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The U.S. dollar's slide and what lies ahead

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NEW YORK The U.S. dollar took a harsh beating in 2017, on the way to its nearly 10 percent fall, its worst annual performance since 2003. The currency is still reeling this year.

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U.S. shutdown fears pressure dollar, mark worst run since 2015 19 Jan 2018

NEW YORK The dollar held steady above a three-year low versus a basket of currencies on Friday, marking a fifth week of falls and its longest losing streak since May 2015 as worries over a possible U.S. government shutdown weighed.

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Merkel upbeat SPD will approve talks with her conservatives 19 Jan 2018

PARIS German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she was optimistic that Social Democrats (SPD) would approve the start of formal coalition talks with her conservatives at a special party congress this weekend. | Video

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Former Catalan leader says he can rule from abroad, Madrid says no 19 Jan 2018

MADRID The sacked former leader of Catalonia said on Friday he could be re-elected as the region's president and rule remotely from his self-imposed exile in Brussels, but the Spanish government said it would not let that happen.

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Luxembourg to advocate 'delegation' model post-Brexit - finance minister 19 Jan 2018

TOKYO Luxembourg's finance minister Pierre Gramegna said on Friday the European Commission should stick to the current rules that allow funds managed in London to be domiciled and regulated in another country.

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Italy's centre right vows deep tax cuts, funding unclear 19 Jan 2018

ROME A centre-right grouping involving former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is pledging to slash taxes and throw out a drastic pension reform in its bid to win over voters at a national election in just over six weeks' time.

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Spain rules out Puigdemont becoming Catalonia leader again 19 Jan 2018

MADRID Catalonia's former leader Carles Puigdemont will not become the Spanish region's chief again, government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo said in an interview, adding that the government would continue to directly rule Catalonia as long as necessary.

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German court convicts man who sold weapon to Munich shooter 19 Jan 2018

FRANKFURT A German man who admitted selling the weapon a teenage gunman used to killed nine people has been sentenced to seven years in prison, a court spokeswoman said on Friday.

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London finance chief sees fewer jobs shifting because of Brexit 19 Jan 2018

LONDON Britain's vast financial services industry will suffer far fewer job losses from Brexit than first feared, the City of London's policy chief told Reuters, in remarks that will boost supporters of leaving the EU who say the threat has been exaggerated.

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Germany's Merkel to attend Davos next week - spokesman 19 Jan 2018

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to travel next Wednesday to the Swiss Alpine town of Davos to speak at the World Economic Forum (WEF), her spokesman said on Friday.

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'Upside down' artist Baselitz celebrated in retrospective

RIEHEN, Switzerland Georg Baselitz, a provocative German artist who inspired a generation with challenging depictions of the Nazi era and the post-war division of Germany, is being honoured by a retrospective to mark his 80th birthday.

En route to Davos, Macron makes Versailles the place to be

PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron will host dozens of the world's most powerful business executives at the gilded Palace of Versailles to pitch France Inc before the global elite's annual gathering at Davos.

Atlantia opens door to sweetening Abertis bid

MILAN/ROME Italian airports and motorway operator Atlantia said on Friday it would call a shareholder meeting to vote on changes to its offer for Spanish rival Abertis , as it seeks to strengthen its hand in a bid battle.

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