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ECB to start ABS purchases in November with help from asset managers

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FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank hired four major asset managers to carry out from November its purchases of securitised private debt, one of the stimulus measures the bank hopes will stave off deflation in the euro zone.

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Euro zone sentiment unexpectedly improves in October 30 Oct 2014

BRUSSELS - Euro zone economic sentiment unexpectedly rose in October, picking up from a near one-year low in September, in an indication that the bloc's struggling economy may be slowly improving.

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Banks see upswing in loan demand across euro zone 29 Oct 2014

FRANKFURT - Around one in five banks across the euro zone expect companies to approach them for more credit as the year draws to a close, with those in Germany and France most optimistic, the European Central Bank said on Wednesday.

Italy sends S&P, Fitch officials to trial over 2011, 2012 cuts 28 Oct 2014

MILAN/TRANI Italy - An Italian court indicted officials from ratings agencies Standard & Poor's and Fitch on Tuesday over accusations of market manipulation related to cuts to Italy's sovereign debt ratings during the euro zone debt crisis in 2011 and 2012.

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EU provisionally clears French, Italian budgets after tweaks 28 Oct 2014

BRUSSELS - The European Commission provisionally accepted the budgets of France and Italy, saying on Tuesday that no euro zone states had submitted deficit plans for next year that seriously breached EU rules for fiscal stability. | Video

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ECB's Praet says risk of price deflation limited - paper 28 Oct 2014

BRUSSELS - The risk of price deflation in the euro zone is limited and ECB figures suggest a much lower probability than those of the International Monetary Fund, ECB chief economist Peter Praet told two Belgian newspapers.

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ECB fails 25 banks in health check but problems largely solved 27 Oct 2014

FRANKFURT - Roughly one in five of the euro zone's top lenders failed landmark health checks at the end of last year but most have since repaired their finances, the European Central Bank said on Sunday. | Video

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Analysis - Europe's bank test celebrations mask mounting challenges 27 Oct 2014

FRANKFURT - Investors were spared immediate pain on Sunday after the European Central Bank's landmark banking health check did not force massive capital hikes amongst the euro zone's top lenders.

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Lending to euro zone private sector falls again but at slower pace - ECB 27 Oct 2014

FRANKFURT - Lending to euro zone households and companies contracted for the 29th month in a row in September, although at a slightly slower pace, despite the European Central Bank stepping up its efforts to get credit flowing again and revive growth.

Bank health check brings relief to euro zone bond market 27 Oct 2014

LONDON - German Bund yields inched higher, while Spanish and Italian yields fell on Monday after the euro zone bank stress tests showed no major bank was in trouble, while those that failed had only a small capital hole to fill.

Germany ready to train Iraq's Sunnis as well as Kurds to fight IS

TEMPLIN Germany - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Germany was ready to help train Sunni Muslim soldiers in Iraq to fight Islamic State insurgents in addition to aid it is already giving to Iraqi Kurdish fighters.

U.S. envoy Power defends Ebola guidelines, warns on Guinea

NEW YORK - The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Friday defended federal guidelines for monitoring health workers returning from three Ebola-stricken West African countries while urging greater coordination to contain the outbreak in Guinea. | Video

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Italy to end sea rescue mission that saved 100,000 migrants

ROME - Italy said on Friday it would close a sea rescue mission that has saved the lives of more than 100,000 migrants from Africa and the Middle East, a move one rights group warned could lead to a "surge of deaths" in the Mediterranean.

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