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*World Bank says China economic slowdown could get worse. LONDON, Oct 8- Brent crude oil fell below $111 per barrel on Monday on concerns slower economic growth would curb oil demand, but supply worries stemming from tension in the Middle East helped check losses.
By John Geddie and Christopher Whittall. LONDON, Oct 8- As the world's largest public issuers gather behind closed doors at the IMF/World Bank Annual Meeting this week, a once arcane topic will now figure at the top of the agenda: posting collateral to swap counterparties. Bankers would pay good money to be flies on the wall for this conversation.
*Contract involved purchases of vehicles from Austria. High State Attorney Lucie Bradacova said police have charged Marek Dalik, an adviser to Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek during his term in 2006-2009, with fraud in relation to the government's purchase of 107 Pandur armed personnel carriers from Austria in 2009 for 14.4 billion crowns.
HONG KONG, Oct 8- Hong Kong shares are set to extend a five-session gaining streak on Monday helped by a higher open in Chinese markets that resume trading after a week-long holiday.
ZURICH, Oct 7- Investors are preparing a takeover offer for loss-making Swiss clothing chain Charles Voegele, a newspaper reported on Sunday. The interested part was a retailer from Southern Europe with international ambitions, Der Sonntag said, citing sources close to investors.
*CEZ says Areva fails to meet requirements. PRAGUE, Oct 5- Czech power group CEZ threw out Areva's bid for a multibillion-dollar contract to expand the Temelin nuclear power plant, leaving U.S. and Russian firms to contest the country's biggest-ever energy deal.
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VIENNA, Oct 5- Uncertainty over a controversial merger is expected to delay an auction for Austria's fourth-generation telecoms frequencies until next September, potentially leaving the pioneer in mobile technology among the last European countries to have faster networks.
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.
VIENNA, Oct 5- Statistics Austria reported the following economic indicator on Friday: AUSTRIAN TRADE Jul 12* Jun 12** Jul 11** Merchandise trade balance -799.3 -703.3 -773.7 Exports 10,547.5 10,296.6 10,037.7 Imports 11,346.7 10,999.9 10,811.3* preliminary figures** revised figures.
VIENNA, Oct 5- Austrian energy group OMV. OMV and its joint venture partners, Italy's Eni and U.S. power company PPL, will invest 107 million euros to drill and complete new wells and build a new pipeline to connect Latif with its Sawan processing plant.
*Commission cannot force states to apply recommendations. BRUSSELS, Oct 4- Regulators and operators should act now to improve safety at nuclear power plants, the EU energy commissioner said on Thursday, following inspections across the European Union.
*Spot prices mixed with Germany's down on more green power. FRANKFURT, Oct 4- Prices along Europe's power forward curve recovered on Thursday, led by oil's rise on Middle East concerns, which spilled over into related fuels, traders said. Germany's annual baseload contract for 2013.
VIENNA, Oct 4- Europe is unlikely to benefit soon from a coming golden age of natural gas as unconventional sources will not transform supply of the fuel and oil-linked contracts will keep its prices high, the head of the International Energy Agency said.
Whatever the case, Hungary's decision to ban the ubiquitous slot machines seen in pubs, bars and parlors across the country goes against a gambling boom seen elsewhere in Eastern Europe, even as economic times get tougher.
VIENNA, Oct 4- The fabled Viennese fondness for fine funerals and "a schoene Leich"- a beautiful corpse- is about to get a modern twist. The first QR codes will start appearing on graves in Austria within weeks, said Joerg Bauer, project leader for Austrian bereavement company Aspetos, who has been working on the QR project for five years.
BRDO PRI KRANJU, Slovenia, Oct 4- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi will keep his bond-buying bazooka on display when the bank meets on Thursday, but Spain's reluctance to request aid from EU partners means he is unlikely to pull the trigger soon.
BRDO PRI KRANJU, Slovenia, Oct 4- The European Central Bank is expected to hold interest rates when it meets on Thursday to allow time for new details to emerge on the health of the euro zone economy and for Spain to ask for aid.
BRDO PRI KRANJU, Slovenia, Oct 4- The European Central Bank is expected to hold interest rates when it meets on Thursday to allow time for new details on the health of the euro zone economy and for Spain to ask for aid.