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  • LONDON, Oct 7- Australian central bank chief Glenn Stevens has been approached by British Treasury officials seeking a new head for the Bank of England after governor Mervyn King steps down next year, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.

  • LONDON, Oct 7- A painting by Russian-American artist Mark Rothko was defaced by a visitor to London's Tate Modern museum on Sunday and a spokeswoman said police were investigating.

  • *Cameron says Britain must keep a free press. LONDON, Oct 7- Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain would avoid "heavy-handed state intervention" of its national press after phone hacking victims urged him on Sunday to remain open-minded about the recommendations of an inquiry into media ethics.

  • PARIS, Oct 7- The chief executive of French luxury group LVMH, Bernard Arnault, is set to be knighted in London for his contributions to the British luxury industry, an LVMH spokesman said on Sunday. With the knighthood, Arnault will join such personalities as Bill Gates, Stephen Spielberg and Placido Domingo, all of whom have been similarly honored.

  • LONDON-- A letter in which Albert Einstein dismissed the idea of God as a product of human weakness is being sold on eBay for a starting price of $3 million. The letter, handwritten in 1954, a year before Einstein's death, was addressed to philosopher Eric Gutkind.

  • *France, Germany and UK battling over state role in group. BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7- Britain will block the proposed $45 billion merger between EADS and BAE Systems if key "red line" priorities are not met, defence minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday, just three days before a deadline for detailing the deal.

  • *France, Germany and Britain battling over state role in group. BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7- The proposed $45 billion merger between EADS and BAE Systems must ensure British security and jobs are preserved, finance minister George Osborne said on Sunday, just three days before a deadline for detailing the deal.

  • LONDON, Oct 7- Britain will veto the proposed $45 billion merger between EADS and BAE Systems if its "red line" conditions are not met, British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday. He told BBC radio the merged aerospace-defence group could not be controlled by any one government.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7- The proposed $45 billion merger between EADS and BAE Systems must ensure British security and jobs are preserved, finance minister George Osborne said on Sunday, just three days before a deadline for detailing the deal.

  • *UK faces choice of deeper cuts or longer austerity. By Guy Faulconbridge and Matt Falloon.

  • Sunday Times GERMAN THREAT TO BLOCK BAE DEAL Germany has threatened to scupper the 28 billion pound merger of BAE Systems and EADS unless the headquarters of the combined company is located in Munich.

  • LONDON, Oct 7- Part state-owned Lloyds Banking Group is embroiled in a dispute with Britain's financial watchdog over its plans to return cash to shareholders, the Sunday Times reported.

  • LONDON, Oct 7- Australian central bank chief Glenn Stevens has been approached by British Treasury officials seeking a new head for the Bank of England after governor Mervyn King steps down next year, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.

  • LONDON-- Dozens of Britons who believe their phones were illegally tapped by journalists have written to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to consider tighter press regulation.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7- The proposed $45 billion merger between EADS and BAE Systems must ensure British security and jobs are preserved, finance minister George Osborne said on Sunday, just three days before a deadline for detailing the deal.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7- Britain must find more spending cuts to reduce the budget deficit up to the next election and beyond, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday, underlining the government's tough task of fixing the economy and winning back waning public support.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7- Britain said on Sunday that any merger between EADS and BAE must ensure that British national security and jobs are preserved.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7- Britain must find more spending cuts to reduce the budget deficit, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday, after a return recession this year raised speculation the government was set to miss its own deficit reduction targets.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7- Britain must find more spending cuts to reduce the budget deficit, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday, after a return recession this year raised speculation the government was set to miss its own deficit reduction targets.

  • LONDON, Oct 7- Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday he would use Britain's veto to scupper European Union budget talks if necessary, warning the 27- nation bloc it needed to learn to live within its means. Cameron suggested the EU should split its budget into two- one for the euro zone and one for the countries outside the single currency, including Britain.