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Italian banks struggle to break free from soured debt cycle

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MILAN Italian banks are stuck in what stressed-debt experts call purgatory, still forced to pay a heavy price for their past sins despite loan data that suggests they are turning a corner.

Hong Kong stocks rise on US surge, higher Shanghai inflows; China dips

* Investors unfazed as China home price growth cools for 4th month

10:46am IST

"Don't give up treats for Lent, give up binning food" - UK activists

LONDON, Feb 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Forget about ditching chocolate, wine or other treats for Lent; environmental activists want Britons to give up another bad habit - binning food.

5:31am IST

China stocks rebound on hopes of speedy pension fund investment; HK also up

SHANGHAI, Feb 20 China shares rebounded on Monday, led by wine makers and banks, after media reports said pension funds may begin flowing into the country's stock markets as early as this week.

20 Feb 2017

China brokerage shares rise as futures rules relaxed, but China, HK indexes fall

* HK stocks slide after closing at 18-month highs on Thursday

17 Feb 2017

Latest British "family spending" data raises questions about true economic strength

LONDON, Feb 16 British household spending barely rose in the year to the end of March 2016 and was around 5 percent below the level before the financial crisis, an official survey showed on Thursday, suggesting a much more muted picture than previous data.

16 Feb 2017

Murdered North Korean lived quiet, but open life in Macau

MACAU Before he was killed in Malaysia, Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, lived quietly in the Asian gambling hub of Macau, avoiding controversy and seemingly relaxed about personal safety, according to sources close to him.

16 Feb 2017

Assassinated North Korean lived quiet, but open life in Macau

MACAU, Feb 16 Before he was killed in Malaysia, Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, lived quietly in the Asian gambling hub of Macau, avoiding controversy and seemingly relaxed about personal safety, according to sources close to him.

16 Feb 2017

Factbox - From cheese to maple syrup, what's in EU-Canada trade deal?

STRASBOURG The European Union and Canada will kick-start a multi-billion dollar trade pact called the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in the coming months after it secured approval from EU lawmakers on Wednesday.

SAFT ON WEALTH-Of rising rates and falling returns: James Saft

Feb 15 Try to hide wherever you like but periods of rising interest rates mean lower returns.

16 Feb 2017