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  • PRAGUE, Oct 11- The Czech central bank is ready to intervene to weaken the crown currency if it feels there is a risk of long-term deflation pressures, Governor Miroslav Singer was quoted as saying on Monday. But the bank is not currently discussing details about any such intervention, he said in an interview with daily Hospodarske Noviny.

  • UPDATE 1-Romania - Factors to watch on Oct 11 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:28 AM ET

    Romania's finance ministry tenders 250 million lei in three-year treasury bonds. ROMANIA INFLATION QUICKENS TO 5.3 PCT Y/Y IN SEPT. IMPREGILO CEO INVESTIGATED OVER ROMANIA BID- SOURCES.

  • 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.

  • Poland - Factors to Watch on Oct 11 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:03 AM ET

    Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch, which may affect Poland's financial markets on Thursday. Prime Minister Donald Tusk might surprise the public opinion in his Friday policy speech by announcing measures aimed at propping up investment, the PM's aide Jan Krzysztof Bielecki told broadcaster Polskie Radio.

  • INDICATORS - Slovakia - Oct 11 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 1:40 AM ET

    SLOVAK EU-NORM INFLATION AUG 12 JULY 12 AUG 11. SLOVAK HEADLINE CPI AUG 12 JULY 12 AUG 11. *INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT AUG 12 JULY 12 AUG 11.

  • 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.

  • PRESS DIGEST - Bulgaria - Oct 11 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 1:10 AM ET

    SOFIA, Oct 11- These are some of the main stories in Bulgarian newspapers on Thursday. -Bulgaria and the United States signed a deal aimed at improving the exchange of data needed to tackle organised crime. -The government opened a tender to give on concession an offshore field in the Black Sea for gas and oil exploration.

  • *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.

  • Sweden offers Croatia Gripen fighters Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:45 AM ET

    ZAGREB, Croatia-- Sweden has offered eight Saab Gripen fighters to Croatia to replace its aging fleet of Soviet-made MiG-21 combat aircraft, Croatia's defense ministry said Thursday. NATO- member Croatia has six MiG-21s in its air force.

  • 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.

  • Italy - Factors to watch on Oct 11 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    Moody's has Spain on review for a possible downgrade. Italy's government expects to raise at least 1 billion euros from the financial transaction Rome aims to introduce starting from the beginning of next year, daily Il Corriere della Sera said on Thursday.

  • *Turkey warns Syria about cross-border shelling. Oil markets, which have been balancing concerns of lower global fuel demand against the risk of supply disruptions in the Middle East and loading delays of crude from the North Sea, also.

  • 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.

  • *Turkey warns Syria about cross-border shelling. Oil markets, which have been balancing concerns of lower global fuel demand against the risk of supply disruptions in the Middle East and loading delays of crude from the North Sea, also.

  • 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.

  • *Turkey warns Syria about cross-border shelling. Oil markets, which have been balancing concerns of lower global fuel demand against the risk of supply disruptions in the Middle East and loading delays in crude from the North Sea, were also closely watching forecasts from the U.S. government and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

  • Impregilo CEO investigated over Romania bid -sources Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:26 PM ET

    MILAN, Oct 10- Impregilo's Chief Executive Pietro Salini is being investigated in connection with a probe into a motorway tender in Romania, judicial sources said on Wednesday.

  • 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.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 10- British singer Sarah Brightman said on Wednesday she had bought a seat to fly on a Russian spaceship, describing it as a chance to live out a childhood desire "beyond her wildest dreams".