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  • WARSAW, Oct 5- Beleaguered Polish builder Polimex. has two binding offers for its non-core units, expecting to book at least 300 million zlotys from the spin-offs, the company said late on Thursday. "Due diligence has just ended in two of our group's units," Polimex's Robert Kosmal said in a statement. "

  • *Iran currency plummets, sanctions seen as partial cause. *Western envoys: Iran not serious about negotiations.

  • *Alfa and Telenor in long-running spat over Vimpelcom. MOSCOW, Oct 5- Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman's Alfa Group has increased its voting stake in emerging markets telecoms operator Vimpelcom to 41.85 percent, bringing it closer to the 43 percent owned by Norwegian telecoms group Telenor.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Russia is considering allowing Western companies to own oil licences in its Arctic waters, Energy Minister Alexander Novak was quoted as saying in Friday's Financial Times. Earlier this month, state-owned oil giant Gazprom OAO. The Arctic is seen as a key source of oil in the next decade for Russia, the world's largest producer.

  • Financial Times Headlines JOHNSON SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER AIRPORTS- MORGAN STANLEY CHIEF WARNS ON WALL ST PAY- GOOGLE EBOOK WIN LITTLE THREAT TO AMAZON- RUSSIA MOOTS ARCTIC OIL LICENCES FOR WEST- BAE TIE-UP BAD FOR UK, WARNS DARLING- BARCLAYS ALTERS INVESTMENT BANKING SHAPE- REDROW'S CHAIRMAN RAISES BID FOR GROUP- ECB KEEPS INTEREST RATES UNCHANGED- FACEBOOK EXPANDS TO 1 BLN USERS- Overview JOHNSON SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER AIRPORTS.

  • *Rogers says Iran developing worrying cyber espionage capabilities. WASHINGTON, Oct 4- The head of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said on Thursday that significant new cyber threats to U.S. financial networks appeared to be emerging from an "unusual" source.

  • By Tom Bill and Chris Vellacott. LONDON, Oct 5- The love affair between the global super-rich and London property is souring as UK politicians tap into a mood of public resentment of the wealthy, with tax increases and rhetoric playing up their own humble origins.

  • *Middle East tensions, Turkey strikes at Syria lift oil. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Oil prices jumped 4 percent on T hursday as inflamed Middle East tensions stoked supply fears and U.S. gasoline futures rallied following a fire at the largest operating refinery in the United States.

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.-- A private company is headed back to the International Space Station. Forecasters said Thursday there's a 60 percent chance of favorable conditions for the 8:35 p.m. launch from Cape Canaveral. This is the California company's first official launch under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA.

  • *Middle East tensions, Turkey strikes at Syria lift oil. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Oil prices jumped 4 percent on T hursday as inflamed Middle East tensions stoked supply fears and U.S. gasoline futures rallied following a fire at the largest operating refinery in the United States.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- One of today's major debates is how big government should be. Diana Farrell, an economist who recently returned to the consulting firm McKinsey after a two-year stint in the White House, thinks smart pragmatists should seize this common ground.

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct 4- NASA is considering doubling the amount of time an astronaut spends at the International Space Station to a year, laying the groundwork for future missions deeper into space, officials said Thursday. If approved, a mission likely would begin in 2015, said NASA spokesman Rob Navias.

  • NEW YORK-- The Public Theater unveiled its four-year, $40 million face-lift on Monday with some Shakespeare, some hippies and some veteran stage stars including Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber and Mandy Patinkin.

  • BUDAPEST, Oct 4- Hungary's latest indicators. Base rate 6.50 pct 2- week deposit rate 6.50 pct. Q2 2012 Q1 2012 FY 2011 Q2 2011 Unadjusted -1.3 -0.7 1.6 1.0 Calendar-adjusted -1.1 -1.2 1.7 1.0 Seasonally and calendar-adjusted -0.2 -1.0 1.7 0.4.

  • BUDAPEST, Oct 4- This diary is updated every weekday and new or modified listings are marked'*'. All times in the diary are in GMT, unless otherwise stated. DATE TIME INDICATOR PERIOD FORECAST PRIOR.

  • DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine, Oct 4- Ukrainian pipe maker Interpipe will launch production from a $700 million steel mill by November that will fully meet its own steel needs and may even produce a surplus that the company will sell, Interpipe said on Thursday.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Russian Urals crude strengthened on Thursday as traders cited scarce remaining barrels from the October programme and increased refining runs in Russia and Europe. "I think the market will tighten for November-December as refiners come back on stream in Russia, so you would see less barrels for exports," a trader with a major said.

  • Oct 4- Fitch Ratings has affirmed the' BBB' investment grade debt ratings and Issuer Default Ratings of The Mosaic Company. Demand will be enhanced by the drought and heat damage to this season's crops, particularly in the U.S. but also in Russia and India.

  • *Turkey strikes on Syria raise regional security fears. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Oil prices jumped 2 percent Thursday as Turkey's retaliatory strikes on a Syria sparked more concern about potential disruptions to Middle East oil supply, while U.S. gasoline futures rallied after a fire at a refinery in Texas.

  • *Turkey strikes on Syria raise regional security fears. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Oil prices rose on Thursday as Turkey's retaliatory strikes on a Syria sparked additional concern about potential disruptions to Middle East oil supply, while U.S. gasoline futures rallied after a fire at a refinery in Texas.