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Pakistani protesters rally to demand Imran Khan's resignation

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Pakistani opposition supporters rallied on Friday to demand the ouster of what they say is the illegitimate government of Prime Minister Imran Khan, warning of chaos if their demands were not met.

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Italy's Di Maio warns coalition programme must be respected - paper

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Saturday the governing coalition programme must be respected after a top official raised doubts about a key pledge to introduce a minimum income for the poor.

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Right-wing front-runner calls on Brazil to elect him on Sunday

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Far-right front-runner Jair Bolsonaro appealed to Brazilians on Friday to turn out to vote for him on Sunday and give him an outright victory to avoid a run-off that some polls say he could lose to a leftist challenger.

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Italy PM, ministers discuss 2019 budget, agree it must cut debt

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and his top ministers discussed the 2019 budget on Monday and agreed that it will preserve the stability of state finances and lower the public debt, the prime minister's office said.

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No risk of speculative attack on Italian markets - deputy PM

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Monday there was no risk of speculators attacking the country's financial markets and that the government was working to stabilise the economic and financial situation.

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Sanctions make it harder for South Africa's MTN to repatriate Iran cash

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - MTN Group, Africa's biggest mobile operator, is sticking to its 2018 dividend target despite new U.S. sanctions making it harder to repatriate cash from its Iran joint venture, the company said on Wednesday.

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Colombia's rightist contender Duque seeks high investment to bolster growth

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Ivan Duque, the frontrunner to win Colombia's presidential election on Sunday, said tax cuts he is proposing would bolster investment in the Andean nation by a third over the next four years and help stimulate sluggish economic growth.

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Factbox - Economic proposals in Italy's 5-Star, League government pact

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement published on Friday a programme it agreed with the far-right League, proposing a review of the European Union's fiscal rules and "limited" deficit spending to fund tax cuts and increased welfare spending.