*Malaysia Airlines flight loses contact hour after takeoff. KUALA LUMPUR/ HO CHI MINH CITY, March 9- A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast on Saturday, and European officials said two people on board were using false identities.» Read More
*Trade seen range-bound before Italy's confidence vote, ECB. LONDON, Oct 1- Italian bonds rose on Tuesday but lagged a rally in peripheral bonds a day before Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta faces a vote of confidence in a bid to draw a line under political tensions.
SYDNEY, Oct 1- Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart, one of the world's richest women, wants to relinquish control over a $4 billion family trust, after several years of legal wrangling with her children over who gets what and when.
*Iran to meet P5 +1 in mid-October for nuclear talks. LONDON, Oct 1- Brent crude eased to $108 a barrel on Tuesday, near a seven-week low, on worries that a shutdown of the U.S. government will crimp oil demand, while easing tensions in U.S.- Iran nuclear talks boosted prospects for rising supply. Brent crude fell 40 cents to $107.97 a barrel by 0934 GMT.
LONDON, Oct 1- Copper slipped on Tuesday after the first U.S. government shutdown in 17 years, with trading activity thin as top consumer China was on a week-long holiday.
PARIS, Oct 1- France will bring down its public deficit more slowly than previously expected, according to long-term forecasts released on Tuesday.
Oct 1- Borrowing by U.S. small businesses edged up in August, pushing an index of borrowing to a six-year high. The Thomson Reuters/ PayNet Small Business Lending Index, which measures the volume of financing to small companies, rose 1 percent to 116.6, the highest level since August 2007.
*Almunia says key moment reached in Google investigation. BRUSSELS, Oct 1- Google's latest offer to modify its Internet search engine offers the prospect of ending a long-running European Union competition probe, the bloc's top antitrust official said on Tuesday.
LONDON, Oct 1- Growth in Britain's manufacturing sector eased slightly in September from a two-year high the month before, due to less robust export orders, a survey showed on Tuesday.
FRANKFURT, Oct 1- Mario Draghi's chief adviser is quitting the European Central Bank to take up a post at French insurer AXA, leaving the ECB president without an ally who helped shape his plans to fight the euro zone crisis.
*Gold edges higher on limited safe haven demand. LONDON, Oct 1- The first U.S. government shutdown in 17- years weakened the dollar on Tuesday, sending it to an eight-month low against the euro, but met a subdued response from investors in equity and fixed income markets.
*China markets begin Golden Week holidays. SINGAPORE, Oct 1- London copper was steady on Tuesday even though China factory data showed growth slowed more than expected in September and as a week-long holiday there got underway, while the U.S. government began a partial shutdown after a funding deadlock.
*Euro hits 8- month high, Italy still seen a major risk. LONDON, Oct 1- The dollar fell to a 1-1/ 2 year low against the safe-haven Swiss franc and a near eight-month low against a basket of currencies on Tuesday as the first U.S. government shutdown in 17 years spooked markets.
PARIS, Oct 1- European shares rose in early trade on Tuesday, bouncing from three-week lows in the previous session, although gains were limited by a partial shutdown of the U.S. government. At 0730 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.2 percent at 1,250.09 points.
LONDON, Oct 1- European shares edged higher in early trading on Tuesday but stayed near a three-week low hit on Monday, with nervous investors looking for signs a shutdown of the U.S. government would be resolved soon.
Oct 1- The head of enforcement at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, David Meister, is expected to step down as early as Tuesday, the New York Times reported, possibly leaving a leadership vacuum at the agency that regulates the derivatives market.
*Raises questions about pace of China's recovery. *India, South Korea, Taiwan factory activity tepid. BEIJING/ JAKARTA, Oct 1- China's manufacturing activity expanded only slightly last month, raising concerns a nascent economic recovery may be foundering at a time of market uncertainty about a U.S. government shutdown and a political crisis in Italy.
TOKYO, Oct 1- Japan's Nikkei stock average pared much of its early rise to close up 0.2 percent on Tuesday, weighed down by worries about the consequences of a U.S. government shutdown.
*Gold's gains limited, on weak safe-haven bids. SINGAPORE, Oct 1- Gold edged higher on Tuesday as the U.S. government shut down some of its operations after Congress failed to agree on a spending bill, but gains were limited as investors believe the stand-off will likely soon be resolved.
ZURICH, Oct 1- Swiss drugmaker Roche will highlight its most promising treatments in oncology, immunology and ophthalmology at an investor event on Tuesday, as it seeks to show its potential in and beyond its core cancer expertise.
Consumer goods company Unilever warned on Monday that a slowdown in its emerging markets accelerated in the third quarter and it now expects underlying sales growth of just 3 to 3.5 percent in the period.