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  • DUBAI, Oct 6- Iran's government was locked in a test of wills with currency dealers on Saturday as it tried unsuccessfully to impose a stronger rial exchange rate, after a plunge by the currency earlier in the week triggered street protests.

  • BERLIN, Oct 6- Germany will start talks with Singapore next week on a deal to prevent its citizens from evading taxes by shifting their money to the Asian state, a government source said on Saturday.

  • Traders pointed to forecasts for lower wind power production in Germany, the Netherlands and France on Monday. Consumption in France is expected to be stable, compared with Friday, before rising further in the next days.

  • *Shares in Shaft Sinkers fall more than 7 percent. MOSCOW, Oct 5- EuroChem, Russia's largest mineral fertilizer producer, said on Friday it had filed an $800 million compensation claim against Shaft Sinkers for delays to the building of a lift shaft at one of its potash projects.

  • MILAN, Oct 5- Italy and Switzerland are committed to reach an agreement on a taxation deal needed to replenish Rome's depleted coffers before the Italian elections due in spring 2013, the Swiss ambassador in Italy told Reuters on Friday.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Royal Bank of Scotland has suspended a trader for attempting to manipulate a reference lending rate in Singapore, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, showing the global spread of the scandal over setting rates such as Libor.

  • *Economic institute sees growth at 0.9 pct, SNB expects 1 pct. ZURICH, Oct 5- Switzerland's KOF economic institute cut its growth forecasts for 2012 and 2013 on Friday, citing a spillover from the global economic slowdown, but still sees the pace of growth accelerating over the course of next year.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 5- EuroChem, Russia's top mineral fertilizer producer, said on Friday it has filed a $800 million claim with international chambers of commerce against Shaft Sinkers for "failure to complete the construction of the cage shaft".

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  • were trading around 61.50 pence per therm, up 0.1 pence since Thursday morning, and prices for delivery within the day were also trading at 61.50 pence.

  • *SNB has cap of 1.20/ euro on safe-haven franc* Reserves at 429.3 bln Sfr in September By Andrew Thompson and Catherine Bosley.

  • ZURICH, Oct 5- The Swiss National Bank's foreign exchange reserves rose in September, data on Friday showed. The SNB held foreign currencies worth 429.303 billion Swiss francs last month, data on Monday calculated by the International Monetary Fund's method showed.

  • ZURICH, Oct 5- The following are some of the main factors expected to affect Swiss stocks on Friday:. *Credit Suisse will lay off another 78 employees in the New York region by year-end, its fourth round of cuts for the area this year, a regulatory filing showed.

  • *Kraft has spun off snacking business from grocery* Danone keeps Vitasnella brand for milk derivatives* Mondelez makes over a third of sales in Europe By Antonella Ciancio and Dominique Vidalon.

  • *Switzerland want good progress by end-2012-SIF* A deal could raise Rome proceeds of 120- 150 bln euros By Elvira Pollina. MILAN, Oct 5- Switzerland says it wants good progress by the end of the year on an agreement to tax assets held by Italians in Swiss bank accounts but talk of a deal being done before Italian elections in the spring is premature.

  • *A deal could raise Rome proceeds of 120- 150 bln euros. MILAN, Oct 5- Switzerland says it wants good progress by the end of the year on an agreement to tax assets held by Italians in Swiss bank accounts but talk of a deal being done before Italian elections in the spring is premature.

  • *Danone keeps Vitasnella milk derivatives. *Mondelez makes over a third of sales in Europe. MILAN/ PARIS, Oct 5- Kraft Foods Europe, which is being integrated in spun-off snack giant Mondelez International, is buying Italy's Vitasnella snack business from French foods maker Danone for an undisclosed sum as part of its consolidation plans in Europe.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- Credit Suisse Group will lay off another 78 employees in the New York region by year-end, its fourth round of cuts for the area this year. A Credit Suisse spokesman declined to expand on the notice. Credit Suisse employed about 11,700 people in the Americas at the end of 2011..

  • SEOUL, Oct 5- Foreigners' net investment in South Korean bonds in September rose by the most since March due to a series of sovereign credit rating upgrades and expectations for additional monetary easing by the Bank of Korea, government data showed on Friday.

  • Oct 4- The trustee liquidating Lehman Brothers' U.S. brokerage has reached a settlement with its former derivatives unit that will reduce to $550 million an original claim of $6 billion, according to court documents.