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  • LONDON, Oct 12- Diamond Circle Capital PLC:. *Sold a further three diamonds out of remaining portfolio of six diamonds for. *Continues to explore& consider all opportunities to realise remaining.

  • The governor of Lombardy refused to resign over a widening graft scandal on Thursday but said he would appoint a new government for Italy's wealthiest and most populous region, adding to political disarray six months from general elections.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 12- Stephen Branton-Speak, the head of metals trading at Goldman Sachs, is set to retire after 15 years and after playing a key role in steering the 1.4 billion pound sale of the London Metal Exchange, sources told Reuters on Friday.

  • CANBERRA, Oct 12- Australian shares gained more than 0.2 percent on Friday morning, recovering from two sessions of losses, as a rebound in metal prices lifted index-heavy mining stocks. Global miner BHP Billiton Ltd gained 0.8 percent to A $33.50 and major rival Rio Tinto Ltd rose more than 1.6 percent to A $56.31.

  • Financial Times Headlines BUMI SHARES LEAP AS BAKRIES PROPOSE SPLIT- CLARKE GETS ROLE AS TRADE' ROCKET BOOSTER'- GEITHNER HAS PHONE FRIEND AT BLACKROCK- AZERBAIJAN ATTACKS BP FOR MISSING TARGETS- COCA-COLA HELLENIC TO QUIT GREECE- SOFTBANK IN TALKS TO TAKE CONTROL OF SPRINT- SCHAUBLE AND LAGARDE CLASH OVER AUSTERITY- OIL GROUPS SET TO EXPORT US CRUDE- UK URGED TO LEARN CANADA BORROWING LESSONS- Overview BUMI SHARES LEAP AS BAKRIES PROPOSE SPLIT.

  • *Bakries propose $1.3 billion deal to buy back assets* Propose unwinding of Bumi Plc* Bumi shares soar over 40 pct after split proposed* Rothschild sees "challenges" even after Bakrie exit By Janeman Latul and Clara Ferreira-Marques.

  • CANBERRA, Oct 12- Australian shares are likely to open flat on Friday on mixed leads from Wall Street, holding below 14- month highs hit earlier this week, although a rebound in metal prices may help index-heavy mining stocks. *Local share price index futures. *New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index.

  • Oil prices rose Thursday as tension between Turkey and Syria raised concerns that crude oil supplies from the Middle East could be disrupted. On the New York Mercantile Exchange:. Benchmark crude rose 82 cents to finish at $92.07 per barrel.

  • *Sprint volume surges, shares jump on Softbank deal reports. Traders have been bearish recently, with the S&P 500 down 2 percent in the last five sessions in anticipation of a weak earnings season. AT&T and Verizon also weighed after news that Japan's Softbank may buy a majority stake in their competitor, Sprint Nextel.

  • Huawei is well established in Britain, and it has a partnership with the country's largest telecoms operator, BT Group PLC, to upgrade networks that stretches back to 2005..

  • NEW YORK, Oct 11- U.S. stocks ended little changed on Thursday as gains brought by a sign of improvement in the labor market were capped by a drop in Apple shares after a legal setback in a court ruling. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 2.40 points, or 0.08 percent, at 3,049.38. ( (For multimedia versions of Reuters Top News: 3000 Xtra: visit BridgeStation: view story. 134==============================================================.

  • *Turkey, Syria fighting reinforces worry over Middle East supply. NEW YORK, Oct 11- Oil prices rose on Thursday to their highest levels in weeks as tensions between Syria and Turkey escalated, while maintenance on North Sea oilfields pushed the premium for Europe's Brent crude to another one-year high.

  • *Propose unwinding of Bumi Plc. SINGAPORE/ LONDON, Oct 11- Indonesia's powerful Bakrie family has proposed splitting from financier Nat Rothschild and Bumi Plc, the London- listed miner they co-founded two years ago, after news of an inquiry into possible wrongdoing strained their already tense relations.

  • *Greece's biggest company CCH quits for Switzerland. that it was switching its primary listing from Athens to London and moving its corporate base to stable, low-tax Switzerland is a bitter blow to the debt-crippled nation.

  • *Apple shares fall 1.4 percent after setback in Samsung case. *Sprint volume surges, shares jump on Softbank deal reports. NEW YORK, Oct 11- U.S. stocks erased most gains and were little changed on Thursday as a drop in Apple shares after a legal ruling dented broad market gains on a sign of improvement in the jobs market.

  • NEW YORK-- A published report says federal authorities are using taped phone conversations to build criminal cases connected to the $6 billion trading loss announced by JPMorgan Chase earlier this year. The New York Times reports investigators are focusing on four people who worked for the London team responsible for the loss.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 11- MegaFon said the make-up of its board would reflect its focus on good corporate governance, as it sought to attract investors for its planned initial public offering after Goldman Sachs dropped out as an underwriter.

  • CARACAS, Venezuela-- A mustachioed former bus driver who rose to become his country's top diplomat has emerged as the vice presidential pick of President Hugo Chavez as the Venezuelan leader prepares to launch a six-year term following two cancer operations.

  • *Turkey, Syria fighting reinforces worry over Middle East supply. NEW YORK, Oct 11- Oil prices rose on Thursday as tensions between Syria and Turkey escalate, reinforcing concerns about risks to the region's supply, and maintenance curbs on North Sea output continue.

  • LONDON, Oct 11- Safeland PLC:. *Statement re discovery of losses. *Discovered that it has been the victim of a series of fraudulent transactions.