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  • The sequel starring Liam Neeson as a former CIA agent who gets captured in Istanbul pushed last weekend's winner, family flick " Hotel Transylvania," to second place. "Taken 2" was released by 20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp. Sony Corp's movie studio distributed " Hotel Transylvania."

  • DUBAI, Oct 7- Iran's parliament voted on Sunday to consider suspending plans for further reform of the country's food and fuel subsidies, with legislators citing economic pain caused by the plunge of the rial currency.

  • KUWAIT, Oct 6- Burgan Bank said on Saturday it had received approval from the Kuwaiti central bank for its planned purchase of Eurobank's Turkish arm. It will acquire 70 percent of the lender from Tekfen's Greek partner EFG Eurobank in a $355 million deal, while the remaining 29.26 percent stake will come from Tekfen Holding for an unknown sum.

  • ATHENS, Oct 5- National Bank of Greece made a share-swap offer to buy all of rival Eurobank and create the country's biggest lender, it said on Friday, the latest move in efforts to consolidate the Greek banking industry.

  • A big drop in the unemployment rate wasn't enough for investors Friday. The Labor Department said the unemployment rate had declined to 7.8 percent, its first dip below 8 percent in nearly four years. The drop to 7.8 percent in the unemployment rate "really is not a big game-changer," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital. "

  • By George Georgiopoulos and Lefteris Papadimas. ATHENS, Oct 5- National Bank of Greece and Eurobank are in merger talks to create the country's biggest lender, banking sources said on Friday, the latest move in efforts to consolidate the Greek banking industry.

  • *Shares in Akbank rise* Bonds flat. ISTANBUL, Oct 5- The Turkish lira firmed on Friday, a day after hitting its weakest level since mid-September following attacks on the Syrian border, while Akbank shares rose on bullish expectations for the bank's second-half performance.

  • Eight of the 10 industry groups in the S&P 500 rose, led by a 1.1 percent gain for materials stocks. "We're in rally mode, so slightly positive numbers will do nothing to hinder that," said Ralph Fogel, investment strategist and partner at Fogel Neale Partners in New York. The Labor Department also said employers added 114,000 jobs to their payrolls last month.

  • ISTANBUL, Oct 5- Turkish brewer Anadolu Efes. said on Friday the company decided to mandate its management to issue bonds worth up to $500 million with maturities between five and 10 years. The company said in a statement to the Istanbul Stock Exchange that the bonds could be dollar, euro or lira denominated.

  • *Merger would form Greece's biggest lender* Shares suspended pending announcements* NBG, Eurobank hold board meetings By George Georgiopoulos and Lefteris Papadimas.

  • *Turkey- Syria violence stokes supply concern. LONDON, Oct 5- Oil held above $112 per barrel on Friday after figures showed fewer people out of work in the United States, the world's biggest oil consumer.

  • *Turkey- Syria violence stokes supply concern. LONDON, Oct 5- Oil held above $112 per barrel on Friday after figures showed fewer people out of work in the United States, the world's biggest oil consumer.

  • In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was up 0.7 percent at 5,871 while Germany's DAX rose 1.2 percent to 7,397. The CAC-40 in France was 1.6 percent higher at 3,457.. The benchmark New York rate was $2.41 lower at $89.31 a barrel.

  • *Turkey- Syria violence stokes supply concern. LONDON, Oct 5- Oil steadied above $112 per barrel on Friday after figures showed fewer people out of work in the United States, the world's biggest oil consumer. Brent futures was up a cent at $112.59 by 1242 GMT, having fallen over $1 a barrel in earlier trade to $111.48.

  • *Turkey- Syria violence stokes supply concern. LONDON, Oct 5- Oil slid to around $112 per barrel on Friday as investors awaited data that is expected to show U.S. unemployment is on the rise, reinforcing concern that a fragile global economic recovery is still under threat. Brent futures fell more than $1 a barrel and by 1156 GMT were trading at $112.10, down 48 cents.

  • ATHENS, Oct 5- Two of Greece's biggest banks, National and Eurobank, are in merger talks to create the country's biggest lender, banking sources said on Friday.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- South Africa's rand plunged 2 percent on Friday to just shy of a three-year low against the dollar as labour unrest swept the country, while Turkish assets stabilised after the previous day's sell-off caused by political concerns.

  • *FinMin signals higher taxes on the wealthy. ANKARA, Oct 5- Turkey plans to impose higher taxes on the rich to try to narrow its budget deficit, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Friday after officials announced Ankara would miss its budget deficit target this year by one percentage point.

  • ISTANBUL, Oct 5- Major Turkish lender Isbank. said on Friday it had signed two loan deals with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation worth a total $300 million.

  • *Turkey- Syria conflict stokes supply concern. LONDON, Oct 5- Oil slid below $112 per barrel on Friday as investors awaited data that is expected to show U.S. unemployment is on the rise, reinforcing concern that a fragile global economic recovery is still under threat. Brent futures fell more than $1 a barrel and by 0947 GMT were trading at $111.93- down 65 cents.