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Duty editor: Olivia Hampton Tel: +1 202 414 0543 -- TOP STORIES -- + US presses concerns on China air zone + Armed Islamists arrested in Moscow + Thai protests spread beyond Bangkok + Crane collapse at Brazil World Cup site kills two China-US-Japan-diplomacy-dispute,WRAP WASHINGTON The United States presses concerns over China's newly declared air defense zone a day after American B-52s overfly the disputed area in the East China Sea.

Berlusconi says it is bitter day of mourning for Italian democracy

ROME (Reuters) - Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi, on the verge of being stripped of his seat in parliament after a tax fraud conviction, said Wednesday was a dark day for the country's democracy. "It is a bitter day, a day of mourning for Italian democracy," said Berlusconi at a street rally outside his Rome residence minutes before the voting to expel him from parliament is expected to begin.

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Duty Editor: Jocelyne Zablit Tel: +33 1 40.41.46.36 -- TOP STORIES -- + Latvian PM quits over store collapse + Merkel reaches coalition agreement + Berlusconi faces expulsion from parliament + Thai protests escalate outside Bangkok + European court mulls France's burqa ban Latvia-accident-politics,WRAP RIGA

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Duty Editor: Jocelyne Zablit Tel: +33 1 40.41.46.36 -- TOP STORIES -- + Merkel agrees coalition deal with main rivals + Berlusconi prepares to be expelled from parliament + Protests in Thailand escalate + French court rules against child care worker on veil + First book printed in US sells for $14 million Germany-politics,WRAP BERLIN

Berlusconi lawmakers pull out of Italy coalition

Silvio Berlusconi's party formally withdrew its support for Italy's ruling coalition on Tuesday in a widely expected move on the eve of a vote to expel the billionaire tycoon from the Senate. "The conditions for continuing our cooperation with this government no longer exist," Paolo Romani, chief senator for Berlusconi's Forza Italia (Go Italy) party, said in a message on Twitter. dt/mfp

Football: Kaka eyes turning point as Milan prepare for Celtic test

AC Milan midfielder Kaka hopes a win over Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday could be the turning point in his club's turbulent campaign. Kaka and company travelled to Glasgow on Monday sitting a lowly 13th in Serie A on the back of a dismal run of five league matches and another defeat at Parkhead would deal a blow to their hopes of making the Champions League knock-out stages. Milan are currently second in Group H, one point ahead of third placed Ajax, but a Celtic win would lift the Scottish champions above their Italian rivals with just one game left to play.

Berlusconi requests review of fraud trial over new evidence

Italy's Silvio Berlusconi on Monday said he was requesting a judicial review of his tax fraud trial based on new evidence, ahead of a vote to expel him from the Senate because of his criminal conviction. "These documents will allow us to make a request for a review at the appeals court," Berlusconi said, referring to a case in which he received a definitive conviction from the supreme court on August 1. dt/mfp

Berlusconi asks rivals not to expel him from parliament

Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Monday pleaded with his political rivals not to vote to expel him from parliament later this week, saying the decision was "not about me but about democracy". Berlusconi said fellow senators should not "trample the principles of democracy", warning them against "a decision which would shame you in front of your children, your voters and all Italians". dt/mfp

Football: Milan leave stadium after players meet angry 'ultras'

An angry protest launched by hardline "ultra" fans finally ended outside AC Milan's San Siro stadium on Saturday nearly two hours after a 1-1 draw with Genoa, but only after demands to speak to players had been met. Milan have endured a disastrous start to the campaign for the second successive season and had targeted a win against Genoa to end a run of four games without a win that has left the Serie A giants in the second half of the table.

Football: Milan 'ultras' block players in stadium

AC Milan's players were blocked inside the San Siro stadium late on Saturday as hundreds of angry hardline 'ultra' supporters gathered at the exit following a 1-1 draw at home against 10-man Genoa. Under-pressure Milan had been looking to claim their first league win since a 1-0 win over Udinese in mid-October. However Alberto Gilardino levelled from the spot for the visitors after a fourth-minute opener by Milan forward Kaka and Milan's woes continued when striker Mario Balotelli missed a spot-kick just after the half-hour.
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