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*Turkey, Syria fighting stokes worries about Mideast supply. LONDON, Oct 11- Brent crude oil headed for its highest close in a month on Thursday, lifted by escalating tension between Syria and Turkey, maintenance in the North Sea and a supply crunch in oil products.
ASHGABAT, Oct 11- Turkmenistan's economy expanded by 11.1 percent in the first nine months of 2012, slowing from 14.6 percent in the same period a year ago, President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov was quoted as saying on Thursday. Turkmenistan's economic growth hinges on the development and exports of its natural gas riches.
LONDON, Oct 11- The European Central Bank's pledge to buy the bonds of troubled euro zone members flooded a wave of relief across the bloc but investors are now waiting for action to match the words.
BEIRUT, Oct 11- Syria's transport minister accused Turkey on Thursday of "air piracy" after Turkish fighter planes forced down a Syrian passenger jet flying from Russia to Damascus, Lebanon's al-Manar Television reported. The channel quoted minister Mahoumd Said as saying the move amounted to "air piracy which contradicts civil aviation treaties."
*Plans to maintain second parallel listing in Athens* Says will maintain its operations in Greece. ATHENS, Oct 11- Coca Cola Hellenic, the world's second-largest bottler of Coca-Cola Co. soft drinks and Greece's biggest firm by market value, said on Thursday it would switch its main bourse listing to London, where it hopes to tap more liquidity from investors.
*Russian stocks follow emerging markets down after Spain downgrade. MOSCOW, Oct 11- Russian stocks fell back on Thursday amid a general retreat from risk assets following a downgrade of Spain's rating and a poor start to the U.S. earnings season, though a firm oil price supported the rouble.
OSLO, Oct 11- Norwegian gas exports to Europe fell further on Thursday morning as output from Royal Dutch Shell's. Exports to Europe including Britain dropped by 11.3 million cubic metres to 226.5 mcm per day by 0600 GMT compared with the 237.8 mcm daily average on Wednesday, data from gas system operator Gassco showed.
*Deflation pressures decisive for potential interventions. 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.
BAKU, Oct 11- Azerbaijan's oil and condensate output fell in the nine months to end-September, extending a 2011 drop, state energy company SOCAR said, after the government decided to slow output to prolong the life of reserves. Maintenance at some main fields contributed to the fall in oil output, while gas production rose from plentiful reserves.
PRAGUE, Oct 11- Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Thursday. PRAGUE- Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas to meet his Iraq counterpart Nuri al-Maliki. PRAGUE- Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg to meet his Iraq counterpart Hoshyar Zebari.
MOSCOW, Oct 11- Nord Gold, Russia's third-largest gold producer, reported on Thursday a 27 percent year-on-year increase in third-quarter revenue to $322.5 million thanks to higher sales. Gold sales rose 29 percent, which was partially offset by a 2 percent fall in realised gold prices to $1,670 per troy ounce.
Slovakia's centre-left government drew up a deficit-cutting 2013 state budget bill on Wednesday, primarily raising taxes to help it weather the euro zone debt crisis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.