Italy is determined to stick to its plan to increase its budget deficit to 2.4% of GDP next year, despite warnings from the EU and a credit downgrade by Moody's to just one level above "junk" status. The government says it's willing to continue dialogue with Brussels and the EU's Economic Affairs Commissioner insists he doesn't want a "crisis" with Italy. Also, the latest instalment of slasher film "Halloween" rakes in $77.5 million at the North American box office for its opening weekend.

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