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  • FORD RETREATS: After an extended sales slump in Europe, Ford announced the closure of its factory in in eastern Belgium _ one of its main European factories. Ford expects to lose more than $1 billion this year in Europe. HUMAN TOLL: Ford's factory in Genk Ford Genk represents more than 30 percent of the car production in Belgium.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 23- European Union countries will examine a plan this week to allow the ECB to supervise banks in states outside the euro zone alongside those within the currency area, according to an EU document that lays down limits on the central bank's role.

  • MIDLAND, Mich.-- The Dow Chemical Co. will eliminate about 2,400 jobs and close roughly 20 manufacturing facilities as part of a restructuring plan aimed at coping with slowing economic growth in Europe and elsewhere.

  • *Sluggish demand in China, more stimulus unlikely now. LONDON, Oct 23- Copper slid to a six-week low on Tuesday, giving up more gains from its September rally, as a strong dollar, renewed worries over Spain's sovereign debt and a lack of robust demand from China knocked investor risk appetite.

  • The euro fell to $1.3023 in late trading Friday from $1.3061 late Thursday. The British pound fell to $1.6014 from $1.6062. The dollar rose to 79.28 Japanese yen from 79.23 yen, to 0.9285 Swiss franc from 0.9253 Swiss franc and to 99.34 Canadian cents from 98.53 Canadian cents.

  • NEW YORK-- Earlier this month, NBA rookie Royce White disclosed that he is afraid to fly and said he expects to travel by bus to play in at least some of the basketball games for his team, the Houston Rockets.

  • BANGKOK-- Oil prices fell slightly Friday as traders awaited the end of a two-day European Union summit on shoring up the region's stricken banks. Benchmark crude for November delivery was down 12 cents to $91.98 a barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • Britain's FTSE 100 lost 0.1 percent to 5,910.04 in early trading. Microsoft said net income fell a worse-than-expected 22 percent to $4.47 billion in the fiscal first quarter, which ended Sept. 30. BB&T bank, Philip Morris International and Boston Scientific also reported results that fell short of forecasts.

  • Although the leaders meeting in Brussels said their decisions on the watchdog _ the single supervisory mechanism _ were key to shoring up lenders and eventually giving them access to loans from Europe's bailout fund, many observers were struggling to figure out exactly what had been achieved.

  • BANGKOK-- Oil prices were nearly flat Friday as traders awaited the end of a two-day European Union summit on shoring up the region's stricken banks. Benchmark crude for November delivery was down 2 cents to $92.08 a barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • Markets in mainland China, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and India were down. Microsoft said net income fell a worse-than-expected 22 percent to $4.47 billion in the fiscal first quarter, which ended Sept. 30. Microsoft shares fell in after-hours trading.

  • European Union leaders opened a two-day meeting in Brussels on Thursday and took a critical step by agreeing to create a banking supervisor to oversee institutions in the 17 countries using the euro. South Korea's Kospi lost 0.9 percent to 1,942.47 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.1 percent to 4,554.50.

  • BRUSSELS-- European Union leaders agreed early Friday to create a single supervisor for banks in countries that use the euro _ without saying when it would become fully operational.

  • BRUSSELS-- European Union leaders announced early Friday they had agreed to create a single supervisor for banks in countries that use the euro _ without saying when it would become fully operational.

  • BRUSSELS-- European Union leaders announced early Friday they had agreed to create a single supervisor for banks in countries that use the euro, and said it would "probably" become operational sometime next year. France has been pushing to get all 6,000 banks in the 17 euro countries under the supervision of one European body by the end of this year.

  • SCRAPPING: European Union leaders are tussling at a Brussels summit over how much power to cede to central authorities to ensure their debt crisis never repeats itself.

  • DESCENT INTO VIOLENCE: Hundreds of youths pelted riot police with fire bombs, bottles and chunks of marble at a Greek anti-austerity demonstration, less than a month after more intense clashes broke out during a similar protest.

  • BRUSSELS-- European Union leaders are tussling over how much power they want to cede to central authorities during a summit meeting in Brussels focused on how to ensure their debt crisis never repeats itself.

  • BRUSSELS-- European leaders were drawing battle lines Thursday as they headed for a summit in Brussels, with France pushing back against Germany's call for a new czar with wide powers to veto countries' budgets.

  • Though expectations have diminished in recent days that the 27- nation EU will agree on the terms of a banking union, investors are keen to hear updates on the economic fate of Spain, as well as Greece, which appears to be near to securing its next batch of bailout cash.