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Dollar rises on talk of potential Fed chief nominee

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NEW YORK The dollar rose to a one-week high against a basket of currencies on Tuesday on speculation that U.S. President Donald Trump was leaning towards nominating a Federal Reserve head who would be more inclined to raise interest rates at a faster pace.

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Catalonia refuses to renounce independence, separatist protesters rally 17 Oct 2017

BARCELONA Catalonia refused on Tuesday to bow to the Spanish government's demand that it renounce a symbolic declaration of independence, setting it on a political collision course with Madrid later this week. | Video

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Exclusive - Italy's president defends central bank chief as his mandate expires 17 Oct 2017

ROME Italy's president on Tuesday made a rare intervention to defend the country's central bank chief after the ruling Democratic Party (PD) criticised Ignazio Visco, whose mandate expires in less than two weeks.

Bank of Italy defended savings, acted in concert with government - sources 17 Oct 2017

ROME The Bank of Italy acted to protect peoples' savings and limit damage from the banking crises in recent years and was in constant contact with the government, sources at the central bank said on Tuesday.

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Mission impossible? Merkel's coalition conundrum just got harder 17 Oct 2017

BERLIN She has earned a reputation as Europe's chief crisis manager. Now Germany's Angela Merkel must forge a government out of an awkward group of allies bent on nailing down a coalition deal so tight it risks limiting her room to act if crisis strikes again.

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More financial firms moving to Dublin over Brexit, Ireland says 17 Oct 2017

DUBLIN Several more financial services firms have committed to shifting operations to Dublin as a result of Brexit but are not ready to make the move public, a senior official at the Irish agency competing to win foreign business said on Tuesday.

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Ireland rugby internationals to stand trial over rape charges 17 Oct 2017

BELFAST Two Ireland rugby internationals accused of raping a woman in Belfast last year will stand trial over the charges, a Northern Irish court ruled on Tuesday.

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Spanish military plane crashes outside Madrid, killing pilot 17 Oct 2017

MADRID A military F18 fighter plane crashed on the outskirts of Madrid on Tuesday killing its pilot, the Spanish Defence Ministry said. | Video

Spain's Constitutional Court declares Catalan referendum law void - spokesman 17 Oct 2017

MADRID Spain's Constitutional Court said on Tuesday the referendum law passed by the Catalan government Sept. 6 to hold a vote on independence was void, a spokesman said.

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Greece, in recession again last year, eyes recovery in 2017-18 17 Oct 2017

ATHENS Greece fell into recession again last year, confounding its international creditors who had predicted some growth after years of budget austerity and bailouts.

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Merkel's CDU must relinquish finance ministry, FDP leader says

BERLIN Germany's next finance minister should be politically independent from Chancellor Angela Merkel, the leader of the Free Democrats (FDP) said on Tuesday, rebuffing calls to keep the ministry in conservative hands.

France seeks food safety inclusion in EU-Mercosur deal - envoy

BRASILIA France will propose changing the European Commission's mandate to negotiate a trade deal with South America's Mercosur bloc to include food safety provisions, its envoy to Brazil said on Monday.

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Italy's Berlusconi says centre-right agrees pact on next PM candidate

ROME Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Tuesday he and the leader of the Northern League had agreed a pact to choose the candidate to head an eventual centre-right governing coalition, a newspaper reported.

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