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Brazilian president approves extradition of Italian militant

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BRASÍLIA Brazil's President Michel Temer on Friday signed an extradition order for Italian militant fugitive Cesare Battisti wanted for murder in Italy since the 1970s, his press office said.

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Italy's Conte sees EU budget deal close, no changes to 2019 deficit 14 Dec 2018

BRUSSELS Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte expressed hope on Friday of reaching a deal with Brussels this weekend over his government's revised 2019 budget to avoid an EU disciplinary procedure, but offered few new concessions.

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Italy should go to early vote if government falls - cabinet official 14 Dec 2018

ROME Italy would have to hold new elections if the coalition government falls, a senior cabinet official and member of the co-ruling League party was quoted as saying on Friday.

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Italy's Conte seeks EU leaders' backing on revised budget 14 Dec 2018

BRUSSELS Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte sought to convince European Union leaders on Friday that his offer to cut Italy's deficit target for next year should make an EU disciplinary procedure unnecessary.

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Italy's Di Maio happy with deficit cut but warns on growth 14 Dec 2018

MILAN The Italian government is happy it could lower its deficit target for next year, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Friday, although he also said that economic growth may be smaller than forecast.

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Brazil judge orders arrest of Italian militant fugitive Battisti - report 14 Dec 2018

BRASILIA A Brazilian Supreme Court judge has ordered the arrest of Cesare Battisti, an Italian former left-wing guerrilla convicted of murder in his country, opening the way for his extradition, Globo TV reported on Thursday.

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Italy lowers deficit target, EU sees progress on budget row 13 Dec 2018

BRUSSELS/ROME The Italian government has offered to lower its deficit target for next year, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday, with the European Commission declaring that good progress has been made in a dispute over the country's budget. | Video

Italy, EU closer to budget deal to avoid disciplinary move 13 Dec 2018

BRUSSELS The European Commission and Italy are working to reach a deal quickly on the country's 2019 budget, the two sides said on Thursday, after Rome offered to cut its deficit target to avoid disciplinary action by Brussels.

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Salini sees maximum $334 million hit from Panama arbitration award 13 Dec 2018

MILAN/PANAMA CITY Italy's biggest construction company Salini Impregilo does not expect any impact from Wednesday's Panama Canal arbitration award beyond a worst-case scenario of $334 million.

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Italy's lower deficit goal - a politically useful fudge 13 Dec 2018

ROME Italy's surprise decision to sharply cut its budget deficit goal does little to address the problems of its finances or a deeper debate over EU fiscal rules, but may serve the real purpose of easing market pressure and playing for time.

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Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israel's capital but embassy not moving yet

SYDNEY Australia formally recognises West Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reversing decades of Middle East policy, but will not move its embassy there immediately, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday.