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*FTSE 100 index falls 0.7 percent. Analysts said the FTSE 100. The World Bank also said there was a risk the slowdown in the world's biggest metals consumer China could worsen, triggering a sharp sell-off in UK mining stocks.
PARIS, Oct 8- Britain, France and Germany pushed on with talks on Monday aiming to prevent a disagreement over state shareholdings wrecking a proposed merger of EADS and BAE Systems.
Shares in bus and rail firm FirstGroup fall 3 percent to 190 pence, extending last week's losses, as the market digests what the British government's U-turn on the West Coast rail franchise means for the company. Deutsche Bank estimates net cash outflow of 30 million pounds in 2013 for FirstGroup, on net debt of 2 billion.
*Terra Firma joins with China Development Bank- source. LONDON, Oct 8- Terra Firma, the private equity firm led by high-profile dealmaker Guy Hands, is planning a multi-billion dollar fund with a Chinese bank to invest in renewable energy, underscoring its faith in green power despite waning enthusiasm in some markets.
BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 8- Britain is considering the introduction of a "generous new tax regime" to encourage investment in its shale gas reserves, finance minister George Osborne said on Monday.
STOCKHOLM, Oct 8- Scientists from Britain and Japan shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine on Monday for the discovery that adult cells can be reprogrammed back into stem cells which can turn into any kind of tissue and may one day repair damaged organs.
BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 8- British finance minister George Osborne said on Monday it would be unrealistic to cut the size of government faster than planned in his flagship austerity programme. "There are those who say we're cutting too slow....
LONDON/ MADRID, Oct 8- Private equity groups Investindustrial and Trilantic Capital Partners have bought almost half of Spanish cable operator Euskaltel, the market leader in highspeed broadband in the industrialised Basque region.
LONDON, Oct 8- France's stake in the proposed EADS and BAE Group must be in the single digits if the deal is to go ahead, UK defence secretary Philip Hammond told BBC television on Monday. France has a 15 percent stake in EADS and under current arrangements could buy out industrial partner Lagardere, the French media firm which wants to sell its 7.5 percent stake.
*Pick stock with high earnings quality- JPMorgan. LONDON, Oct 8- European shares fell early on Monday as investors braced for a weak third-quarter earnings season and the prospect of a greater-than-expected economic slowdown in parts of Asia. Metro was joined by British recruiter Michael Page International.
The FTSE Small Cap index is 0.3 percent lower in midsession deals, faring better than the FTSE 100 and the FTSE 250 indexes, each down 0.7 percent.
PARIS, Oct 8- The outlook for the world's major economies including the United States and Germany has deteriorated slightly, although China may be stabilising after a recent slowdown, the OECD said on Monday.
LONDON, Oct 8- A man who claims to have defaced a major painting by Mark Rothko over the weekend in London said on Monday that Marcel Duchamp, the French artist most famous for his 1917 urinal that shocked the art establishment, would be "happy" at what he had done.
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*Oil dips below $112 as World Bank cuts Asian growth outlook. Several big companies, including FedEx and Hewlett-Packard, have issued profit warnings before the earnings season which starts on Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 8- Zynga Inc's inexorable decline over the past six months, capped by a sharp reduction in its 2012 outlook on Thursday, has sharpened interest in what Chief Executive Mark Pincus will do next. Zynga did launch several such games this year, including "The Ville" and "ChefVille," and is working on several more.
*World Bank says China economic slowdown could get worse. The World Bank on Monday cut its economic growth forecasts for East Asia and the Pacific region, home to two of the world's largest oil consumers, and said there was a risk the slowdown in China could be deeper and more prolonged than expected.
Morgan Stanley's Qatar head Khalid al-Subeai resigned last week to join the investment banking division of unlisted Barwa Bank, while Goldman's Qatar Chief Executive Tamim al-Kawari has joined investment bank QInvest, part-owned by Qatar Islamic Bank, as deputy CEO, according to several sources aware of the matter.
LONDON, Oct 8- The British Bankers' Association released the following London Interbank Offered Rates for dollars, euro and sterling at its daily fixing. The spread of three-month Libor rates over three-month OIS rates, calculated from Reuters' data, expresses the three-month premium paid over anticipated central bank rates, or Overnight Index Swap rates.
PARIS-- Europe's stock markets fell Monday on concern about the global economy ahead of a two-day meeting of its finance ministers and a cut in the World Bank's growth forecasts for Asia. Investors continue to worry over protests in Spain and IMF concerns over Greece.