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  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. manufacturing unexpectedly expanded in September for the first time since May as new orders and employment picked up, but the pace of growth showed the economy was still stuck in a slow recovery. The Institute for Supply Management said on Monday its index of national factory activity rose to 51.5 from 49.6 in August.

  • Under legislation that goes into effect on Nov. 1, Internet sites carrying content banned in Russia will be placed on a register, after which Internet providers will have one day to block access. Google Inc, the owner of YouTube, said it was ready to block access of the film to users in Russia once it received the court's decision, the RIA agency reported.

  • This is the face of new, high-end hotels in Africa. International hotel developers are planning nearly 40,000 new rooms across Africa in the coming years. Travel and tourism in Africa generates about $164 billion a year, 9 percent of the continent's total GDP, said David Scowsill, president and chief executive of World Travel& Tourism Council.

  • MILAN, Oct 1- Italian energy group Edison said on Monday it had won a dispute with Eni to review the price of its long-term gas contract from Libya, its second gas arbitration victory in less than a month. In September Edison, which is owned by France's EDF, won in arbitration a 450 million euro discount on its liquefied natural gas supplies from Qatar's Rasgas.

  • CAIRO, Oct 1- Egypt's negotiations for a $4.8 billion loan from the IMF have been delayed to give the government more time to draw up its economic reform programme, the two sides said on Monday. Egypt was due to receive a team from the International Monetary Fund at the end of September to discuss the terms of the loan.

  • He will be based in London. Willett joins from Royal Bank of Scotland, where most recently he was chairman of corporate finance for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. A top Morgan Stanley broker, Jonathan Madrigano, who last year managed about $2 billion in client assets left the company's brokerage division on Friday to join J.P. Morgan Securities.

  • By Gernot Heller and James Regan. BERLIN/ PARIS, Oct 1- Airbus parent EADS and arms group BAE Systems must restructure a $45 billion merger, a top shareholder said, as a government source threatened that Britain would block talks to create the world's biggest defence company unless its demands were met.

  • By Dinesh Nair and Patrick Werr DUBAI/ CAIRO, Oct 1- Dubai's Emirates NBD. and Morocco's Attijariwafabank have bid for BNP Paribas' Egyptian retail arm, four banking sources said, as regional banks look to pick up assets being shed by European lenders.

  • *Xstrata splits votes to secure merger approval. *Xstrata to retain majority of board seats after Davis departure. LONDON, Oct 1- Mining group Xstrata gave its long-awaited blessing on Monday to a revised $33 billion bid from trader Glencore, bowing to investor pressure by changing the deal to ensure it isn't sunk by a payment plan to retain top managers.

  • LAGOS, Nigeria-- The traffic begins long before dawn in Nigeria's largest city. The poor crowd onto benches welded inside dented, clattering buses. In Lagos, which is predicted to overtake Cairo as Africa's most populous city in 2015, the traffic jams that Nigerians call "go-slows" can strike at any moment.

  • DUBAI, Oct 1- Abu Dhabi- listed First Gulf Bank. launched a five-year, $650 million bond at 210 basis points over midswaps, arranging banks said on Monday. Citi, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, HSBC, Standard Chartered and Deutsche Bank are arranging the deal.

  • *U.S. manufacturing sector expands in September* China's factory activity shrinks for 2nd month in Sept* Japan's business sentiment worsens* Euro zone manufacturing points to a new recession By Dmitry Zhdannikov.

  • O'Donnell, who jumped to CBS last year after more than a decade at NBC News, replaced Erica Hill within the trio of "CBS This Morning" hosts that also include Charlie Rose and Gayle King.

  • CAIRO-- The owner of a TV station on trial for incitement following his call for the killing of Egypt's Islamist president has been released after being briefly detained over allegations of theft of electrical power and bounced checks, security officials said on Monday.

  • *Kuwait needs to focus on investment. KUWAIT, Oct 1- Kuwait's government should take all necessary measures to cut spending and focus on investing in projects that will benefit the major oil producer's economy in the long-term, Central Bank Governor Mohammad al-Hashel said on Monday.

  • The bank named Tom Willett as head of mergers and acquisitions, Europe. He will be based in London. Willett joins from Royal Bank of Scotland, where most recently he was chairman of corporate finance for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

  • As the government closed the books Sunday with a $1.1 trillion deficit for the year, which required borrowing 32 cents for every dollar it spent, budget analysts have little confidence in either man's plan to address the accumulating debt, now at about $16 trillion.

  • KUWAIT, Oct 1- Kuwait's government should take all necessary measures to cut spending and current monetary policy settings are in line with economic developments, Central Bank Governor Mohammad al-Hashel said on Monday.

  • Mumtalakat is wholly-owned by the Government of Bahrain and was created to act as an independent holding company for the Government of Bahrain's stakes in strategic non-oil and gas assets of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

  • Oct 1- The premier of the oil-rich province of Alberta sees benefits in the proposed sale of Nexen Inc to a Chinese state-owned company, a local newspaper reported on Monday.