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  • WARSAW, Oct 12- Polish refiner Lotos may have to fend off its larger domestic rival PKN Orlen to acquire Finnish Neste's 106 gas stations in Poland, the two groups said. The subject is being analysed by us, "Lotos' deputy head Mariusz Machajewski told daily Parkiet.

  • PRAGUE, Oct 12- Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Friday. DRUZHBA: European refiners linked to the Druzhba pipeline risk being starved of Russian oil as producers explore new export routes, an executive at Gazprom's trading arm said on Thursday.

  • Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch, which may affect Poland's financial markets on Friday. Poland's state-owned oil refiner Lotos is looking into Finnish Neste's sale of its 106 Polish gas stations, with Lotos' larger local rival PKN Orlen also not saying "no," daily Parkiet reported.

  • at up to 0.5 zlotys per share, the company said, offering creditors the chance to convert their outstanding debt into shares valued at up to 0.6 zlotys each.

  • BRATISLAVA, Oct 12- Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Slovak financial markets on Friday. The statistics office will publish September headline and core inflation data, 0700 GMT.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Russian Urals crude extended its rally on Friday, trading in the Baltic at a discount of less than $1 a barrel to dated Brent for the first time since late August, as refiners scrambled to pick up remaining scarce volumes. In the Platts window, BP continued to bid for an Oct 22-26 cargo in the Baltic at dated Brent minus $1 but found no sellers, traders said.

  • WARSAW, Oct 12- Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Friday won a parliamentary vote of confidence that he himself had requested to slap down criticism of how he is handling the slowing economy. Two hundred and thirty-three members of the 460- seat lower house of parliament backed Tusk in the vote, while 219 voted against him.

  • WARSAW, Oct 12- Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Friday won a parliamentary vote of confidence that he himself had requested to slap down criticism of how he is handling the slowing economy. Two hundred and thirty-three members of the 460- seat lower house of parliament backed Tusk in the vote, while 219 voted against him.

  • WARSAW/ BUDAPEST, Oct 10- Hungarian and Polish government bonds firmed on Wednesday as central bankers indicated further interest rate cuts to help their economies hit by Europe's economic slowdown.

  • By Jason Hovet and Dagmara Leszkowicz. PRAGUE/ WARSAW, Oct 11- Polish 5- year bonds hit record lows on Thursday on expectations the country's central bank will soon cut borrowing costs, while the Czech crown recouped early losses tracking a stronger euro.

  • Hungary dipped 13 percent to 46.54 euros on Hungary's HUPX. The three central European countries combined their day ahead markets in September to help provide better supply for the region but since then Hungary has helped to narrow- and often erase- the typical Czech and Slovak discount to Germany.

  • WARSAW, Oct 11- France's Dalkia, which controls Warsaw's heating company SPEC, plans to build a gas-fired combined heat and power plant in the Polish capital for around 200 million zlotys, Dalkia's representatives were quoted as saying on Thursday.

  • *Hungary inflation rate hits highest since July 2008. *Spain, euro zone worries weigh on emerging Europe assets. PRAGUE, Oct 11- The crown led losses in emerging Europe on Thursday after the Czech central bank governor said policymakers stood ready to intervene to weaken the currency if needed.

  • LONDON, Oct 11- Turkish stocks hit 17- month highs on Thursday, shrugging off an escalating conflict with Syria as data showed an improving current account picture while the Czech crown lost 0.3 percent after comments by the central bank governor.

  • LONDON, Oct 11- The European Central Bank's pledge to buy the bonds of troubled euro zone members flooded a wave of relief across the bloc but investors are now waiting for action to match the words.

  • PRAGUE, Oct 11- Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Thursday. PRAGUE- Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas to meet his Iraq counterpart Nuri al-Maliki. PRAGUE- Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg to meet his Iraq counterpart Hoshyar Zebari.

  • Slovakia's centre-left government drew up a deficit-cutting 2013 state budget bill on Wednesday, primarily raising taxes to help it weather the euro zone debt crisis.

  • Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch, which may affect Poland's financial markets on Thursday. Prime Minister Donald Tusk might surprise the public opinion in his Friday policy speech by announcing measures aimed at propping up investment, the PM's aide Jan Krzysztof Bielecki told broadcaster Polskie Radio.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- Russian Urals crude was stable on Wednesday with traders anticipating a further price spike in the next few days due to poor cargo availability and good demand from refiners. He predicted that activity would remain thin until Russia publishes early loading programmes for November within the next 5-10 days.

  • By Karolina Slowikowska and Sandor Peto. WARSAW/ BUDAPEST, Oct 10- Hungarian and Polish government bonds firmed on Wednesday as central bankers indicated further interest rate cuts to help their economies hit by Europe's economic slowdown.