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  • Morgan Stanley's Qatar head Khalid al-Subeai resigned last week to join the investment banking division of unlisted Barwa Bank, while Goldman's Qatar Chief Executive Tamim al-Kawari has joined investment bank QInvest, part-owned by Qatar Islamic Bank, as deputy CEO, according to several sources aware of the matter.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 8- Gazprom on Monday launched the second line of the Nord Stream pipeline which brings Russian gas to Germany via the bed of the Baltic Sea, but actual gas volumes remained unchanged due to lack of sufficient growth in demand.

  • 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.

  • LONDON, Oct 8- Dexion Equity Alternative Ltd:. *Alt.- recommended proposals for a voluntary winding up. *Believes it is appropriate to proceed directly with members' voluntary.

  • By Marc Jones and Aimee Donnellan. LONDON, Oct 8- The European Central Bank will end its second covered bond purchase programme at the start of November as planned, euro zone monetary sources say, despite having spent less than half the money set aside for it.

  • U.S. stocks declined after the World Bank cut growth forecasts for East Asia, highlighting concerns about the global economic climate and corporate profits on the cusp of the quarterly earnings season. **GREEN DOT CORP, $10.55, down 17.9 pct. **NETSPEND HOLDINGS INC, $10.00, down 6.98 pct.

  • *Marathon to purchase refinery for $598 million. Oct 8- Marathon Petroleum Corp struck a deal to buy BP's Texas City refinery and related infrastructure for up to $2.5 billion, a purchase that would make Marathon the fourth-largest refiner in the United States.

  • Oct 8- Vringo Infrastructure Inc, a unit of mobile phone software maker Vringo Inc, filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the UK unit of Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp, driving up Vringo's shares by as much as 21 percent in early trading.

  • LONDON, Oct 8- The European Stability Mechanism has appointed Deutsche Bank, RBS and SG CIB to arrange investor meetings across Europe in early November, bank sources said. The roadshow will take place in London, Frankfurt and Paris, with sources saying the eurozone sovereign rescue fund will target its first bond offering for early January.

  • *Britain to adopt similar moves sooner. BRUSSELS, Oct 8- The European Commission may draw up rules for rescuing and closing down failing clearing houses and insurers, as regulators across the world seek to prevent collapsed businesses from wreaking havoc in financial markets.

  • OSLO, Oct 8- Output from the Royal Dutch Shell- operated Nyhamna gas processing plant in Norway would be reduced on Tuesday, after it experience an unplanned outage on Monday, the gas system operator Gassco said. The plant, which processes gas from the giant offshore Ormen Lange gas field before it is shipped to Britain, was expected to restart by 2000 GMT on Monday.

  • *World Bank says China economic slowdown could get worse. The World Bank on Monday cut its economic growth forecasts for East Asia and the Pacific region, home to two of the world's largest oil consumers, and said there was a risk the slowdown in China could be deeper and more prolonged than expected.

  • 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. The World Bank signaled the possibility of a "more pronounced slowdown" in China, the world's second largest economy after the United States.

  • Oct 8- Fitch Ratings has affirmed European Rail Finance Holdings Limited's Long-term Issuer Default Rating at' BBB+' with a Stable Outlook and simultaneously withdrawn the rating. The bonds are guaranteed by EIL, ERFL Holdings, and other companies, all owned by EIL, together known as Eversholt Rail Group.

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    The U.K.s triple-A credit rating may be in doubt but finance minister George Osborne has told CNBC that the countrys austerity drive has attracted overseas investment and that he will continue to tackle the debt problems head on.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 8- The European Union accused the United States of breaching confidentiality surrounding the filing of economically sensitive documents on the funding of the Airbus A350 in the latest twist to a long-running aircraft subsidy dispute.

  • LONDON, Oct 8- A UBS analyst who queried deals booked by accused fraudster Kweku Adoboli thought his trading desk was "very messy" but did not suspect anything illegal, a London court heard on Monday. Adoboli, 32, is on trial at Southwark Crown Court accused of fraud and false accounting that cost UBS $2.3 billion.

  • LAGOS, Nigeria-- The United Kingdom's business secretary said Monday that a bill to overhaul Nigeria's oil industry should be focused on what helps the West African nation, rather than what benefits the foreign oil companies working there.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 8- U.S. stocks fell on Monday after the World Bank cut its growth forecasts for East Asia, underscoring concerns about the global economic climate and corporate profits on the cusp of the kickoff of the quarterly earnings season. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 16.92 points, or 0.54 percent, at 3,119.27.

  • *Oil dips below $112 as World Bank cuts Asian growth outlook. LONDON, Oct 8- Stocks and oil prices fell on Monday after the World Bank cut its growth forecast for China, adding to concerns about the outlook for the global economy and corporate earnings.