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  • By Saeed Azhar and Kelvin Soh SINGAPORE/ HONG KONG, Oct 4- Standard Chartered's. Six of Standard Chartered's 16 directors hold executive positions at the bank, including CEO Peter Sands, Finance Director Richard Meddings and Asia Chief Executive Jaspal Bindra.

  • *James Bond films celebrate 50 years on Friday. LONDON, Oct 4- As a new documentary shows, the real story behind the James Bond film franchise is almost as dramatic as the 007 fantasies themselves, full of twists and turns, personality clashes, heroes, villains, beautiful women and narrow escapes.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- A leading media watchdog has accused Iran of trying to cow journalists into silence and self-censorship, adding to international pressure on Tehran over its treatment of activists and the press.

  • *FTSE 100 falls 0.2 pct, sheds early gains. LONDON, Oct 4- UK shares turned lower on Thursday, hit by concerns over bailout talks in Greece and tensions in the Middle East, ahead of central bank meetings in Britain and Europe that are unlikely to generate new stimulus moves. By 0836 GMT, the UK's FTSE 100.

  • *Spain expected to ask for euro zone financial bailout. *Unrest in Iran, Turkey- Syria raise geopolitical worries. LONDON, Oct 4- Brent crude oil rose towards $109 per barrel on Thursday as expectations Spain would seek a bailout and better U.S. data encouraged investors back into riskier assets such as oil and commodities.

  • MOSCOW-- Steelmaker Evraz is to gain control of one of Russia's largest coal mines after acquiring a half stake in Cyprus- based investment vehicle Corber Enterprises for an undisclosed sum.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Poland's goal of reducing dependence on Russian gas took a step forward on Thursday after it secured the final investments to start construction of its first liquefied natural gas terminal.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- The European Commission's ambition for a single energy market conflicts with aims in Britain and other countries to boost their own national energy security by paying investors to ensure gas-fired power capacity is available several years ahead.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- European shares fell on Thursday, erasing earlier gains, with traders citing a variety of concerns including the lack of progress in Greece's discussions with international lenders and Middle East tensions. The FTSEurofirst 300 index was down 0.1 percent at 1,099.11 points, while the euro zone Euro STOXX 50 index.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Poland's goal of reducing dependence on Russian gas took a step forward on Thursday after it secured the final investments to start construction of its first liquefied natural gas terminal.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 pct, Euro STOXX 50 rises 0.4 pct. LONDON, Oct 4- European shares rose on Thursday, with banks the best performing sector on relief that an update from regulators on the health of the industry painted a less gloomy picture than some had feared. rose 0.7 percent, after traders expressed relief over the update from the European Banking Authority.

  • DUBAI, Oct 4- Falcon Private Bank, a Swiss-based wealth manager owned by Abu Dhabi fund Aabar Investments, has agreed to acquire Clariden Leu, a fully-owned subsidiary of Credit Suisse, a statement from Falcon said on Thursday. London- based Clariden Leu had assets under management of over 2 billion Swiss Francs as of August 31, 2012.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- British car sales rose by a stronger-than-expected 8.2 percent on the year in September, a key month for the auto industry as it marks a twice-yearly change in vehicle registration plates.

  • rose on Thursday, bucking falls on local stock markets on news that the country's largest steel maker Evraz. Evraz, which had owned about 40 percent of Raspadskaya indirectly up to this point, fell however 3.4 percent in London, surprising some analysts.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 4- Evraz, Russia's largest steelmaker, is to take a majority stake in coal miner Raspadskaya in an $800 million cash and share deal designed to give it more control over the supply of coking coal, a key ingredient in steelmaking.

  • OSLO, Oct 4- Norwegian gas exports to Europe remained broadly stable on Thursday morning, data from Norway's gas system operator Gassco showed. Exports to Europe including Britain totalled 290 million cubic metres per day at 0615 GMT compared to 289.7 mcm daily average on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- London- listed shares in Russia's Evraz fell more than 4 percent in early trade on Thursday after the steelmaker announced a plan to increase its share in coal miner Raspadskaya to an indirect 82 percent holding.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- European shares rose on Thursday as better economic data from the United States eased fears over global growth, while the euro strengthened ahead of an European Central Bank policy meeting later where is expected to keep rates unchanged.

  • LONDON Oct 4- Britain's top share index rose early on Thursday, echoing gains overnight in Asia but sticking within its tight recent range as investors wait for further catalysts to drive the next leg of the equity rally.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- European shares rose on Thursday but continued to trade in a tight range, with banks the best-performing sector ahead of the latest European Central Bank rate setting meeting.