BRIEF-Monte Paschi shares up, bank seeks more time for rescue plan
* Bank asked ECB for 3-week extension to 5 billion euros rescue plan deadline Further company coverage: (Reporting by Milan newsroom)
WASHINGTON Dec 28 President Barack Obama will discuss the last-minute negotiations to avert the "fiscal cliff" during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, the network said in a statement.
SYDNEY, Dec 8 Asian shares hustled to one-month highs on Thursday after Wall Street strode to another record, while bonds rallied on wagers the European Central Bank would extend its stimulus campaign at a policy meeting later in the session.
SINGAPORE/TOKYO, Dec 8 The euro edged up and traded near a three-week high against the dollar on Thursday ahead of a European Central Bank policy decision, as the greenback lost momentum from the recent pull-back in U.S. bond yields.