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  • *China, Europe services PMI disappoint. NEW YORK, Oct 3- Oil prices fell sharply on Wednesday as disappointing economic data from China and Europe reinforced concerns about slowing growth and weak petroleum demand, even as supportive U.S. data strengthened the dollar.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 3- Britain warned on Wednesday it would be unacceptable for the European Central Bank to have too dominant a role in a new system of supervision designed to watch over the region's banks.

  • "The tighter October loading schedule has pushed the front-end of the Brent CFD curve into steep backwardation while Platts is assessing Forties at the highest premiums to the 10-25 day Brent strip since late August," said Eugene Lindell, senior crude market analyst at JBC Energy in Vienna. Total bid Oct. 20-24 Forties to dated plus 45 cents and.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Crude oil tanker earnings on the major Middle East route were weaker on Wednesday as slow business and a surplus of vessel availability took their toll on rate sentiment.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- The discovery by NASA rover Curiosity of evidence that water once flowed on Mars- the most Earth-like planet in the solar system- should intensify interest in what the future could hold for mankind.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Oct 3- South African stocks ended slightly lower on Wednesday, falling for a second day, with Kumba Iron Ore tumbling nearly 5 percent as wildcat strikes plaguing the mining industry spread to one of its mines. Pick n Pay, South Africa's No.2 grocer, jumped 4.8 percent to 46.47 rand after it named the former UK head of Tesco.

  • By Huw Jones and Steve Slater. LONDON, Oct 3- The European Union's banking watchdog is sticking to a target for banks to raise more capital to help shield them from the euro zone debt crisis, despite pressure to ease it.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Oct 2- South African stocks ended slightly lower on Wednesday, falling for a second day, with Kumba Iron Ore tumbling nearly 5 percent as wildcat strikes plaguing the mining industry spread to one of its mines. Pick n Pay, South Africa's No.2 grocer, jumped 4.8 percent to 46.47 rand after it named the former UK head of Tesco.

  • LONDON, Sept 7- The discovery by NASA rover Curiosity of evidence that water once flowed on Mars- the most Earth-like planet in the solar system- should intensify interest in what the future could hold for mankind.

  • By Neil Maidment LONDON, Oct 3- British outsourcing firm Capita. The trade union representing staff under Capita's existing contract said the coalition government is likely to award the deal to Tata Consultancy Services, part of India's salt-to-steel conglomerate Tata Group.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- European shares edged lower on Wednesday as the twin concerns of Spain, focal point of the regional debt crisis, and global growth capped momentum and kept indexes within their recent tight trading ranges.

  • LONDON-- Europe's banks have raised an extra 205 billion in fresh capital since December in a bid to meet new rules aimed at strengthening the ailing sector, an EU regulator said Wednesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- The UK Shareholders' Association said on Wednesday it had written to the chairman of BAE Systems. and the UK Takeover Panel to insist those who own shares in the British defence company via nominee accounts be allowed to vote on a mooted $45 billion merger with Airbus parent EADS.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 3- European Union lawmakers should rethink their decision to bolster "monopolies" in processing vast swathes of derivatives transactions from next year, Britain said on Wednesday.

  • *Economy Minister to meet potential investors in London. MADRID, Oct 3- Spain's Economy Minister will meet investors in London on Thursday in the hope of tempting them to buy into a' bad bank' that will house billions of euros of the country's soured real estate assets.

  • *China, Europe services PMI disappoint. LONDON, Oct 3- Oil fell sharply on Wednesday as weak economic data from Europe and China dimmed the outlook for demand, adding to concerns arising from Europe's festering debt crisis. Brent November crude futures had fallen $3.27 to $108.30 a barrel by 1454 GMT.

  • The latest expansion in global output was heavily reliant on the United States, where economic activity rose at the fastest pace since March, JPMorgan said. Britain, Brazil, Russia and Ireland also saw output increase. The index combines survey data from countries including the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia.

  • *Jimmy Savile, household name in UK, knighted by queen. *But child abuse claims have shattered his public image By Michael Holden.

  • LOS ANGELES-- Over the last 50 years, the owners of the James Bond movie franchise have had heart-stopping crises as thrilling as the ones that face their fictional secret agent. "Cubby used to say, `This is the goose that laid the golden egg, keep it safe,'" said Broccoli's youngest daughter, Barbara, now the series' co-producer, in a phone interview from London. "

  • LONDON, Oct 3- The European Banking Authority said on Wednesday that lenders across the European Union will have to maintain a capital buffer equivalent to 9 percent of their risk-weighted assets indefinitely.