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  • LONDON, Oct 9- Clean tanker rates for refined petroleum products on top export routes were broadly steady on Tuesday with lighter business capping earnings in the transatlantic market.

  • LOS ANGELES-- NBC slashes Jay Leno's "Tonight" pay in half, but forks out more than $8 billion to renew its broadcast rights to Sunday Night Football. Yes, according to observers, who say NBC is making the right moves by saving where it can and spending where it should under new owner Comcast Corp..

  • *11 countries back financial transaction tax* Britain, Sweden, free-marketeers strongly oppose* Greek police battle protesters as Merkel visits Athens* French lawmakers endorse fiscal discipline treaty By John O'Donnell and Harry Papachristou.

  • AMSTERDAM-- World stock markets fell Tuesday on a gloomy forecast from the IMF and worries over Europe's debt crisis ahead of the start of earnings season.

  • *Alcoa settlement also includes alumina supply contracts. DUBAI, Oct 9- Alcoa Inc will pay $85 million in cash and enter long-term raw material supply contracts with Aluminum Bahrain to settle the Bahraini firm's racketeering and fraud lawsuit against Alcoa, the companies said on Tuesday.

  • The banks' action follows interest rate cuts by Denmark and Switzerland to protect their currencies from investors seeking safe haven from the euro. But this revenue source in the kroner and franc has dried up now that Denmark and Switzerland have cut rates.

  • *IPO price range narrowed to 170- 177.5 pence- sources* RBS will sell a minimum 30 percent stake- sources By Matt Scuffham and Kylie MacLellan.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- Oil prices jumped on Tuesday, snapping a string of two lower settlements, as the threat of supply disruption in a tense Middle East countered concerns about slower growth and resulting sluggish demand for oil.

  • *Azeri Nov exports to rise, Iraq cuts OSP for Europe. In the Platts window, BP bid in the Baltic for an Oct 22-26 Urals cargo at dated Brent minus $1.30 a barrel, some 30 cents stronger than on Monday, and Exxon bid for an Oct 20-24 cargo at dated Brent minus $1.35, traders said.

  • *Sources say UK, France propose broad state voting cap. *Germany said to maintain demand for parity with France. PARIS/ LONDON, Oct 9- An Anglo-French breakthrough over state shares in a $45 billion arms merger between EADS and BAE Systems made an extension of a negotiating deadline more likely, but put the two nations on a potential collision course with Germany.

  • --We are raising our long-term credit ratings on Unum Group and its U.S. operating subsidiaries. Rating Action On Oct. 9, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services raised its long-term counterparty credit rating on Unum Group to' BBB' from' BBB-'.

  • Oct. 9- Fitch Ratings has affirmed Groupe BPCE's, BPCE S.A.' s and Natixis's Long-Term Issuer Default Ratings at' A+' and Short-Term IDRs at' F1+'.

  • The banks' action follows interest rate cuts by Denmark and Switzerland to protect their currencies from investors seeking safe haven from the euro. But this revenue source in the kroner and franc has dried up now that Denmark and Switzerland have cut rates.

  • Oct 9- Syrian journalist and writer Samar Yazbek, who was forced into exile after criticising President Bashar al-Assad, has won PEN's Pinter International Writer of Courage Award.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- UK shares fell for a second session on Tuesday, dented by a wary view of Europe's debt troubles and concerns that gloomy global economic data bodes ill for the upcoming corporate earnings season.

  • Thirty-seven years in the making, the $160 million national soccer center at Burton-upon-Trent in central England will be the permanent home for all 24 of England's senior and junior teams and the training base for aspiring coaches.

  • LONDON-- The International Cricket Council has launched an "urgent investigation" following allegations by an Indian television station that several umpires were willing to fix matches for money.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- West African crude oil differentials were under pressure again on Tuesday, as talk that Unipec resold unwanted Angolan cargoes highlighted the limited demand in China. *Qua Iboe: Seen trading around the $2.10 level, little changed from the day before, but below the $2.10 to $2.50 range seen on Friday.

  • NEW YORK-- Airport services provider ABM Industries Inc. said Tuesday that it reached a deal to buy Air Serv Corp. for about $158 million in cash. The company provides facility management services for airlines and freight companies at over 50 airports throughout the U.S. and United Kingdom. ABM shares fell 1 cent to $18.29 in morning trading.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- Alleged rogue trader Kweku Adoboli exposed Swiss bank UBS to billions of dollars of hidden market risk for weeks on end, peaking at nearly $12 billion on Aug. 8 last year, a London court heard on Tuesday.