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  • LONDON, Oct 8- The decline in British house prices eased unexpectedly in September and surveyors forecast that sales would pick up in the wake of government efforts to make mortgages more readily available, a survey showed on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 8- A man was arrested on Monday on suspicion of defacing a painting by the Russian-American artist Mark Rothko in London's Tate Modern museum. The 26- year-old was detained at about 9 p.m. in connection with a case of criminal damage, London's Metropolitan Police said.

  • By Matt Falloon and Guy Faulconbridge. BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 8- Britain's Conservatives would slash government spending on welfare by 10 billion pounds a year if re-elected, finance minister George Osborne said on Monday, though he offered few ideas on how to bring the economy out of recession.

  • IMF cuts UK growth forecasts for 2012 and 2013 Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 5:30 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 8- The International Monetary Fund cut its economic forecasts for Britain on Monday, and said more Bank of England stimulus-- and possibly higher public spending or tax cuts-- may be needed if the outlook darkens.

  • *No agreement yet by Britain, France, Germany on stakes. LONDON/ PARIS, Oct 8- Britain turned up the volume in a dispute over French state involvement in any tie-up of aerospace groups EADS and BAE Systems on Monday, leaving the European mega-merger on a knife-edge less than 48 hours before a deadline for the deal.

  • At a glance: Oil falls after World Bank warning Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- A strong warning from the World Bank that growth in Asia may slow further dragged the price of oil Monday to its lowest close in two months. _ Benchmark crude fell 55 cents to close at $89.33 in New York. On the ICE Futures Exchange in London:.

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 8- Germany's markets regulator signalled support on Monday for the proposals of an EU advisory group that last week called for banks' deposit-taking business to be legally separated from higher-risk activities.

  • Frustrated investors try to weigh up EADS-BAE deal Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:04 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 8- Investors in EADS and BAE Systems are increasingly frustrated at the political wrangling over their proposed, $45- billion merger, concerned they are being frozen out of the decision-making and are unable to run their numbers.

  • Heat arrive in China for preseason games Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:52 PM ET

    MIAMI-- LeBron James is visiting China for the ninth time, which makes him one of the resident Miami Heat experts about the world's most populous nation. So maybe it's fortunate that the coming week won't exactly include a ton of free time for the Heat, who arrived in Beijing on Monday night for a weeklong trip.

  • Stocks lower on weak outlook for 3Q, Asian economy Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:23 PM ET

    Investors looked warily at forecasts for poor U.S. corporate earnings and weaker growth in Asia and decided there wasn't much reason to buy stocks. Companies in the S&P 500 index are expected to post an overall decline in profits for the first time in 11 quarters, according to FactSet.

  • Maine's 6 Senate hopefuls all hail from elsewhere Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:12 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine-- Maine has always been proud of the commodities it claims as homegrown, among them Stephen King, L.L. Bean, lobster, and a host of political icons including Edmund Muskie, George Mitchell and Olympia Snowe. Independent Angus King hails from Alexandria, Va., attended Dartmouth College and moved to Maine, where he has settled in Brunswick.

  • BG sees decades more of oil-linked LNG sales Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:00 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 8- Liquefied natural gas will continue to be benchmarked to oil prices for several more decades, outgoing BG Group Chief Executive Frank Chapman said on Monday, despite complaints by top Asian importers that supplies are unaffordable.

  • DUBLIN, Oct 8- The Irish central bank on Monday announced the names of six lenders under investigation over mis-selling payment protection insurance and said it was considering enforcement action against them.

  • Britain picks up 7 International Emmy nominations Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:39 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- British television productions received a leading seven International Emmy nominations Monday, including best actor and actress nods for Jason Isaacs in "Case Histories" and newcomer Joanna Vanderham in "The Runaway."

  • Man claims responsibility for defacing Rothko Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:31 PM ET

    LONDON-- A Russian man has claimed responsibility for scrawling graffiti on a mural by modern American master Mark Rothko at London's Tate Modern museum, saying Monday he never intended to decrease the work's value. The defaced painting was one of a series intended to decorate the Four Seasons restaurant in New York.

  • LONDON, Oct 8- Aer Lingus Group PLC:. *Aer Lingus statement regarding pension discussions. *Continues to be engaged in the lrc process in order to find an appropriate.

  • CORRECTED-Med Crude-Urals stable in Baltic Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:17 PM 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.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 8- Britain is prepared to explore the possibility of France and Germany both having equal, single-digit stakes in any merger between defence firms EADS and BAE Systems, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Monday. "I think if we were at that position it would be possible to construct something.

  • Liikanen ideas worth considering -German watchdog Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:05 PM ET

    FRANKFURT, Oct 8- Germany's markets regulator signalled support for the proposals of an EU advisory group led by Bank of Finland Governor Erkki Liikanen, which called last week for banks' deposit-taking business to be legally separated from higher-risk activities.

  • LONDON, Oct 8- A UBS trader raised the issue of a "slush account" in an electronic chat with Kweku Adoboli months before he was arrested over allegations he lost the Swiss bank $2.3 billion, a London court heard on Monday.