Eastern Europe


  • NASA, Russia eye yearlong space station assignments Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 3:40 PM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct 4- NASA is considering doubling the amount of time an astronaut spends at the International Space Station to a year, laying the groundwork for future missions deeper into space, officials said Thursday. If approved, a mission likely would begin in 2015, said NASA spokesman Rob Navias.

  • The Public Theater unveils a sleek new NYC home Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:50 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- The Public Theater unveiled its four-year, $40 million face-lift on Monday with some Shakespeare, some hippies and some veteran stage stars including Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber and Mandy Patinkin.

  • INDICATORS - HUNGARY - Updated on Oct 4 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:44 PM ET

    BUDAPEST, Oct 4- Hungary's latest indicators. Base rate 6.50 pct 2- week deposit rate 6.50 pct. Q2 2012 Q1 2012 FY 2011 Q2 2011 Unadjusted -1.3 -0.7 1.6 1.0 Calendar-adjusted -1.1 -1.2 1.7 1.0 Seasonally and calendar-adjusted -0.2 -1.0 1.7 0.4.

  • DIARY - HUNGARY - to Oct 31 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:36 PM ET

    BUDAPEST, Oct 4- This diary is updated every weekday and new or modified listings are marked'*'. All times in the diary are in GMT, unless otherwise stated. DATE TIME INDICATOR PERIOD FORECAST PRIOR.

  • Ukraine's Interpipe launches $700 mln steel mill Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:25 PM ET

    DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine, Oct 4- Ukrainian pipe maker Interpipe will launch production from a $700 million steel mill by November that will fully meet its own steel needs and may even produce a surplus that the company will sell, Interpipe said on Thursday.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Russian Urals crude strengthened on Thursday as traders cited scarce remaining barrels from the October programme and increased refining runs in Russia and Europe. "I think the market will tighten for November-December as refiners come back on stream in Russia, so you would see less barrels for exports," a trader with a major said.

  • Oct 4- Fitch Ratings has affirmed the' BBB' investment grade debt ratings and Issuer Default Ratings of The Mosaic Company. Demand will be enhanced by the drought and heat damage to this season's crops, particularly in the U.S. but also in Russia and India.

  • *Turkey strikes on Syria raise regional security fears. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Oil prices jumped 2 percent Thursday as Turkey's retaliatory strikes on a Syria sparked more concern about potential disruptions to Middle East oil supply, while U.S. gasoline futures rallied after a fire at a refinery in Texas.

  • *Turkey strikes on Syria raise regional security fears. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Oil prices rose on Thursday as Turkey's retaliatory strikes on a Syria sparked additional concern about potential disruptions to Middle East oil supply, while U.S. gasoline futures rallied after a fire at a refinery in Texas.

  • Cyprus aims for 11.5 bln euro bailout package Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 11:06 AM ET

    NICOSIA, Cyprus-- Cyprus is aiming to get a bailout of about 11.5 billion from the other 16 countries that use the euro to recapitalize its troubled banks and pay its bills, officials said Thursday _ significantly less than what its potential rescuers estimate it needs.

  • PREVIEW-Russia central bank seen taking rate hike pause Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 10:15 AM ET

    *What: Russian central bank October policy meeting. By Jason Bush and Maya Dyakina. MOSCOW, Oct 4- Russia's central bank is expected to keep its key interest rates on hold at its monthly policy meeting on Friday, but most analysts expect it to resume hiking rates in the near future.

  • TNK-BP says halts Saratov refinery after fire Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 10:12 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 4- Russia's third-largest crude producer TNK-BP said on Thursday it has suspended oil processing at its Saratov refinery hit by fire. The cause of fire and damage are being investigated, " TNK-BP press service said citing the plant's director general Konstantin Gusarov.

  • BUDAPEST, Oct 4- Hungary's Economy Ministry has presented the government with a 1 trillion forint menu of tax rise options and spending cuts to reduce next year's budget deficit and avert the loss of European Union funds, news website origo.hu reported.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 4- Saratov oil refinery, owned by Anglo-Russian company TNK-BP, on Thursday suspended refined products output due to fire, Interfax news agency reported citing a local government official. A TNK-BP spokesman declined to comment.

  • Oct 4- Fitch Ratings has assigned Russian Standard Finance S.A.' s USD350m 10.75% five and a half year subordinated issue of limited recourse loan participation notes, due 10 April 2018, a final' B-' rating and Recovery Rating of' RR6'.

  • Oct 4- Rupert Murdoch conceded defeat this week in his battle with Google and the Internet, an adversary even more powerful than the British government. Coincidentally, News Corp, Murdoch's holding company, announced the departure of its chief digital officer, Jonathan Miller.

  • VIENNA, Oct 4- Europe is unlikely to benefit soon from a coming golden age of natural gas as unconventional sources will not transform supply of the fuel and oil-linked contracts will keep its prices high, the head of the International Energy Agency said.

  • Oct 04- Fitch Ratings has affirmed Orbis SA's National Long- term rating at' BBB+'.

  • Hungary slot-machine ban bucks regional trend Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:30 AM ET

    Whatever the case, Hungary's decision to ban the ubiquitous slot machines seen in pubs, bars and parlors across the country goes against a gambling boom seen elsewhere in Eastern Europe, even as economic times get tougher.

  • ATHENS, Oct 4- Sentiment on Greece's economy weakened slightly in September as a marked drop in consumer confidence offset improved prospects in industry and services, the country's leading economic institute said on Thursday.