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Support for repealing Irish abortion laws rises days from vote

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DUBLIN Irish voters who favour liberalising the country's abortion laws increased their lead in two opinion polls published on Sunday, reversing a trend that suggested the race had begun to tighten ahead of the final days of campaigning.

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Spain to maintain control of Catalonia - El Pais 11:52am BST

MADRID Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy plans to maintain central government control over Catalonia after the regional leader nominated imprisoned and exiled politicians to join his cabinet, El Pais said on Sunday.

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Catalonia's cabinet picks are 'provocation' says Spain's ruling party 19 May 2018

MADRID Catalonia's new leader Quim Torra named his cabinet on Saturday, though the inclusion of politicians who are either in jail awaiting trial or in self-imposed exile was instantly denounced as provocation by Spain's ruling party.

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Europe reassures Iran of commitment to nuclear deal without U.S. 19 May 2018

TEHRAN The European Union's energy chief sought to reassure Iran on Saturday that the bloc remained committed to salvaging a nuclear deal with Tehran despite U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to exit the accord and reimpose sanctions.

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Slain Salvadoran archbishop, former pope to be made saints in Vatican in October 19 May 2018

VATICAN CITY Slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero will be made a saint in a ceremony at the Vatican on October 14, the Church said on Saturday, a decision that will disappoint some in Latin America who had hoped the canonisation could take place there.

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Weidmann keeps door open to bidding for ECB chief's job - report 19 May 2018

FRANKFURT Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann kept the door open for a run at the European Central Bank's top job next year and argued that ECB policymakers should soon announce the end of lavish bond buys known as quantitative easing.

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After hullabaloo, Greek lawmakers drop Novartis probe against ex ministers 18 May 2018

ATHENS Greece's parliament has no jurisdiction to investigate the role of ten politicians in alleged bribes by Swiss drugmaker Novartis, lawmakers ruled on Saturday, in a controversy which has further polarized a deeply divided political landscape.

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Dollar touches five-month peak as euro slides on Italy concerns 18 May 2018

NEW YORK The dollar rose to a five-month high against a basket of major currencies on Friday, helped by weakness in the euro as investors fretted about political uncertainty in Italy.

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Factbox - Company deals at risk from U.S. sanctions on Iran 18 May 2018

French gas and power group Engie, Polish gas firm PGNiG and German lender DZ Bank were the latest companies on Friday to say that their business dealings with Iran would be affected by the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions.

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Italian markets hammered by fears of government spending binge 18 May 2018

LONDON Italy's long-term borrowing costs jumped to more than seven-month highs on Friday while stocks in Milan fell more than one percent after two anti-establishment parties pledged to increase spending in a deal to form a new coalition government. | Video

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German companies worry Trump moving towards 'America Alone'

BERLIN German companies are concerned that U.S. President Donald Trump is increasingly thinking only of America rather than just putting his country first, the head of Germany's DIHK Chambers of Commerce told media.

EU could compensate firms hit by U.S. sanctions over Iran - French minister

PARIS France is looking to see if the European Union could compensate European companies that might face U.S. sanctions for doing business with Iran, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday.

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League calls on Italians to back coalition deal with 5-Star

MILAN The far-right League gave Italians a chance to bless the programme it has drawn up with the 5-Star Movement in an informal ballot as the two groups try to decide on a candidate to lead their planned coalition government.

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