iran not serious about negotiations.

  • UPDATE 1-Russia's Alfa increases stake in Vimpelcom Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:14 AM ET

    *Alfa and Telenor in long-running spat over Vimpelcom. MOSCOW, Oct 5- Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman's Alfa Group has increased its voting stake in emerging markets telecoms operator Vimpelcom to 41.85 percent, bringing it closer to the 43 percent owned by Norwegian telecoms group Telenor.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Russia is considering allowing Western companies to own oil licences in its Arctic waters, Energy Minister Alexander Novak was quoted as saying in Friday's Financial Times. Earlier this month, state-owned oil giant Gazprom OAO. The Arctic is seen as a key source of oil in the next decade for Russia, the world's largest producer.

  • PRESS DIGEST - Financial Times - Oct 5 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 7:30 PM ET

    Financial Times Headlines JOHNSON SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER AIRPORTS- MORGAN STANLEY CHIEF WARNS ON WALL ST PAY- GOOGLE EBOOK WIN LITTLE THREAT TO AMAZON- RUSSIA MOOTS ARCTIC OIL LICENCES FOR WEST- BAE TIE-UP BAD FOR UK, WARNS DARLING- BARCLAYS ALTERS INVESTMENT BANKING SHAPE- REDROW'S CHAIRMAN RAISES BID FOR GROUP- ECB KEEPS INTEREST RATES UNCHANGED- FACEBOOK EXPANDS TO 1 BLN USERS- Overview JOHNSON SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER AIRPORTS.

  • *Rogers says Iran developing worrying cyber espionage capabilities. WASHINGTON, Oct 4- The head of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said on Thursday that significant new cyber threats to U.S. financial networks appeared to be emerging from an "unusual" source.

  • By Tom Bill and Chris Vellacott. LONDON, Oct 5- The love affair between the global super-rich and London property is souring as UK politicians tap into a mood of public resentment of the wealthy, with tax increases and rhetoric playing up their own humble origins.

  • *Middle East tensions, Turkey strikes at Syria lift oil. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Oil prices jumped 4 percent on T hursday as inflamed Middle East tensions stoked supply fears and U.S. gasoline futures rallied following a fire at the largest operating refinery in the United States.

  • SpaceX encore: 2nd private space station shipment Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:47 PM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.-- A private company is headed back to the International Space Station. Forecasters said Thursday there's a 60 percent chance of favorable conditions for the 8:35 p.m. launch from Cape Canaveral. This is the California company's first official launch under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA.

  • *Middle East tensions, Turkey strikes at Syria lift oil. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Oil prices jumped 4 percent on T hursday as inflamed Middle East tensions stoked supply fears and U.S. gasoline futures rallied following a fire at the largest operating refinery in the United States.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- One of today's major debates is how big government should be. Diana Farrell, an economist who recently returned to the consulting firm McKinsey after a two-year stint in the White House, thinks smart pragmatists should seize this common ground.

  • NASA, Russia eye yearlong space station assignments Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 3:40 PM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct 4- NASA is considering doubling the amount of time an astronaut spends at the International Space Station to a year, laying the groundwork for future missions deeper into space, officials said Thursday. If approved, a mission likely would begin in 2015, said NASA spokesman Rob Navias.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Russian Urals crude strengthened on Thursday as traders cited scarce remaining barrels from the October programme and increased refining runs in Russia and Europe. "I think the market will tighten for November-December as refiners come back on stream in Russia, so you would see less barrels for exports," a trader with a major said.