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World 23 Jul 2006 | 12:00 AM

ANALYSIS - Saudi military spending rising to meet Iran threat

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is expanding its military arsenal to counter what it sees as Iran's growing influence in a region convulsed by violence.

World 23 Jul 2006 | 12:00 AM

ANALYSIS - Saudi military spending rising to meet Iran threat

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is expanding its military arsenal to counter what it sees as Iran's growing influence in a region convulsed by violence.

World 24 May 2006 | 12:00 AM

Italy's Prodi wins final parliamentary approval

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's new prime minister Romano Prodi won the final seal of approval from parliament on Tuesday, allowing his centre-left government to get on with running a country whose public finances are spiralling out of control.

World 30 Apr 2006 | 12:00 AM

Italy's Berlusconi to quit and make way for Prodi

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Saturday he would resign, ending three weeks of wrangling over a narrow election defeat and clearing the political decks for Romano Prodi to take power.

World 15 Apr 2006 | 12:00 AM

Berlusconi defiant but election hopes dwindle

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's hopes of overturning his election loss were dashed on Friday when it emerged there were not enough disputed ballot papers to swing victory back from his rival, Romano Prodi.

World 11 Apr 2006 | 12:00 AM

Threat of gridlock hangs over Italy after vote

ROME (Reuters) - Centre-left leader Romano Prodi claimed victory in Italy's election on Tuesday but his tiny margin raised fears of political paralysis and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's allies refused to concede defeat.

Business 01 Apr 2006 | 12:00 AM

9MP: Reactions

Reactions to the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) from various sectors.

Business 24 Jan 2006 | 12:00 AM

Philippine shares rise 0.2% on bargain hunting

MANILA: Philippine shares rose slightly Tuesday, with investors providing a last-minute boost for stock prices to snap a four-day decline touched off by renewed security concerns.

Business 19 Nov 2005 | 12:00 AM

Fitch affirms Malaysia’s foreign, local currency ratings

FITCH Ratings has affirmed Malaysia#039;s long-term foreign currency rating at I>A-/Iand the long-term local currency rating at I>A+/I>.

World 12 Nov 2005 | 12:00 AM

German parties seal "grand coalition" deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's main parties sealed an agreement on Friday to create a government of traditional rivals under the leadership of conservative Angela Merkel, breaking eight weeks of deadlock after an inconclusive general election.