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  • DIARY - Slovakia - to October 16, 2012 Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:39 AM ET

    BRATISLAVA- The legal deadline for the government to submit the 2013 state budget draft to the parliament. BRATISLAVA- The finance ministry's Debt and Liquidity Management Agency to auction 4.35 percent coupon state bonds due Oct. 2025.

  • --We are assigning our' BBB-' issue rating to Prologis European Properties Fund II FCP' s proposed $300 million senior unsecured notes to be issued through its financing vehicle Prologis International Funding II S.A..

  • MOSCOW, Oct 12- TNK-BP will appoint its former head of power and gas to run the upstream division after the departure of Alexander Dodds, two sources close to the Anglo-Russian oil venture said on Friday.

  • UPDATE 1-Russian shares hurt by growth worries, IPOs Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:57 AM ET

    By Maya Dyakina and Zlata Garasyuta. MOSCOW, Oct 12- Russian stocks ended the week in the red with miners pressured by concerns over the global economic outlook and as investors stocked up with cash ahead of public share offerings. Metal and mining companies were in the firing line, with Novolipetsk Steel.

  • is looking for Chinese partners to build a smelter in Siberia with a design capacity of 800,000 tonnes per year.

  • Iraq to buy Czech military planes for $1 billion Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    PRAGUE-- Iraq has agreed to buy 28 Czech-made military airplanes in a deal worth $1 billion (775 million), part of a broader effort by Baghdad to rebuild military capabilities destroyed during the U.S.-led invasion of the country, officials said Friday. Iraq only has a few planes and is unable to defend its air space.

  • TEXT-S&P Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:18 AM ET

    --U.S. river cruise operator Viking Cruises Ltd. plans to issue $250 million in senior notes. On Oct. 9, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services assigned Woodland Hills, Calif.- based river cruise operator Viking Cruises Ltd. its' B+' corporate credit rating.

  • UPDATE 6-Oil falls to $115 on weaker demand forecast Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:11 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Oil fell towards $115 a barrel on Friday, as a prediction of a further decline in oil consumption and higher supplies offset concerns about potential output disruptions in the Middle East.

  • Oct 12- IDGC of Center and Volga Region, Russia:.

  • Power for Monday was traded at 51.20 euros per megawatt-hour on the over-the-counter market, compared to 45.40 euros on the prior day. Hungary's spot fell to 44.16 euros from 46.54 euros.

  • 3 Russians injured in attack on Moscow gay club Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 9:44 AM ET

    Russia has no legislation specifically defining hate crimes against any group, and three cities, including St. Petersburg, have recently passed laws laws imposing fines of up to $150,000 for providing minors with information on homosexuality, which the laws term "homosexual propaganda."

  • MOSCOW, Oct 12- Russian private healthcare company MD Medical Group's London share listing made a smooth start on Friday, with the global depositary receipts trading at a 2 percent premium to their issue price of $12.

  • FACT CHECK: Slips in vice presidential debate Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 9:35 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Anyone who paid attention to a hearing in Congress this week knew that the administration had been implored to beef up security at the U.S. Consulate in Libya before the deadly terrorist attack there. But in the vice presidential debate Thursday night, Joe Biden seemed unaware.

  • RUSAL mull JV with China to build smelter in Siberia Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 9:30 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 12- Russia's aluminium giant RUSAL. said on Friday it mulls a tie-up with unnamed Chinese partners to build an aluminium smelter in Siberia. The statement did not say when the smelter could be built.

  • KIEV, Oct 12- Ukraine's foreign trade deficit widened to $10.100 billion in January-August from $8.168 billion in the same period of 2011, the State Statistics Service said on Friday.

  • *Further progress expected after IMF meetings in Tokyo. BUDAPEST, Oct 12- Hungary is "not far" from a financial backstop agreement with the IMF, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday, sending the volatile forint to a one-month high against the euro.

  • Tusk said he would find billions of euros for investment in energy and other infrastructure projects, while at the same time keeping a tight rein on government borrowing in Poland, eastern Europe's largest economy. Poland has been a rare bright spot in Europe over the past few years, managing to sustain robust growth even while its neighbours slumped.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky will pay 35 million pounds towards the legal fees of Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich after failing in a $6 billion London court battle with his former protege, lawyers said.

  • Despite debt crisis, EU wins Nobel Peace Prize Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:39 AM ET

    OSLO, Norway-- For fostering peace on a continent ravaged by war, the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

  • Man headed to prison in NYC Torah fraud case Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:33 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- A Jewish charity co-founder who billed himself as a "Jewish Indiana Jones" bent on rescuing vintage Torahs across the globe was sentenced to more than four years in prison on Thursday for conning donors out of about $1 million. Menachem Youlus told a judge in federal court in Manhattan that he was ashamed of his scam, but still hoped for leniency.