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  • *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".

  • *Turkey warns Syria about cross-border shelling. NEW YORK, Oct 10- Brent crude prices edged up on Wednesday in volatile trading, as concerns about the security of Middle East supplies amid escalating tensions over Syria helped offset fears that slowing economic growth will curb demand for petroleum.

  • LBJ biography, Mideast memoir among book award finalists Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 10- Books about war-torn Iraq and post-World War II Eastern Europe, Lyndon Johnson and Mumbai were among 20 finalists announced on Wednesday for the annual National Book Awards, among the most prestigious in U.S. publishing.

  • Russia's EuroSibEnergo puts IPO plans on hold Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:17 PM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 10- Russian electricity firm EuroSibEnergo, owned by tycoon Oleg Deripaska, will put off plans for an initial public offering in 2013 to focus on a deal with hydroelectric power giant RusHydro, its head said on Wednesday.

  • Med Crude-Urals stable, further strength seen Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:51 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 10- Russian Urals crude was stable on Wednesday with traders anticipating a further price spike in the next few days due to poor cargo availability and good demand from refiners. He predicted that activity would remain thin until Russia publishes early loading programmes for November within the next 5-10 days.

  • By Karolina Slowikowska and Sandor Peto. WARSAW/ BUDAPEST, Oct 10- Hungarian and Polish government bonds firmed on Wednesday as central bankers indicated further interest rate cuts to help their economies hit by Europe's economic slowdown.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 10- Russian shares fell on Wednesday, underperforming emerging market peers, while the rouble was stronger, supported by higher oil prices and an auction for rouble-denominated treasury bonds. "There are almost no new money inflows," said Vadim Feldblyum, a senior client manager at BCS.

  • Iraq officially retreats from ambitious oil plans Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:28 AM ET

    BAGHDAD-- Iraq officially stepped back on Wednesday from its ambitious plans to more than triple its oil production by 2017, but it remains more optimistic than the world's leading global energy monitor about how fast and how high it can boost output.

  • TEXT-Fitch affirms Ukraine-based MHP SA at 'B' Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:26 AM ET

    Oct 10- Fitch Ratings has affirmed Ukraine- based poultry and agricultural producer MHP S.A.' s Long-term foreign currency Issuer Default Rating at' B' with a Stable Outlook. The rating is capped by Ukraine's Country Ceiling of' B'.

  • Romney's Bain advisers aided China, Russia growth Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- As Bain& Co. head in the early 1990 s, Mitt Romney presided over the corporate strategy firm's expanding operations into China and Russia, helping their initial attempts to move into the world's free market system. In his campaign, China and Russia are prime targets for criticism.

  • UPDATE 1-Belarus cbank to halt rate cuts as rouble wobbles Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:15 AM ET

    MINSK, Oct 10- The Belarus central bank, which has cut its benchmark interest rate at least once a month so far this year, will not do so again this month in order to prevent a run on the rouble, its head Nadezhda Yermakova said on Wednesday.