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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 10- Amazon.com Inc got approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to sell its high-end Kindle Fire 4 G tablets, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Amazon unveiled the new tablets last month, but the devices had not yet secured FCC clearance.

  • -1000-1100 News briefing by Amnesty International to launch report- "Standing Their Ground- rise in forced evictions in China". The Foreign Correspondents' Club, Central. -1500 Wyndham Hotel Group, part of Wyndham Worldwide Corp.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 11- Australian shares fell 0.6 percent early on Thursday, following weak leads from Wall Street as U.S. equities sank on corporate warnings of slower growth, with investors waiting on local jobs data later in the morning for an update on the domestic economy.

  • TOKYO, Oct 11- Japan's Nikkei average is set to fall for a third straight session on Thursday on mounting concerns that the upcoming quarterly corporate earnings will be weak after a tame start to the U.S. results season.

  • ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- Eastman Kodak Co. said Wednesday it has asked a bankruptcy court judge to allow it to end retiree medical and some other benefits at the end of the year as part of its restructuring.

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 11- Shares in mineral sands miner Iluka Resources fell as much as 8.7 percent in early trade on Thursday after it reported a sharp slump in first quarter revenue.

  • *Directors have agreed, following confirmation of his board appointment at. agm, Graeme Kaufman will assume chairmanship. *Says chairman of the board Chris Fullerton to retire on 31 December, 2012.

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 11- Shares in Lynas Corp Ltd. slid 19 percent on Thursday after the company said it would not be able to start production in October at its Malaysian rare earths plant because a court had extended a hold on its operating licence to Nov. 8.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 11- The directors of troubled Bumi Plc, one of the world's largest thermal coal exporters, hold a board meeting on Thursday as the future of the company created by British financier Nat Rothschild and Indonesia's Bakrie family hangs in the balance. The Bakries and Tan each hold half of a 47.6 percent stake in Bumi Plc, while Rothschild owns 12 percent.

  • NEW YORK-- Standard& Poor's downgraded its rating on Spain's debt Wednesday by two notches, leaving it on the cusp of junk status. S&P also assigned a negative outlook to the rating, saying it could be further downgraded if Spain's economic conditions erode further.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 11- Australia's competition regulator on Thursday blocked Seven Group Holdings from bidding for Consolidated Media Holdings, clearing the way for Rupert Murdoch's News Corp to go ahead with its $2 billion agreed offer.

  • ANAHEIM, Calif.-- An increasing number of tourists are finding a way to save $40 or more on day passes to California's Disney theme parks by "renting" one day of a multi-day park hopper pass _ and the practice is giving Disneyland a run for its money.

  • MILAN, Oct 11- Italy will pay slightly more than a month ago to borrow over three years at a bond auction on Thursday, a sign of renewed doubts over the euro zone's ability to end its debt crisis due to Spain's dithering over aid.

  • *Alison kutler joins Visa as head of government policy for the americas. *Says previously kutler was vice president, external affairs at rio tinto,. *Source text* Further company coverage ().

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 10- China's Lenovo Group Ltd. to become the world's No. 1 PC maker in the third quarter, according to new data released by research house Gartner on Wednesday. A rival to Gartner, IDC, still ranks HP in the lead-- but by less than half a percentage point-- in terms of PC shipments worldwide.

  • AMSTERDAM, Oct 11- Oil major Royal Dutch Shell Plc will defend its environmental record in the Niger Delta on Thursday as it faces a lawsuit that may set a precedent for damage claims related to the activities of international companies. Plaintiffs are four Nigerians and campaigning group Friends of the Earth.

  • Oct 11- Sonic Healthcare Ltd:. *Accc says will oppose proposed acquisition by Sonic Healthcare of healthscope. limited's pathology business in Queensland.

  • AMSTERDAM, Oct 11- ING said it has agreed to sell its Malaysian insurance unit to pan-Asian insurer AIA Group Ltd for 1.3 billion euros in cash, kicking off the Dutch group's long-awaited divestment of Asian assets.

  • Oct 11- Australian Competition and Consumer Commission:. *ACCC to oppose Seven Group holding's poroposed acquisition o. *ACCC says proposed acquisition is likely to result in a substantial lessening.

  • SEOUL, Oct 11- Following is a list of events in South Korea as well as news stories and press reports that may influence financial markets. TOP STORIES> Toyota recalls 7.4 mln vehicles over window switch. *The S&P 500 fell for a fourth day on Wednesday, weighed down by disappointing news from Chevron and Alcoa as the latest earnings season got under way.