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ITALY-POLITICS

ROME — The survival of Italy's government is in doubt before expected confidence votes in Parliament forced by Silvio Berlusconi's decision to yank his party's support. But a divisive split among Berlusconi stalwarts in favor of stability might temporarily save the fragile ruling coalition. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 600 words. Timing of vote uncertain.

GREECE-GOLDEN DAWN

ATHENS, Greece — Three lawmakers from Greece's extremist right-wing Golden Dawn party are released from custody pending trial, after they provided initial testimony in criminal investigation triggered by the slaying of a left-wing rapper. By Derek Gatopoulos. SENT: 500 words.

BRITAIN-CONSERVATIVES

LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain is on the road to financial recovery, and his Conservative Party will unleash economic energy to make it "a land of opportunity for all." 500 words by 1300 GMT.

RUSSIA-GREENPEACE

MOSCOW — Greenpeace says five of its activists who were detained after protesting at a Russian oil platform have been charged with piracy and could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty. SENT: 200 words.

BULGARIA-POLITICS

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Bulgaria's Socialist-backed government has survived its first no-confidence vote called for by the opposition over its investment policies. 130 words.

FRANCE-LOUIS-VUITTON

PARIS — French luxury conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton says Marc Jacobs is stepping down as creative director of its flagship brand Louis Vuitton.

BUSINESS & FINANCIAL:

EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK

PARIS — European Central Bank's governing council meets to set monetary policy for the eurozone. Although it has raised the possibility that it might offer another wave of cheap loans to banks, experts say it will likely hold its fire this week as it monitors the recovery. By David McHugh and Sarah DiLorenzo. 130 words after decision at 1145 GMT, build up to 500 words by end of presser, which starts 1230 GMT.

WORLD MARKETS

LONDON — The partial shutdown of the U.S. government weighed on markets Wednesday, though hopes that Italy's government will win a confidence vote helped shore up confidence on the Milan exchange. By Pan Pylas. 645 words sent, to be updated 1350 GMT

SPAIN-UNEMPLOYMENT

MADRID — The number of people registered as unemployed in Spain rose by 25,572 in September, bringing an end to a six-month streak of gradual declines, the country's Labor Ministry says. By Ciaran Giles. SENT: 220 words.

GERMANY-ECONOMY

BERLIN — Germany's finance ministry says it expects the country's public debt to fall to 79.5 percent of its annual economic output this year amid strong tax revenues and tight spending controls. Public debt stood at 81 percent in 2012. SENT: 130 words.

PORTUGAL-BRAZIL-TELECOMS

LISBON, Portugal —Portugal Telecom and Brazil's Oi say they intend to merge, creating a company called CorpCo with combined 2012 revenue of 12.4 billion euros ($16.8 billion) and around 100 million customers. Portugal Telecom shares jumped 14.7 percent by mid-morning on the Lisbon stock exchange, to 3.9 euros. SENT: 130 words.