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  • The independent academic Anuparp Thiralarp told reporters that he sought for a review by telecoms regulator National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to improve regulations for the benefit of consumers, with the court ruling due on Thursday.

  • *Newcrest Mining slips 1.3 percent as bullion weakens. MELBOURNE, Oct 10- Australian shares pulled back from 14- month highs on Wednesday as lower growth forecasts for China and other regional economies by the International Monetary Fund wiped off gains made by miners on higher iron ore prices.

  • Shares in hospital operator Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Pcl were down 4.1 percent at 105 baht at the midsession break of 0530 GMT after block trades at a lower-than-market price of 104.5 baht. 12:20 STOCKS NEWS THAILAND- Condominium remains in limelight as Bangkok zoning law nears- Citi.

  • Bangkok's new zoning law aiming to reduce city density is unlikely to materially reduce condominium development opportunities in the capital and could be positive for developers that tapped into less stringent zones, Citigroup said. Bangkok's existing city plan is due to expire in May 2013.

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 10- Australian shares slipped 0.3 percent on Wednesday, pulling back from 14- month highs after the IMF cut its growth forecasts for a second time, sending shares around most of the region lower. climbed 6 percent to $117.20 a tonne, its highest since Aug. 1, according to data provider Steel Index, taking gains to 12.5 percent over the past two days.

  • BANGKOK-- Worries about Europe's debt crisis, signs of weak global growth and expectations of lower U.S. corporate earnings sent most Asian stock markets down Wednesday.

  • BANGKOK/ SINGAPORE, October 10 Fitch Ratings Limited says Thailand's economic performance has continued to show resilience to global shocks but slower regional growth and increasing leverage in the corporate and bank sectors will constrain ratings.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 10- Shares in Thai hospital firm Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Pcl fell more than 4 percent on Wednesday after a report key shareholders were selling a combined 13.7 percent at a price lower than the market. By 0312 GMT, the shares were trading down 3.7 percent at 105.5 baht, after falling at one point to 104.5 baht.

  • *July net inflow $108 mln vs June's $73 mln. MANILA, Oct 10- The Philippine central bank released on Wednesday preliminary data on net foreign direct investments in July: July Jun May Apr Mar Feb Jan Net FDI 108 73 7 -13 14 58 778 KEY POINTS:.

  • BANGKOK-- Worries about Europe's debt crisis, signs of weak global growth and expectations of lower U.S. corporate earnings sent Asian stocks down on Wednesday. International Monetary Fund said Tuesday that Spain's economy _ already in double-dip recession _ will contract by 1.3 percent next year _ more than double its previous prediction.

  • 2 trillion baht of investments to focus on boosting logistics- Bangkok Post. Winners and losers emerge in rice scheme- The Nation. NOTE: Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

  • Key shareholders of the hospital firm are selling a combined 13.7 percent stake in a deal to raise as much as $740 million in Thailand's biggest equity trade this year, IFR reported on Tuesday. --ADVANCED INFO SERVICE PCL, TOTAL ACCESS COMMUNICATION PCL, TRUE CORPORATION PCL. >Wall St falls in tech-led sell-off, Alcoa up late.

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 10- Australian shares fell 0.4 percent on Wednesday, with some of the biggest declines recorded by gold miners after bullion prices headed lower offshore. eased 0.6 percent to 3,882.8 after U.S. stocks fell on increasing worries about third-quarter earnings and the International Monetary Fund warned on global growth.

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 10- Australian shares may ease from 14- month highs on Wednesday after U.S. stocks fell on concerns over third-quarter earnings, although energy companies may be boosted by a sharp rise in oil prices. *Energy companies such as Woodside Petroleum.

  • AMSTERDAM-- World stock markets fell Tuesday on a gloomy forecast from the IMF and worries over Europe's debt crisis ahead of the start of earnings season.

  • Meanwhile, comments by the International Monetary Fund on the global economy "provide a gloomy backdrop" for the day, said Monument Securities analyst Marc Ostwald. After a weak session Monday, Wall Street opened slightly lower again, with the Dow Jones Industrial index down 0.1 percent to 13,565.45, and the S&P 500 down 0.1 percent at 1,454.61.

  • But the high-pitched row between Beijing and Tokyo over their ownership is exacting a growing toll on Japan, threatening to send its recovery from last year's disasters into reverse.

  • AMSTERDAM-- World stock markets mostly declined Tuesday against a backdrop of worries about global economic growth and Europe's debt crisis. Meanwhile, comments by the International Monetary Fund on the global economy "provide a gloomy backdrop" for the day, said Monument Securities analyst Marc Ostwald.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 9- Key shareholders of Bangkok Dusit Medical Services are selling a combined 13.7 percent stake in the hospital firm in a deal to raise as much as $740 million in Thailand's biggest equity trade this year, IFR reported on Tuesday. Bualuang Securities and Credit Suisse are joint global co-ordinators. Credit Suisse is also the sole bookrunner.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 9- Stocks in Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines edged lower on Tuesday amid broad-based sell-off in regional large caps such as Metropolitan Bank& Trust Co. and Siam Cement Pcl as concerns about global growth dented investor sentiment. Late selling erased most of morning gains in Malaysia.