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Asian shares steady; euro hampered by Italian political risk

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By Masayuki KitanoSINGAPORE (Reuters) - Asian shares held steady on Thursday, while the euro struggled near five-month lows set a day earlier following a report that Italian populist parties trying to form a coalition could ask the European Central Bank to forgive 250 billion euros of debt.In equity markets, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was little changed, while Japan's Nikkei gained 0.4 percent and South Korea's KOSPI rose 0.4 percent.Worries about political risks had jolted Italian markets and pressured the euro following reports that Italy's ...

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 06:36 IST
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