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Rising poverty gnaws at Italian social fabric as election nears

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HERCULANEUM, Italy Roberto Biondi's 89-year-old mother has Alzheimer's, is housebound and no longer recognises her son. She is also the family's main breadwinner.

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Refiner goes belly-up after big payouts to Carlyle Group 6:04am GMT

NEW YORK Throughout 2016 and 2017, a rail terminal built to accept crude oil for the largest East Coast refinery often sat idle, with few trains showing up to unload.

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Poland spares forest to win EU favour, but damage already done 19 Feb 2018

BIALOWIEZA, Poland When Poland sought to ease tensions with the European Union by declaring a halt to logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, it did not announce how many trees it had already cut down.

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Eyes wide shut - the $1.8 billion Indian bank fraud that went unnoticed 19 Feb 2018

By Krishna N. Das, Aditya Kalra, Devidutta Tripathy and Tom Lasseter

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Lost in translation? GM plant shutdown shocks South Korea 16 Feb 2018

SEOUL Only weeks into a new job heading General Motors Co's international operations, Barry Engle flew into a frigid South Korea in January and held a series of meetings with government officials to discuss the future of GM's loss-making local unit. | Video

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Pot Pharm - Booming Canada weed sector plots next-wave medicines 16 Feb 2018

TORONTO Canopy Growth Corp, one of the world's biggest medical marijuana producers, now wants to take on the world's pharmaceutical giants. | Video

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Data overload: commodity hedge funds close as computers dominate 12 Feb 2018

LONDON "Chocfinger" made his name and his money by taking bold bets on cocoa markets. But after nearly four decades of trading, sometimes winning, sometimes losing, Anthony Ward threw in the towel.

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Russian toll in Syria battle was 300 killed and wounded: sources 16 Feb 2018

MOSCOW About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria last week, according to three sources familiar with the matter. | Video

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Giving up control of Brussels mosque, Saudi Arabia sends a signal 12 Feb 2018

BRUSSELS/RIYADH Saudi Arabia has agreed to give up control of Belgium's largest mosque in a sign that it is trying to shed its reputation as a global exporter of an ultra-conservative brand of Islam. | Video

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Criminal code revamp plan sends chill through Indonesia's LGBT community 10 Feb 2018

JAKARTA Zulfikar Fahd, an openly gay man, says he flew from Indonesia to Canada late last month and claimed asylum on grounds that he faced discrimination and persecution in his home country, which is poised to criminalise same-sex relations and consensual sex outside marriage. 

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Britain will not have 'Mad Max' economy to undercut rivals, Brexit minister says

LONDON Brexit minister David Davis will say on Tuesday that Britain has no plans to recast itself as a regulation-light economy undercutting rivals on the continent, as he attempts to dispel a major concern of European Union leaders.