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  • *ISTANBUL- President Abdullah Gul to attend a ceremony with former British foreign minister Jack Straw. *ISTANBUL- Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan will attend to Turkish-Kazakhstan Forum.

  • Media Prima Berhad leads on analyst revisions among 18 companies in Malaysia's consumer discretionary sector tracked by at least three analysts, data from Thomson Reuters StarMine shows. The company's quarterly net income more than doubled to almost 57 million ringgit between March and June quarters.

  • MUMBAI, Oct 12- India's industrial production rose by a higher-than-expected 2.7 percent in August from a year earlier, after contracting in July. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected a rise of 1.1 percent in August output. COMMENTARY RAJEEV MALIK, SENIOR ECONOMIST, CLSA, SINGAPORE.

  • SINGAPORE, October 12 Fitch Ratings says Malaysia- based IOI Corporation Berhad's proposal to undertake a mixed-use property development venture in Xiamen, China through its 99.8% subsidiary, Palmy Max Ltd, will not impact its credit rating.

  • CANBERRA, Oct 12- Australian shares edged up 0.1 percent on Friday as gains in index-heavy mining stocks helped break a two-day run of losses, but the market still ended slightly down on the week. gained 0.9 percent to A $33.54 and major rival Rio Tinto Ltd rose 1.8 percent to A $56.40, helped by a rebound in iron ore prices.

  • CANBERRA, Oct 12- Australian shares edged up 0.1 percent on Friday as gains in index-heavy mining stocks helped break a two-day run of losses, but the market still ended slightly down on the week. Global miner BHP Billiton Ltd. gained 0.9 percent to A $33.54 and major rival Rio Tinto Ltd rose 1.8 percent to A $56.40, helped by a rebound in iron ore prices.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 12- These are some of the leading stories in Hong Kong newspapers on Friday. --Bursa Malaysia, the operator of the Southeast Asian country's stock exchange, plans to list the world's first retail Islamic exchange-traded bond in Malaysia in December, which may lead to a listing in Hong Kong if there is demand.

  • Shares of Alam Maritim Resources Bhd rose as much as 1.8 percent after the marine offshore services firm secured a 69 million ringgit contract to supply a workboat to a local oil and gas company. 09:16 STOCKS NEWS MALAYSIA- AmResearch ups Top Glove's fair value.

  • CANBERRA, Oct 12- Australian shares gained more than 0.2 percent on Friday morning, recovering from two sessions of losses, as a rebound in metal prices lifted index-heavy mining stocks. Global miner BHP Billiton Ltd gained 0.8 percent to A $33.50 and major rival Rio Tinto Ltd rose more than 1.6 percent to A $56.31.

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  • CANBERRA, Oct 12- Australian shares are likely to open flat on Friday on mixed leads from Wall Street, holding below 14- month highs hit earlier this week, although a rebound in metal prices may help index-heavy mining stocks. *Local share price index futures. *New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index.

  • *Canada has until Nov. 11 to decide fate of CNOOC bid. OTTAWA, Oct 11- Canada said it needs more time to complete its review of a $15.1 billion Chinese bid to take over oil and gas explorer Nexen Inc, a deal that has raised fears about opening the Canadian energy sector to the Asian power's state-owned companies.

  • OTTAWA, Oct 11- Canada said it needs more time to complete its review of China's CNOOC Ltd $15.1 billion bid to take over Nexen Inc, a deal that has raised fears about opening the Canadian energy sector to China's state-owned companies.

  • The secular High Court in Malaysia's southern Seremban town rejected a bid by four Muslim transsexuals who were born male to declare the Shariah law unconstitutional. The law is enforced in Shariah religious courts against Muslims, who comprise nearly two-thirds of Malaysia's 29 million people.

  • *Middle East allocated much more of sukuk than expected. DUBAI, Oct 11- Turkey's first sovereign sukuk issue was a public relations triumph but it's been a financial disappointment so far in the secondary market, showing the risks of over-allocating debt deals to a single region.

  • Oct 11- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services said today that its ratings and outlook on American International Assurance Co. Ltd. and American International Assurance Co. Ltd. are unaffected by the AIA Group's recent announcement that it plans to pay Euro1.336 billion in cash to acquire a Malaysian insurer.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 11- Stocks in Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam slipped in light trade on Thursday, led by blue-chip stocks such as Axiata Group Bhd. Singapore recouped earlier losses, helped by late buying in beaten-down large caps, with the benchmark Straits Times Index.

  • BANGKOK-- World stock markets were mixed Thursday, with Europe posting modest gains while Asia slumped after Spain, the fourth-largest euro economy, was slapped with a two-notch credit downgrade. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.2 percent to 5,791.79, Germany's DAX added 0.4 percent and France's CAC-40 advanced 0.3 percent to 3,375.40.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 11- Bosses of Singapore- listed companies are taking their firms private to take advantage of beaten-down prices and cheap financing, more than trebling management buyout deals in the island-state to $10.9 billion compared with the whole of 2011..