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Euro zone sentiment unexpectedly improves in October

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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.

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Analysis - Europe's bank test celebrations mask mounting challenges 26 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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Lufthansa shares drop after 2015 profit guidance cut for second time

BERLIN - Germany's Lufthansa has lowered its profit guidance for 2015 for the second time this year due to a stuttering global economy and increased competition, hitting its shares and sending shivers through other airline stocks.

France investigates mystery drone activity over nuclear plants

PARIS - France has launched an investigation into unidentified drones that have been spotted over nuclear plants operated by state-owned utility EDF, its interior minister said on Thursday.

ThyssenKrupp Italian workers injured in clash with police

ROME - At least three people were injured in clashes with police in Rome on Wednesday, police said, as union officials and workers from a ThyssenKrupp AG steel plant in central Italy marched to protest against planned job cuts.

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