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  • His comment highlights a key differences between the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund- Greece's "troika" of lenders- over how to solve its debt crisis. Europe would prefer to give Athens more time to get back on track with its fiscal programme.

  • Lavrov speaks to the Association of European Business in Russia on EU-Russia relations in the context of Russian WTO membership and Eurasian integration processes. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark visits St. Petersburg.

  • Czech Republic - Factors To Watch on Oct 8 Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:23 AM ET

    PRAGUE, Oct 8- Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Monday. August foreign trade data at 0700 GMT. PRAGUE- Finance Ministry to publish detailed calendar for the issuance of domestic state bonds in November of 2012..

  • German stocks - Factors to watch on October 8 Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:09 AM ET

    VOLKSWAGEN Indicated 0.7 percent lower. Separately, Volkswagen could start selling its Golf 7 plug-in hybrid car from 2014, a year earlier than previously planned, German magazine WirtschaftsWoche reported, citing no sources.

  • Link to Fitch Ratings' Report: Russia's Banking Sector: Stable at Present, But Some Risks Are Growing. MOSCOW/ LONDON, October 08 Fitch Ratings says in a new report that its outlook for the Russian banking sector is stable.

  • Med Crude-Urals stronger in Baltic Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:21 AM ET

    Russia's Saratov oil refinery, owned by Anglo-Russian crude producer TNK-BP. ,has resumed production after it caught fire last week, TNK-BP said on Monday. Iraqi Kurdistan's leading oil producer, Genel Energy, said it would keep crude exports flowing after the Kurdistan Regional Government finally received an initial payment from Baghdad.

  • AKTAU, Kazakhstan, Oct 8- An outspoken critic of Kazakhstan's president was jailed for seven-and-a-half years on Monday for colluding with a fugitive billionaire in a failed attempt to rally oil workers to bring down the government.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 8- Indonesia is buying submarines from South Korea and coastal radar systems from China and the United States. Vietnam is getting submarines and combat jets from Russia, while Singapore- the world's fifth-largest weapons importer- is adding to its sophisticated arsenal.

  • BEIJING, Oct 8- China is spending $14 billion on pilot projects to turn coal in remote parts of the country into natural gas, a risky bet that could help meet the country's surging demand for the cleaner fuel.

  • Emerging Markets Are More Than Just the BRICs Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 4:37 AM ET

    There's a growing backlash against the BRIC countries — an acronym created by Jim O'Neill of Goldman Sachs for Brazil, Russia, India and China, as the four biggest emerging markets have underperformed their peers.

  • Iran denies offering new plan on nuclear impasse Saturday, 6 Oct 2012 | 9:49 AM ET

    The New York Times reported on Thursday that Iran had proposed a plan to European officials that required the West to lift harsh oil and economic sanctions in return for the eventual suspension of uranium enrichment by Tehran.

  • SpaceX set for its first cargo run to space station Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 5:51 PM ET

    Cape Canaveral, Fla., Oct 5- Space Exploration Technologies, the first private company to fly to the International Space Station, is poised to launch its initial cargo mission to the orbital outpost as part of a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to deliver supplies.

  • With a looming election keeping Japan from making a decision on how much, if any, of its nuclear reactor fleet it will keep, and slowing growth in China weighing on the broader resource sector, it will likely be months before uranium prices start moving back toward pre-Fukushima levels.

  • *Fred Hassan to become non-executive chairman in January. Oct 5- Avon Products Inc will close the book on the Andrea Jung era at the end of the year, clearing the way for new Chief Executive Sheri McCoy to try to fix the iconic but struggling beauty products company.

  • *Energy ministry, LUKOIL to meet investors this month. LONDON/ MOSCOW, Oct 5- Rosneft Chief Executive Igor Sechin met investors in London on Friday, launching a charm offensive by Russia's oil industry, which is trying to court foreign capital after a decade in which it became almost synonymous with resource nationalism.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Russian state owned oil company Rosneft will spend a total of $25 billion to modernise its Soviet-built refineries, company chief executive Igor Sechin told investors on Friday, sources familiar with his presentation said. Sechin said $7 billion has already been spent. The remaining $18 billion will be spent over the next five years.

  • LONDON/ MOSCOW, Oct 5- Rosneft Chief Executive Igor Sechin met investors in London on Friday, launching a charm offensive by Russia's oil industry which is trying to court foreign capital after a decade in which it became almost synonymous with resource nationalism.

  • UPDATE 1-TNK-BP keeps dividend decision on hold Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:57 PM ET

    *TNK-BP gives green light to Rospan gas project. MOSCOW, Oct 5- TNK-BP's directors held back from deciding on a dividend payout at their meeting on Friday, with the Russian oil company saying only that the matter would be discussed "over the coming weeks", when bidding is expected to be underway for BP's 50 percent stake.

  • *Fred Hassan to become nonexecutive chairman in January. By Jessica Wohl and Phil Wahba. Oct 5- Avon Products Inc.

  • Med Crude-Urals strongest since early Sept Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:26 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- Russian Urals crude ended the weak on a bullish note on Friday, rising to its strongest levels since early September as traders said October volumes in the Mediterranean were mostly sold out.