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  • Ireland puts first bankers on trial since crisis Friday, 31 Jan 2014 | 8:31 AM ET

    *Bank rescue forced Ireland into bailout. DUBLIN, Jan 31- Ireland put three former bankers on trial on Friday in its first such case since the financial crisis that forced it to accept an 85 billion euro international bailout.

  • Worries about Latam spur selloff in Europe shares Friday, 24 Jan 2014 | 11:08 AM ET

    PARIS, Jan 24- European stocks suffered their biggest one-day slide in seven months on Friday, as concerns about economies and currencies in Latin America triggered profit taking after a recent sharp rally.

  • LONDON, Jan 16- A much better year lies in store for most of the world's major developed economies, although weak inflation will persist, complicating central banks' ability to get interest rates back to normal, Reuters polls forecast on Thursday.

  • Irish debt catching up to euro zone mainstream Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 | 9:10 AM ET

    LONDON, Jan 16- From bailout and near bankruptcy, Ireland has staged such a remarkable turnaround that its debt is now on a solid path towards France and Belgium- catching up with countries seen as safe bets when it was shunned by the market three years ago.

  • LONDON, Jan 16- Global stocks steadied around multi-year peaks and the dollar rose on Thursday, held aloft by robust U.S., Japanese and European data and some upbeat corporate earnings.

  • Recession-weary Italians catch nostalgia for lira Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    *Money important symbol of unified Italy. ROME, Jan 15- Twelve years since Italy introduced the euro, the national mint is still stamping Italian lire- and recession fatigue means nostalgia for the retired national currency is going strong.

  • *Rome to reintroduce housing levy under new name. Sector experts predict housing transactions in Italy will increase this year for the first time since 2007, after which the country was hit by the global financial crisis and subsequently by its longest economic recession in 60 years.

  • *China bonded copper premiums drop $10 on week- Shmet. LONDON, Jan 14- Copper dipped on Tuesday due to a firming dollar and caution over growth prospects for the world's top two economies, but a shortfall of metal in the physical markets helped limit losses.

  • US’s Lew flies to Portugal as periphery parties Thursday, 9 Jan 2014 | 12:11 PM ET
    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (R) and Portuguese Finance Minister Maria Luis Albuquerque arrive for a press conferece at the Finance ministery in central Lisbon on January 8, 2014.

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew finished his Europe tour in Portugal on Thursday, which looked set to launch a five-year bond.

  • POLL-Dollar to gain, euro and yen to lose in 2014 Wednesday, 8 Jan 2014 | 10:18 AM ET

    Jan 8- The U.S. dollar will strengthen over the first half of this year at the expense of a weaker yen and euro, as the recovery in the world's largest economy becomes entrenched, a Reuters poll found.

  • LONDON, Jan 8- Spanish bond yields hit new four-year lows on Wednesday as markets took an increase in Madrid's planned 2014 debt issuance in their stride, confident a pick-up in economic growth would ensure sales go smoothly. Strong demand on Tuesday for Ireland's first bond sale since it exited its EU/IMF bailout also boded well for Madrid's issuance strategy.

  • LONDON, Jan 8- Spanish bond yields hit new four-year lows on Wednesday as markets took an increase in Madrid's planned 2014 debt issuance in their stride, confident a pick-up in economic growth would ensure sales go smoothly. Strong demand on Tuesday for Ireland's first bond sale since it exited its EU/IMF bailout also boded well for Madrid's issuance strategy.

  • LONDON/ SYDNEY, Jan 7- Copper steadied on Tuesday as upbeat German and U.S. data helped kept it close to the two-week lows hit in the previous session, though the market was quiet as traders awaited more key numbers from the world's largest economy this week.

  • *ECB, Bank of England hold rate meetings. BRUSSELS, Jan 4- The world economy should finally overcome its hangover from the global financial crisis this year as growth picks up and house prices rise, but reduced U.S. monetary stimulus will pose a challenge.

  • LONDON, Jan 3- Lower-rated euro zone bonds rallied on Friday as a drop in Spanish unemployment and a move by Portugal's president to side with the government on the 2014 budget added to signs the region is coming out of its crisis.

  • DUBLIN, Dec 19- Ireland's economy grew more than twice as fast as expected in the third quarter, thanks to buoyant construction and investment, putting it on a sounder footing as it emerges from an international bailout.

  • LONDON, Dec 18- Copper fell on Wednesday, slipping further from near two-month highs hit this week, with investors cautious as upbeat economic data stoked expectations of an early trimming of the U.S. monetary stimulus programme. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange dipped 0.2 percent to $7,262.25 a tonne by 1550 GMT.

  • LONDON, Dec 18- Copper fell on Wednesday, slipping further from near two-month highs hit this week, with investors cautious as recent upbeat economic data stoked expectation of an early trimming of the U.S. monetary stimulus. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange traded at $7,229 a tonne at 1121 GMT, down from a close at $7,275 on Tuesday.

  • LISBON, Dec 16- Portugal's international lenders have approved the country's progress in the latest review of its bailout, pushing the euro zone member closer to a smooth exit from the lending programme in mid-2014.

  • DUBLIN, Dec 16- Ireland, the first euro zone member to successfully exit its bailout, will return to debt markets with an issue of 10- year paper in early 2014 and may have space to ease austerity in its next budget, its finance minister said.

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