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  • Russia's Sakhalin-2 sees flat oil output in 2012 Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:50 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 5- Russia's Pacific Sakhalin-2 project, in which Shell owns a 27.5 percent stake, expects no change to its oil production this year, a spokesman for the operator said on Friday, refuting media reports of a possible decline.

  • PRAGUE, Oct 5- Czech power group CEZ has disqualified Areva from a multibillion-dollar tender to expand the Temelin nuclear power plant because the French company failed to meet certain requirements for the project, CEZ said on Friday.

  • DUBLIN, Oct 5- Irish property developer Treasury Holdings is to be wound up, a Dublin court heard on Friday, making it one of the biggest and most high-profile casualties of a property crash that led the country into an EU/IMF bailout.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- South Africa's rand plunged 2 percent on Friday to just shy of a three-year low against the dollar as labour unrest swept the country, while Turkish assets stabilised after the previous day's sell-off caused by political concerns.

  • CEZ excludes Areva from Temelin tender Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 7:37 AM ET

    excluded France's Areva from its multi-billion dollar tender to expand the Temelin nuclear power plant after it failed to fulfil all requirements, CEZ said on Friday. The remaining two bidders are Toshiba unit Westinghouse and Russia's Atomstroyexport. Areva has the option to appeal, CEZ said.

  • *Shares in Shaft Sinkers fall more than 7 percent. MOSCOW, Oct 5- EuroChem, Russia's largest mineral fertilizer producer, said on Friday it had filed an $800 million compensation claim against Shaft Sinkers for delays to the building of a lift shaft at one of its potash projects.

  • Oct 05- A peaceful transfer of power following Georgia's parliamentary elections reflects positively on the country's institutions, Fitch Ratings says, but may be partly offset by an increase in policy uncertainty. The poll held 1 October was a test of Georgia's capacity to hold competitive elections.

  • By Jason Bush and Maya Dyakina. MOSCOW, Oct 5- Russia's central bank kept key interest rates unchanged at its monthly policy meeting on Friday, but future rate hikes remain likely given the bank's emphasis on inflationary risks. "The statement was relatively hawkish," said Clemens Grafe, chief Russia economist at Goldman Sachs.

  • DUBLIN, Oct 5- Irish property developer Treasury Holdings is to be wound up, a Dublin court heard on Friday, making it one of the biggest and most high-profile casualties of a property crash that led the country into an EU/IMF bailout.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 5- Russian potash miner Uralkali. said on Friday its potash production decreased to 2.6 million tonnes in the third quarter of 2012 from 2.8 million tonnes in the corresponding period of last year. During the first nine months of 2012, the company produced 7.4 million tonnes of potassium chloride, it added.

  • Russia EuroChem claims $800 mln from Shaft Sinkers Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 6:19 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 5- EuroChem, Russia's top mineral fertilizer producer, said on Friday it has filed a $800 million claim with international chambers of commerce against Shaft Sinkers for "failure to complete the construction of the cage shaft".

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.7 pct, MSCI global index up 0.3 pct. *U.S. stocks seen slightly higher, US payrolls data due 1230 GMT.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- South Africa's rand plunged 2 percent on Friday to just shy of a three-year low against the dollar as labour unrest swept the country, while Turkish assets stabilised after the previous day's sell-off caused by political concerns.

  • By Lidia Kelly and Vladimir Abramov. MOSCOW, Oct 5- After a volatile start on Friday, the Russian rouble steadied after the central bank kept interest rates unchanged, disappointing some market players who had hoped for a rate hike that would make carry trade operations more lucrative.

  • Sberbank net profit up 6 pct on loan growth Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:37 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 5- Sberbank on Friday posted a 6- percent increase in nine-month net profit, helped by a sharp lift in income from corporate and retail loans. Russia's top lender, publishing its first results since it floated a 7.6 percent stake for just over $5 billion last month,.

  • 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.