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  • CARACAS, Oct 17- President Nicolas Maduro defended Venezuela's "secure" election system on Tuesday as opponents struggled to present a united front over allegations of fraud in a nationwide vote surprisingly won by the ruling socialists. Two losing opposition candidates, Henri Falcon in Lara state and Alejandro Feo La Cruz in Carabobo, have conceded defeat,...

  • CARACAS, Oct 17- President Nicolas Maduro defended Venezuela's "secure" election system on Tuesday as opponents struggled to present a united front over allegations of fraud in a nationwide vote won handily by the ruling socialists. Despite anger over a crushing economic crisis, the Socialist Party confounded opinion polls to take 17 of 23 governorships in...

  • *EU unmoved by May's Monday trip to Brussels. LUXEMBOURG/ BRUSSELS, Oct 17- Theresa May will make a pitch to fellow EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday as she tries to break a deadlock in Brexit talks that has left Britain's future trading position up in the air. But EU officials expect no movement in negotiating positions from either side before the other 27 leaders...

  • *EU unmoved by May's Monday trip to Brussels. LUXEMBOURG/ BRUSSELS, Oct 17- Theresa May will make a pitch to fellow EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday as she tries to break a deadlock in Brexit talks that has left Britain's future trading position up in the air. But EU officials expect no movement in negotiating positions from either side before the other 27 leaders...

  • VALLETTA, Malta— A Dutch forensic team arrived in Malta on Tuesday to help investigate the car bomb slaying of a journalist who scrutinized the country's top politicians and other powerful figures, an official said, as angry Maltese demanded the truth about who killed the anti-corruption crusader. Maltese Home Minister Michael Farrugia said FBI agents also...

  • Barnier held dinner talks Monday with British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as London seeks to broaden the Brexit negotiations, around a year before the highly technical and complex talks must be completed to leave time for parliaments to endorse any agreement. The EU says it will only discuss future...

  • PARIS, Oct 17- European Union financial regulators will conduct a large-scale study of the cost and performance of mutual funds, a top regulator said on Tuesday. Steven Maijoor, chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority, told a conference in Paris that the regulators would look at both passive and active funds. Maijoor said ESMA and the European...

  • BERLIN, Oct 17- Germany's next finance minister should be politically independent from Chancellor Angela Merkel, the leader of the Free Democrats said on Tuesday, rebuffing calls to keep the ministry in conservative hands. Wolfgang Schaeuble, a veteran member of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, is giving up the finance ministry after eight years to...

  • *Nikkei logs 11th day of gains, rest of Asia flat. *Oil highest since Sept as Iraq govt seizes Kirkuk. LONDON, Oct 17- World equity markets held close to all-time highs on Tuesday, as investors latched on to rising bets on higher borrowing costs in the U.S. and Britain.

  • PARIS, Oct 17- European Union financial watchdogs will conduct a large-scale study into the cost and performance of mutual funds, a top regulator said on Tuesday. Steven Maijoor, chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority, told a conference in Paris that regulators would look at both passive and active funds. Valdis Dombrovskis, vice president of the...

  • LONDON, Oct 17- Sterling drifted higher on Tuesday as investors awaited inflation data expected to play a defining role in setting the Bank of England's policy outlook in the coming weeks. Also on Tuesday, BoE Governor Mark Carney may offer further policy clues when he appears before a parliamentary committee. Sterling rose 4 percent to a one-year high of...

  • **LONDON Bank of England Deputy Governor David Ramsden and Monetary Policy Committee member Silvana Tenreyro participates in Treasury Select Committee appointment hearings followed by Bank of England Governor Mark Carney. STOCKHOLM- Riksbank executive board meeting 1100 GMT. FRANKFURT- Opening speech by the ECB President Mario Draghi at the ECB...

  • MILAN/ BERLIN, Oct 16- Germany's Lufthansa and British budget airline easyJet are two of seven companies that have bid for Alitalia on Monday but the process to rescue Italy's ailing flag carrier is likely to drag out until late next year. This may not find favour with Rome, which wants to sell the airline in one block to minimise the impact on its 12,000 staff.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 16- British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker agreed over dinner in Brussels on Monday that the pace of negotiations over Britain's departure from the European Union should be stepped up. Announced less than 24 hours before they sat down, accompanied by their chief Brexit negotiators, David Davis and...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 16- British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker agreed over dinner in Brussels on Monday that the pace of negotiations over Britain's departure from the European Union should be stepped up. Announced less than 24 hours before they sat down, accompanied by their chief Brexit negotiators, David Davis and...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 16- Prime Minister Theresa May is unlikely to offer new concessions to Brussels over the terms of Britain's divorce from the European Union when she meets European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker over dinner on Monday, her spokesman indicated. May had hoped to move the talks forward with a speech in Florence last month promising Britain...

  • LONDON, Oct 16- The pound steadied on Monday, falling back from a four-week high against the euro as bets that upbeat data this week would put the Bank of England on track for a rate rise by year-end were offset by concerns over Britain's exit from the European Union. Prime Minister Theresa May is unlikely to offer new concessions to Brussels over the terms of...

  • LONDON/ BRUSSELS, Oct 16- Prime Minister Theresa May is unlikely to offer new concessions to Brussels over the terms of Britain's divorce from the European Union when she meets European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker over dinner on Monday, her spokesman indicated. May had hoped to move the talks forward with a speech in Florence last month promising...

  • LONDON, Oct 16- The chance that Britain leaves the European Union without agreeing a divorce deal has not increased recently and talks have not hit an impasse, British finance minister Philip Hammond said on Monday. This followed an attempt by May last month to revive the negotiations with a speech in Florence promising Britain would honour its EU commitments.

  • *Bucharest rejects all bids at debt auction again. BUDAPEST, Oct 16- Central European currencies extended last week's gains on Monday, with interest rate hike expectations lifting the Czech crown and improving current account data buoying Poland's zloty. The zloty led the currency gains in Central Europe, touching six-week highs and testing 3- month highs...