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Monte dei Paschi's return to stock market delayed - source

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MILAN Shares in bailed-out Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena are expected to resume trading on the Milan bourse in the week of Oct. 30, a source familiar with the matter said, a few days later than expected.

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ECB under pressure to soften crackdown on bad loans - sources 2:22pm BST

FRANKFURT European Central Bank supervisors are having to rethink their proposals for dealing with the euro zone's huge pile of legacy bad loans after complaints from Italy that it would hinder the country's recovery, four senior central bank sources told Reuters.

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Telecom Italia's network should be spun off and listed - minister 2:05pm BST

ROME Italian Industry Minister Carlo Calenda said on Friday that Telecom Italia's (TIM) fixed-line network should be spun off from the rest of the company and listed.

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EU leaders seek greater reductions in Africa immigration 19 Oct 2017

BRUSSELS European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to provide "stronger support" to Italy for its work in Libya and replenish their Africa fund to further curb immigration to Europe.

Italy will set conditions for Piaggio Aerospace's asset sales 19 Oct 2017

ROME The Italian government said it would use its so-called "golden power", which allows it to veto or set conditions on asset sales deemed of strategic national importance, over the planned sale of Piaggio Aerospace's executive jet business.

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Italy's Renzi pledges to hike budget deficit if he wins election 19 Oct 2017

ROME Former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Thursday that if he wins next year's election he will slash taxes and sharply raise Italy's budget deficit rather than lower it as European Union rules require.

Fragment falls off Florence basilica, killing Spanish tourist 19 Oct 2017

FLORENCE, Italy A Spanish man was killed on Thursday when a falling fragment of stone struck him in Florence's Basilica of the Holy Cross, ambulance services said.

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Berlusconi joins criticism of Bank of Italy as Visco decision looms 19 Oct 2017

ROME The Bank of Italy and its governor, Ignazio Visco, came under increased scrutiny on Thursday when former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi joined a chorus of politicians criticising its operations.

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EU parliament chief snipes at UK over Brexit 18 Oct 2017

BRUSSELS The head of the European Parliament derided British plans to leave the EU on Wednesday, saying they had not thought it through and faced problems for their trade, including vital food imports.

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Smugglers offer new routes to Europe for jobless Tunisians 18 Oct 2017

OFF THE TUNISIAN COAST Tunisian smugglers are offering migrants seeking a fresh start in Europe a new route from Africa to Italy. | Video

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Spain plans new elections in Catalonia to end independence bid - opposition

MADRID The Spanish government has secured opposition support for dissolving Catalonia's parliament and holding new elections there in January in its bid to check the regional government's push for independence. | Video