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  • DAMASCUS, Sept 30- The Syrian presidency said on Wednesday any increase in Russian military support to Syria was the result of a request, and President Bashar al-Assad had written to his Russian counterpart in that regard.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Sept 30- South Africa's Woolworths Holdings said on Wednesday it has tapped a Marks& Spencer veteran to head David Jones, its Australian department store chain, where it aims to boost food sales. Woolworths wants to improve its food business in Australia, and in a statement on Wednesday credited Dixon, who joined Marks& Spencer in 1986, with the...

  • *Glencore rallies after saying it has no solvency issues. *Carmakers boosted by China tax cut on small cars. LONDON, Sept 30- European shares rose on Wednesday after reaching 2015 lows as a bruising quarter ended, with a Chinese tax cut boosting automakers while miner Glencore rallied after saying it had no solvency issues.

  • BERLIN, Sept 30- German unemployment edged up in September due partly to late school holidays in some states, but the jobless rate held at a record low in a further sign that consumer spending will propel growth in Europe's largest economy this year. "Although there was an uptick on a seasonally-adjusted basis, the overall positive trend on the labor market...

  • *Annual limit at 100,000 yuan, daily limit at 10,000 yuan. BEIJING, Sept 30- China will introduce an annual cap of 100,000 yuan on cash withdrawals made through UnionPay cards outside the country from 2016, the nation's foreign exchange regulator said, to combat money laundering amid concerns about capital flight. Cards issued by Visa Inc and MasterCard Inc will...

  • LONDON, Sept 30- Volkswagen UK said on Wednesday around 1.2 million vehicles in Britain, including Audi, Seat and Skoda cars, were affected by the emissions software at the centre of an investigation into rigging of vehicle emissions tests.

  • BEIJING, Sept 30- China on Wednesday said it will cut the minimum down payment level for first-time home buyers in many cities, stepping up support for the sluggish property market and stumbling economy. The move is intended to "support reasonable consumption of housing", the People's Bank of China and the China Banking Regulatory Commission said in a statement...

  • *U.S. law firm Jones Day expected to lead external probe. A representative of U.S. law firm Jones Day, which is expected to lead the external investigation, will attend part of Wednesday's meeting, the source added. Germany's transport minister says it also manipulated tests in Europe, where Volkswagen sells about 40 percent of its vehicles.

  • REUTERS POLL- BRENT CRUDE OIL TO AVERAGE $58.60/ BARREL IN 2016.

  • REUTERS POLL- IN 2015, BRENT TO AVERAGE $55.30/ BARREL, U.S.

  • POLL-China, Iran to put brakes on oil price recovery Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 6:00 AM ET

    *Brent crude oil seen averaging $58.60 in 2016. *This year, Brent to average $55.30, WTI $50.30. Benchmark North Sea Brent crude is expected to average $58.60 a barrel in 2016, slightly above the $56.63 seen so far this year, but well below the forecast of $62.30 in last month's poll, the Reuters survey of 31 analysts showed.

  • CRUDE OIL TO AVERAGE $54.10/ BARREL IN 2016.

  • *China, Brazil, oil, commodities hit trade growth. GENEVA, Sept 30- World trade will grow by 2.8 percent this year and could be pegged back further by a U.S. interest rate rise, China's economic slowdown or Europe's refugee crisis, the World Trade Organization said on Wednesday. "These include a sharper-than-expected slowdown in emerging and developing economies,...

  • MADRID, Sept 30- The Bank of Spain on Wednesday said that it expected economic growth to slow in the third quarter and that recent data showed strong job creation in the first half of the year had tailed off over the summer. The government forecasts growth of 3.3 percent this year, one of the highest rates in the European Union and above the Bank of Spain's own...

  • PRECIOUS-Gold heads for biggest quarterly loss in a year Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 5:45 AM ET

    *Gold set for biggest quarterly drop since Q3 2014. *GRAPHIC: Gold vs platinum: http://link.reuters.com/xez92s. LONDON, Sept 30- Gold eased on Wednesday, staying on track for its biggest quarterly loss in a year as the dollar strengthened and the market awaited clarity on the timing of a hotly anticipated U.S. interest rate rise.

  • MUMBAI, Sept 30- When India's central bank cut interest rates by much more than expected this week, government officials hailed it as a victory after months of imploring Governor Raghuram Rajan for strong action. Now it is New Delhi that will need to deliver. "Rate cut is good, but it alone is not a sufficient condition for companies to start investing," said M.S....

  • ADVISORY-Alert on tropical storm Joaquin withdrawn Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 5:21 AM ET

    ADVISORY-ALERT ON TROPICAL STORM JOAQUIN WITHDRAWN@. The alert on tropical storm Joaquin strengthening into a hurricane is wrong and is withdrawn. The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for the Central Bahamas and is investigating the storm.

  • BRUSSELS/ NEW YORK, Sept 30- China's promise to curb public funding of "highly polluting projects" has isolated Japan and increased the pressure to close a deal to phase-out coal export subsidies after months of wrangling. Japan, wary of regional competition from China, has been at the vanguard of opposition to phasing out coal export credits that help OECD...

  • BRUSSELS/ FRANKFURT, Sept 30- Euro zone inflation turned negative again in September as oil prices tumbled, raising pressure on the European Central Bank to beef up its asset purchases to kick start anaemic price growth. Long term inflation expectations have fallen to their lowest level since February, before the ECB's asset purchases started, as China's...

  • UPDATE 4-Oil down on large U.S. crude stockpile build Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 5:11 AM ET

    *OPEC members approached Kazakhstan to support prices-minister. U.S. crude oil stockpiles rose 4.6 million barrels in the week to Sept. 25, the American Petroleum Institute said, well above a modest increase of 102,000 barrels that analysts polled by Reuters had forecast. U.S. crude, also known as West Texas Intermediate or WTI, was 10 cents lower at $45.13 a barrel...