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UPDATE 2-Irish, Portuguese bonds singled out as QE losers

* ECB seen struggling to source eligible bonds in parts of bloc

UPDATE 1-Ireland to reduce bond-buying pace to stay in QE scheme 12:44pm GMT

DUBLIN, Dec 9 Ireland's central bank will reduce the pace of bond-buying under the euro zone's quantitative easing stimulus programme and is confident it can remain in the scheme until its scheduled end in December 2017, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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Fairfax unit sells more shares in Bank of Ireland 12:31pm GMT

DUBLIN A subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings , one of the shareholders who helped keep Bank of Ireland out of state hands in 2011, is selling half of its remaining stake in the Irish lender, the bank managing the sale said on Friday.

Ireland to reduce bond-buying pace to stay in QE scheme - source 11:39am GMT

DUBLIN, Dec 9 Ireland's central bank will reduce the pace of bond-buying under the bloc's quantitative easing stimulus programme and is confident it can remain in the scheme until its scheduled end in December 2017, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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Fairfax unit sells more shares in Bank of Ireland 9:30am GMT

DUBLIN A subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings , one of the shareholders who helped keep Bank of Ireland out of state hands in 2011, is selling half of its remaining stake in the Irish lender, the bank managing the sale said on Friday.

BRIEF-D.Bank launches Bank Of Ireland secondary share placing for Hamblin Watsa- Bookrunner 8:25am GMT

* Deutsche bank launches c.415 million secondary share ABB placing in Bank of Ireland for Hamblin Watsa- Bookrunner

Kerry says "hopeful" about reaching agreement with Russia over Aleppo 08 Dec 2016

HAMBURG U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he was "hopeful" about reaching an agreement with Russia over the Syrian city of Aleppo but that he was still waiting for "certain feedback and input".

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Irish central bank fears side effects of proposed mortgage role 08 Dec 2016

DUBLIN Ireland's central bank believes a proposed law to hand it powers to intervene in setting mortgage rates may have a range of damaging side effects but it would have a duty to use the powers if enacted, a senior official said on Thursday.

Irish central bank fears side effects of proposed mortgage role 08 Dec 2016

DUBLIN, Dec 8 Ireland's central bank believes a proposed law to hand it powers to intervene in setting mortgage rates may have a range of damaging side effects but it would have a duty to use the powers if enacted, a senior official said on Thursday.

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Brexit prompts tenfold rise in British lawyers registering in Ireland 05 Dec 2016

DUBLIN The number of British lawyers registering in Ireland is set to be 10 times higher this year than in 2015 as they seek to ensure they can still practise in the European Union after Brexit, the Law Society of Ireland said on Monday.

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Pictures of splendours past: Aleppo before the war

A millennium-old minaret towering above Aleppo's Umayyad mosque, an imposing citadel overlooking the old city centre, a medieval covered market and a 21st century shopping mall.