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  • LONDON, Oct 4- Turkish stocks fell 1.6 percent on Thursday and credit default swaps jumped after a sharp escalation in political risks caused by retaliatory military raids within the Syrian border. "Clearly a short-term risk for Turkey and Turkish assets," said Simon Quijano-Evans, chief EEMEA economist at ING. MSCI emerging stocks rose 0.3 percent.

  • WARSAW/ LONDON, Oct 4- Poland's goal of reducing its dependence on Russian gas took a step forward on Thursday after it secured the final investments to start construction of its first liquefied natural gas terminal, expected to start importing gas from Qatar in 2014..

  • PRESS DIGEST - RUSSIA - Oct 4 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 5:43 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 4- The following are some of the leading stories in Russia's newspapers on Thursday. -The daily runs an interview with Igor Krylov, the director general of Pharmstandard, Russia's top drugmaker, who says the company produced 700 million packages of medicines in 2011..

  • World food prices tick upward Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 5:34 AM ET

    ROME-- A U.N. agency says international food prices ticked upward in September after two months of stability. International wheat prices fell toward the second half of the month following Russia's announcement that it would not impose restrictions on exports.

  • UK shares turn lower on Greece, Mideast concerns Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 5:09 AM ET

    *FTSE 100 falls 0.2 pct, sheds early gains. LONDON, Oct 4- UK shares turned lower on Thursday, hit by concerns over bailout talks in Greece and tensions in the Middle East, ahead of central bank meetings in Britain and Europe that are unlikely to generate new stimulus moves. By 0836 GMT, the UK's FTSE 100.

  • Evraz to gain control in a major Russian coal mine Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:57 AM ET

    MOSCOW-- Steelmaker Evraz is to gain control of one of Russia's largest coal mines after acquiring a half stake in Cyprus- based investment vehicle Corber Enterprises for an undisclosed sum.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Poland's goal of reducing dependence on Russian gas took a step forward on Thursday after it secured the final investments to start construction of its first liquefied natural gas terminal.

  • Poland's LNG terminal secures final EBRD loan Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:27 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 4- Poland's goal of reducing dependence on Russian gas took a step forward on Thursday after it secured the final investments to start construction of its first liquefied natural gas terminal.

  • Raspadskaya shares outperform Russian equities, rouble Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:06 AM ET

    rose on Thursday, bucking falls on local stock markets on news that the country's largest steel maker Evraz. Evraz, which had owned about 40 percent of Raspadskaya indirectly up to this point, fell however 3.4 percent in London, surprising some analysts.

  • BUDAPEST, Oct 4- The zloty held gains in early Thursday trade after Poland kept interest rates unchanged in the previous session, going against market expectations for a cut, while stock markets across central Europe inched higher.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 4- Evraz, Russia's largest steelmaker, is to take a majority stake in coal miner Raspadskaya in an $800 million cash and share deal designed to give it more control over the supply of coking coal, a key ingredient in steelmaking.

  • NORWAY GAS-Flows to Europe steady Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 3:47 AM ET

    OSLO, Oct 4- Norwegian gas exports to Europe remained broadly stable on Thursday morning, data from Norway's gas system operator Gassco showed. Exports to Europe including Britain totalled 290 million cubic metres per day at 0615 GMT compared to 289.7 mcm daily average on Wednesday.

  • Russian steelmaker Evraz falls on Raspadskaya deal Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 3:43 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 4- London- listed shares in Russia's Evraz fell more than 4 percent in early trade on Thursday after the steelmaker announced a plan to increase its share in coal miner Raspadskaya to an indirect 82 percent holding.

  • Russian Standard Bank places $350 mln bonds-source Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 3:25 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 4- Russian Standard Bank, a leader in Russian consumer lending, has placed subordinated bonds worth $350 million with a yield of 10.75 percent and a term of 5.5 years, a banking source told Reuters on Thursday. The deal was organised was Goldman Sachs, UBS and VTB Capital.

  • BAKU, Oct 4- BP-Azerbajan said on Thursday the gas flows from Azeri Shah Deniz fields to Turkey were halted last night due to an "an incident" after reports of a pipeline blast. She declined to say whether a blast in Turkey caused the gas flows stoppage. Earlier on Thursday Turkish energy officials said the gas supplies were stopped due to an explosion in Turkey.

  • Czech Republic - Factors To Watch on Oct 4 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 2:38 AM ET

    PRAGUE, Oct 4- Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Thursday. PRAGUE- Czech central bank governing board to hold a regular weekly meeting. PRAGUE- Car Importers' Association to hold a news conference on third quarter passenger car registrations.

  • UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 4 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 2:35 AM ET

    *Britain's FTSE 100 is set to open 12 to 17 points higher, or as much as 0.3 percent, according to financial bookmakers. FTSE index closed up 0.3 percent, or 16.36 points higher, at 5,825.81 points on Wednesday driven by gains in "defensive" stocks seen as the most resilient to an economic downturn.

  • Russian markets - Factors to Watch on Oct 4 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 2:28 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 4- Here are events and news stories that could move Russian markets on Thursday. MOSCOW- "Russia Calling" investment conference held by VTB Capital. MOSCOW- Briefing by Alexey Simanovsky, First Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 4- Evraz, Russia's largest steelmaker, agreed to increase its stake in the Russian coal miner Raspadskaya by half to 82 percent, the company said on Thursday.

  • Slovakia - Factors To Watch on Oct 4 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:59 AM ET

    BRATISLAVA, Oct 4- Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Slovak financial markets on Thursday. Slovakia's rising debt will likely force it to drop tentative plans to tap international markets once more this year due to its debt brake law, the finance ministry said on Wednesday.