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(Reuters) - Australian shares rose on Wednesday with banking and mining stocks leading the charge, as hopes that U.S. lawmakers could clinch a much-sought-after fiscal stimulus package by the end of the week supported global equity markets. FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians are reflected in a window displaying stock prices at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in Sydney, Australia, February 13, 2018. REUTERS/David Gray. The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 0.4%, or 21.4 points, to 6,203.50 by 0025 GMT after losing 0.7% in the previous session. Overnight, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed hopes of clearing the coronavirus relief package this week, bringing some stability to mar... Full story

21 October