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  • By Maytaal Angel and Clara Ferreira-Marques. LONDON, Oct 12- Mining firms, already cutting back after years of rising costs, could do more to tighten their belts and should use the proceeds to increase payouts to yield-hungry investors, BlackRock, the world's largest fund manager said on Friday.

  • *Turkey- Syria tensions, lower N.Sea output support. LONDON, Oct 12- Oil fell towards $115 a barrel on Friday, as a prediction of a further decline in oil consumption and higher supplies offset concerns about potential output disruptions in the Middle East.

  • JP Morgan earnings fail to lift markets Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 7:44 AM ET

    LONDON-- Upbeat earnings from JP Morgan Chase& Co. did little to lift the mood in markets Friday as stocks continued to shed some of the gains made the previous day, when U.S. jobs figures came in stronger than expected.

  • *Investors consolidate; $1,760/ 50 seen as support level* U.S. producer prices rise in September* China, India demand falls By Clare Hutchison.

  • *British Gas says faces rising wholesale prices and upgrade costs. LONDON, Oct 12- Centrica PLC, the owner of Britain's biggest energy supplier, is raising its domestic gas and electricity prices by 6 percent next month, saying it was necessary to cover rising wholesale prices and upgrade costs.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Brevan Howard, one of the world's top hedge fund firms which three years ago moved its main office to lower-tax Geneva, is back hunting for a new home in London amid signs some traders are missing the city's buzzing nightlife.

  • Asia Naphtha/Gasoline-Naphtha, gasoline margins down Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 7:18 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, Oct 12- The Asian naphtha price and margins ended the week at a three-session low of $985 a tonne and $123.03 a tonne respectively to mirror the fall in European values as gasoline demand softened. "The fall in margins today was a reflection of the gasoline market in Europe," said a Singapore- based trader.

  • *Turkey- Syria tensions, lower N.Sea output support. LONDON, Oct 12- Oil fell below $115 a barrel on Friday, as a prediction of a further decline in oil consumption and higher supplies offset concerns about potential output disruptions in the Middle East.

  • By Sarah White and Luke Jeffs. "There have been huge obstacles preventing us from making a first distribution from the general estate to unsecured creditors," said Tony Lomas, the lead administrator of Lehman Europe at PwC.

  • COALEY PEAK, England, Oct 12- Senseless massacre to some, a necessary evil to others, a plan to cull thousands of wild badgers to stem the spread of tuberculosis in cattle is sharply dividing rural England.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 12- Russian private healthcare provider MD Medical Group's London listing got off to a smooth start, with its global depositary receipts trading at a 3 percent premium to their issue price on the first morning.

  • Christie's London contemporary art sale down on 2011 Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 7:06 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Christie's raised 41.2 million pounds from its combined London sales of post-war, contemporary and Italian art late on Thursday, towards the lower end of pre-sale estimates and down on the equivalent auctions of 2011..

  • Swiss Re reinsures Rwanda crop insurance programme Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 7:05 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- A Swiss Re- backed micro-insurance project that provides weather insurance for crops in Kenya has been expanded to Rwanda, the companies involved said on Friday.

  • Oct 12- Coca-Cola Hellenic's decision to relocate from Greece to Switzerland, and the recent relocation by fellow Greek corporate FAGE, are limited precedents for other eurozone corporates for now, despite incentives to reduce share price discounts or protect against the risk of a full-blown sovereign crisis, Fitch Ratings says.

  • Engineers push UK FTSE 100 down on earnings concerns Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:59 AM ET

    *FTSE 100 down 0.1 percent. LONDON, Oct 12- Britain's FTSE 100 eased on Friday, with a second profit warning in a week from the engineering sector underscoring concerns about the health of third quarter earnings in the face of slowing global and domestic demand. ,pushed other engineering companies to the top of the FTSE 100 fallers list.

  • $165 mln pledge for fund backing Arab democracies Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:44 AM ET

    The U.S. has pledged $50 million, Britain $25 million, Saudi Arabia $25 million and Japan and France $12 million each. The group also announced that Yemen was joining the Arab Spring countries participating in the Deauville Partnership, which also include Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Morocco and Libya.

  • Praise and shock: EU Nobel Peace Prize reactions Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:22 AM ET

    Some reaction to the European Union being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday:. "The stabilizing part played by the European Union has helped to transform a once-torn Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace" _ Nobel committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland.

  • Mantel could make history with Booker Prize double Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:22 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Hilary Mantel is favoured to become the first woman to win the coveted Man Booker Prize for fiction twice, with her historical novel "Bring Up the Bodies" ahead of Will Self's "Umbrella" in the bookmakers' rankings.

  • Direct lending shifts gear in Formula One deal Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:17 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Formula One's USD1bn high-yield private placement proves investors will lend large amounts of cash to top quality businesses, even for aggressive dividend recapitalisations, and could pose a challenge for banks if it becomes a broader trend.

  • Crisis-ridden EU wins Nobel Peace Prize Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:16 AM ET

    OSLO, Norway-- The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for promoting peace and democracy in Europe _ an honor that came as 27- nation bloc was struggling with its biggest crisis since it was created in the 1950 s.