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  • *France, Germany and Britain battling over state role in group. BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7- The proposed $45 billion merger between EADS and BAE Systems must ensure British security and jobs are preserved, finance minister George Osborne said on Sunday, just three days before a deadline for detailing the deal.

  • LONDON, Oct 7- Britain will veto the proposed $45 billion merger between EADS and BAE Systems if its "red line" conditions are not met, British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday. He told BBC radio the merged aerospace-defence group could not be controlled by any one government.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7- The proposed $45 billion merger between EADS and BAE Systems must ensure British security and jobs are preserved, finance minister George Osborne said on Sunday, just three days before a deadline for detailing the deal.

  • *UK faces choice of deeper cuts or longer austerity. By Guy Faulconbridge and Matt Falloon.

  • PRESS DIGEST - Sunday British business - Oct 7 Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 8:15 AM ET

    Sunday Times GERMAN THREAT TO BLOCK BAE DEAL Germany has threatened to scupper the 28 billion pound merger of BAE Systems and EADS unless the headquarters of the combined company is located in Munich.

  • Lloyds in dividend dispute with regulator - paper Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 7:52 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 7- Part state-owned Lloyds Banking Group is embroiled in a dispute with Britain's financial watchdog over its plans to return cash to shareholders, the Sunday Times reported.

  • LONDON, Oct 7- Australian central bank chief Glenn Stevens has been approached by British Treasury officials seeking a new head for the Bank of England after governor Mervyn King steps down next year, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.

  • UK phone hacking victims urge press regulation Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 7:29 AM ET

    LONDON-- Dozens of Britons who believe their phones were illegally tapped by journalists have written to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to consider tighter press regulation.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7- The proposed $45 billion merger between EADS and BAE Systems must ensure British security and jobs are preserved, finance minister George Osborne said on Sunday, just three days before a deadline for detailing the deal.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7- Britain must find more spending cuts to reduce the budget deficit up to the next election and beyond, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday, underlining the government's tough task of fixing the economy and winning back waning public support.

  • UK says security and jobs key to EADS-BAE merger Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 6:01 AM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7- Britain said on Sunday that any merger between EADS and BAE must ensure that British national security and jobs are preserved.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7- Britain must find more spending cuts to reduce the budget deficit, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday, after a return recession this year raised speculation the government was set to miss its own deficit reduction targets.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7- Britain must find more spending cuts to reduce the budget deficit, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday, after a return recession this year raised speculation the government was set to miss its own deficit reduction targets.

  • UK's Cameron: I will veto EU budget if necessary Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 4:57 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 7- Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday he would use Britain's veto to scupper European Union budget talks if necessary, warning the 27- nation bloc it needed to learn to live within its means. Cameron suggested the EU should split its budget into two- one for the euro zone and one for the countries outside the single currency, including Britain.

  • Britain must cut more to reduce deficit- PM Cameron Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 4:45 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 7- Britain must find more spending cuts to reduce the budget deficit, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday, after a return recession this year raised speculation the government was set to miss its deficit reduction targets.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7- British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday threatened to scupper European Union budget talks unless other members of the 27- nation bloc agree to "proper control" of spending, without specifying what would be an acceptable settlement for Britain.

  • *UK faces choice of deeper cuts or longer austerity. *UK will block aerospace merger if "red line" priorities not met.

  • LONDON, Oct 6- Shell on Friday declared force majeure on its gas deliveries from Nigeria's liquefied natural gas plant after an attempt to steal crude oil from a pipeline led to a fire, it said. Shell, which has a 25.6 percent stake in Nigeria LNG, on Sunday shut its 28- inch Bomu-Bonny trunk line after oil thieves caused a fire, it said.

  • *A350 jetliner will compete with Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. WASHINGTON/ PARIS, Oct 6- The U.S. government said on Saturday it had received European Union documents on funding for the Airbus A350 after requesting them from the World Trade Organization over a month ago in an ongoing transatlantic dispute over aircraft subsidies.

  • Tanzania asks for mediation over Lake Malawi dispute Saturday, 6 Oct 2012 | 3:32 PM ET

    DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 6- Tanzania called on Saturday for an international mediator to resolve a long-standing border dispute with Malawi, conceding the latest talks over territorial rights to Lake Malawi and its potential reserves of oil and gas have failed.