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  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 9- A referendum on Britain's ties with the European Union would be the best way of agreeing a fresh settlement with the 27- member bloc, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday, as pressure mounts within his party for a vote. The Conservative Party's restive "eurosceptic" right wing is clamouring to claw back powers from Brussels.

  • Most of the net buying has focused on non-euro countries UK and Sweden while investors were small net buyers of Italy in September, the analysts write. However Spain, which saw its main stock index rally strongly over the summer, has continued to see net selling.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- Slovenia has hired BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan to arrange investor meetings in the United States ahead of a critical dollar bond issue, according to banking sources.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- Emerging stocks were little changed on Tuesday as hopes that China's markets could be opened up further to offshore investors counterbalanced growth warnings from the International Monetary Fund.

  • An important factor in the New Zealand dollar's favour is the performance of prices for the country's main commodity exports. Dairy prices, an important export for New Zealand, are set to remain high and New Zealand's dairy industry may benefit more than usual given U.S. rivals have been hit by the worst drought in half a century.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- Iraq's oil exports are expected to rise to their highest in decades this month and production is on course to more than double by 2020, as it cements its place as OPEC's second-biggest producer after Saudi Arabia.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 9- Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka warned patients on Tuesday about unproven "stem cell therapies" offered at clinics and hospitals in a growing number of countries, saying they were highly risky.

  • *Oil jumps on supply concerns as Middle East tension mounts* Uncertainty over Spain and Greece pressures euro By Richard Hubbard. LONDON, Oct 9- A stark warning from the IMF about the global growth outlook and the prospects for Spain and Greece sent European stocks and the single currency lower on Tuesday, while oil rose on escalating tensions in the Middle East.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- Slovenia, rated Baa2/A/A-, has hired BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan to arrange investor meetings in the United States ahead of a potential dollar bond issue, according to banking sources.

  • Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Monday the "worst-case scenarios" between his country and Syria were now playing out, fuelling concerns that the 18- month-old conflict in Syria may spread to other countries in the region.

  • Major Russian phone operator to go public Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:39 AM ET

    MOSCOW-- Russia's second-largest mobile phone operator MegaFon says it will go public in London and Moscow in November. MegaFon, the last of Russia's big three mobile company to hold an IPO, said on Tuesday in a regulatory filing that it would sell an unspecified amount of stock at Moscow's MICEX and the London Stock Exchange by year-end.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- Rambler Metals& Mining PLC:. *Rambler buys out 1% net smelter royalty on the ming mine property. *Consideration for nsr C $500,000.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- Warehouse owner and developer PointPark Properties plans to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange, to raise 250 million pounds to help fund the purchase of a property portfolio and reduce debt.

  • UPDATE 1-Mitie moves into home care with Enara buy Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:34 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 9- Mitie spent 111 million pounds on home care firm Enara on Tuesday, marking its first move into Britain's expanding outsourced health and social care sector. Mitie said it aimed to benefit from the UK's ageing population and cost pressures forcing a shift from hospitals and residential care homes towards greater care in the community.

  • European shares edge lower on earnings concerns Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:26 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 9- European shares gave up early gains and turned negative on Tuesday as concerns over slowing global growth and its impact on corporate earnings weighed, although charts signaled a bounce back.

  • Hacked UK police blogger wins damages from Times Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:18 AM ET

    LONDON-- A police blogger unmasked after the Times of London hacked his email has been awarded 42,500 pounds in damages from the newspaper's publisher. Rupert Murdoch's News International, which publishes the Times, said Tuesday it had agreed to pay damages and legal costs for Richard Horton.

  • UK spot gas prices rise on shaky Norwegian flows Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:16 AM ET

    *UK gas demand 5 pct below seasonal norm. LONDON, Oct 9- British prompt gas prices rose on Tuesday morning as renewed problems with Norwegian exports reduced supplies to the UK. pence at 0845 GMT, and gas for delivery the next day rose by 1.4 pence to 63.70 pence per therm.

  • World stocks stall amid global growth warnings Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:12 AM ET

    A day before, the World Bank issued a warning about a slackening expansion in Asia. Britain's FTSE 100 fell more than 0.2 percent to 5,827.72. The picture was not as bleak in Asia, where stock market performance was mixed.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 9- British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Tuesday he hoped to meet his French, German and U.S. counterparts to discuss the proposed merger of aerospace groups EADS and BAE Systems, a day before a deadline for the deal.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- British factory output fell more than expected in August and the country's trade deficit widened sharply, data showed on Tuesday, dampening prospects of a sustained recovery in the second half of 2012..