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  • TEHRAN, Iran-- Tehran's main bazaar has been closed as authorities tighten controls trying to halt the fall of Iran's currency after it hit a record low. The semiofficial Mehr news agency says the bazaar _ the traditional commercial hub in Iran's capital _ was closed for security reasons on Wednesday.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 3- Retail sales in the euro zone barely rose in August as motorists cut back on spending on fuel during the normally busy driving months of the European summer, reflecting the weak economy as it heads into recession.

  • *China, Europe services PMI disappoint. LONDON, Oct 3- Crude oil prices fell on Wednesday, as weak data from Europe and China dimmed the outlook for demand, while Europe's festering debt crisis added to the gloom. Brent November crude futures had fallen 90 cents to $110.67 a barrel by 0830 GMT.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 3- Brent crude futures slipped below $111 per barrel on Wednesday, hurt by persistent concerns over global growth and oil demand, while Europe's festering debt crisis added to uncertainty.

  • *The parent company of T-Mobile USA, the struggling cellphone service provider, is in talks to buy MetroPCS Communications Inc as it fights to compete against two bigger rivals.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 3- Here are events and news stories that could move Russian markets on Wednesday. EVENTS: MOSCOW- Russia Calling VTB Capital investment conference. MOSCOW- Press conference by Aeroflot Chief Executive Vitaly Savelyev and SAP executives.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 3- Brent crude futures slipped towards $111 per barrel on Wednesday, hurt by persistent concerns over global growth and oil demand, while Europe's festering debt crisis added to uncertainty.

  • ROME, Oct 3- Iran's tumbling rial currency will face more heavy pressure as the United States and its allies enforce sanctions over Tehran's nuclear programme, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. Cohen's comments, on a five-day visit to Europe, came as riot police clashed with demonstrators protesting in Tehran against the fall in the currency.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 3- Brent crude futures slipped towards $111 per barrel on Wednesday, hurt by persistent concerns on global growth and oil demand, while Europe's festering debt crisis added to uncertainty.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- Oil prices fell in choppy, light trading on Tuesday, pressured by the outlook for weak economic growth and petroleum demand, even as the risk of potential crude supply disruptions limited losses. "Profit taking out of gasoline had a significant influence on market tone today," said Timothy Evans, energy analyst at Citi Futures Perspective in New York.

  • In the past two weeks, customers of top U.S. banks including Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase& Co, Wells Fargo& Co, U.S. Bancorp and PNC Financial Services have reported having trouble accessing their websites, as unusually high traffic volumes appeared to crash or slow down the systems.

  • Global economic growth has slowed this year, curbing fuel demand growth in Asia, Europe and the United States. The euro strengthened against the dollar a second straight session on growing expectations the euro zone's fourth-largest economy, Spain, will seek a bailout.

  • UNDER PRESSURE: Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blamed the steep drop in Iran's currency on "psychological pressures" linked to Western sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program and Iran's increasingly bitter political battles.

  • In the aftermath of the 9/ 11 terrorist attacks the money spigot was turned wide open, pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and expanding the armed forces. He reasons that a new era of austerity at the Pentagon won't hurt American security.

  • TEHRAN, Iran-- Iran's president on Tuesday blamed the steep drop in Iran's currency on "psychological pressures" linked to Western sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program and Iran's increasing bitter political battles.

  • TEHRAN, Iran-- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blamed the steep drop in Iran's currency Tuesday to "psychological pressures" linked to Western sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program. The U.S. and its allies have imposed the punishing measures to try to persuade Iran to negotiate over its nuclear program, which the West says is aimed at developing atomic weapons.

  • By Christopher Johnson and Alice Baghdjian. LONDON, Oct 2- Brent crude oil consolidated around $112 a barrel on Tuesday as investors weighed a weaker outlook for fuel demand and sluggish economic growth against the risk of possible supply disruptions.

  • GENEVA, Oct 2- The United Nations human rights office called on Tuesday for the immediate release of prominent activists and journalists it said had been arrested or intimidated as part of an apparent clampdown on critical voices ahead of next year's presidential election.

  • BAGHDAD-- Iraq on Tuesday signed a $14 million deal with a U.S. consortium to modernize a major port in the country's southern province of Basra in a move aimed at developing key infrastructure neglected during years of war and sanctions.

  • DUBAI, Oct 2- Iran has been able to cope with Western economic sanctions and the central bank has supplied enough hard currency to finance imports even though the sanctions have cut Tehran's oil earnings, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday.