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  • *UK gave him political asylum. LONDON, Nov 6- Mukhtar Ablyazov, a fugitive oligarch accused of embezzling more than $5 billion, was labelled ``devious'' and ``cynical'' by judges on Tuesday as his former Kazakh bank BTA prepared to pounce on his assets.

  • *Vacancies also dropping in Europe, Asia- study. LONDON, Nov 6- London's financial sector will lay off 13,000 staff in 2013, cutting employment in a key UK economic sector to a 20- year low, as job vacancies also drop in Europe and even Asia, studies showed.

  • U.S. gasoline futures pushed higher as the effort to restart the New York Harbor energy network after Hurricane Sandy hit a bump on Monday when Phillips 66 said its Bayway refinery in Linden, New Jersey, will take two to three weeks to resume operations.

  • PARIS, Nov 6- Pernod Ricard plans to tap Africa's thirst for whisky, vodka and cognac at a time when China is slowing and bets the continent will become a key growth area for the French spirits group within 10 years.

  • Christos Bagios, formerly employed by Swiss financial giants UBS AG and Credit Suisse Group AG, changed his earlier plea from not guilty in the U.S. District Court for Southern Florida. A Greek citizen and Swiss resident, Bagios was sentenced by Judge Kenneth Marra to time already served, including 37 days in prison and nearly 19 months under house arrest in Miami.

  • NYSE said on Tuesday it was ahead of schedule in a $250 million cost-cutting plan launched earlier this year, although savings had yet to show through on the bottom line as revenue fell faster than costs.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 6- World stock markets rose on Tuesday as American voters went to the polls, with the tightly fought U.S. presidential election keeping trade subdued, while the euro held steady despite uncertainty over Greece's next financial aid payment.

  • *Robusta hits lowest level since February, Vietnam crop weighs. LONDON, Nov 6- Robusta coffee futures on Liffe fell to a nine-month low on Tuesday with the market weighed by the prospect of a large harvest in Vietnam while ICE arabica coffee turned higher after setting a 4-1/ 2 month low.

  • LONDON, Nov 6- Dealers on Europe's energy market commonly trade coal, gas or power at a loss to push up profits on futures prices, industry sources say, a practice that regulators want to stop.

  • *Divergent views on Greece's euro zone future fuel trade. LONDON, Nov 6- The Greek bond market is springing back to life as hedge funds bet on whether parliament approves more budget cuts to unlock vital foreign aid, or rejects them and threatens a default.

  • *Euro steady after hitting two-month low before Greece votes. NEW YORK, Nov 6- World stock markets inched higher on Tuesday as investors awaited the results of a close U.S. presidential election, while the euro held steady despite uncertainty over Greece's next financial aid payment.

  • LONDON, Nov 6- British microprocessing firm Imagination Technologies is to buy the operating business of MIPS Technologies for $60 million in a bid to step up its challenge to an increasingly dominant ARM Holdings.

  • *Greece funding deal unlikely next week- source. LONDON, Nov 6- Brent crude rose above $109 per barrel on Tuesday, tracking a rise in equity markets, while uncertainty over the U.S. election outcome and worries about euro zone crisis remained in focus.

  • FRANKFURT, Nov 5- When the European Parliament turned Yves Mersch down for a top central banking post, it wasn't because he lacked the expertise or experience; they rejected him because he is a man. Mersch, a Luxembourger who is highly regarded by his peers, had been expected to get the job on the European Central Bank's all-male board anyway.

  • LONDON- The fourth quarter has so far brought no improvement in the fortunes of most of Europe's economies, which now risk shrinking more than previously expected, gloomy data shows. ( EUROPE- ECONOMY/, moved, by Andy Bruce, 640 words).

  • LONDON- The fourth quarter has so far brought no improvement in the fortunes of most of Europe's economies, which now risk shrinking more than previously expected, gloomy data shows. ( EUROPE- ECONOMY/, moved, by Andy Bruce, 640 words).

  • *China spot copper demand still sluggish. Worries about a fiscal cliff in the U.S., an upcoming leadership transition in China and Greece's strike over a new austerity package also kept sentiment in check. Federal Reserve, the promise of bond buying by the European Central Bank and stimulus measures in Japan and China.

  • LONDON, Nov 6- Natural gas will struggle beyond niche applications in U.S. transport despite a widening discount to rival fuels, given a shortfall in distribution compared with gasoline, biofuels and electric vehicles. Shale gas production has up-ended power generation, under-cutting the economics of older coal plants and new nuclear.

  • *Robusta hits lowest level since March, Vietnam crop weighs. LONDON, Nov 6- Robusta coffee futures on Liffe fell to an eight-month low on Tuesday with the market weighed by the prospect of a large harvest in Vietnam while ICE arabica coffee turned higher after setting a 4-1/ 2 month low during the prior session.

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