* MSCI World index steady after scoring record highs for 7 days 

  * Wall Street slips, European shares fall 

  * Japanese stocks powered up by stimulus hopes 

  * Euro edges up against dollar before Thursday ECB meeting 

  * Aussie slips even as RBA goes ahead with tapering (Updates with start of U.S. trading; adds dateline, byline) 

  By Chris Prentice and Danilo Masoni 

  WASHINGTON/MILAN, Sept 7 (Reuters) – World stock markets fell from record highs and U.S. shares were mixed on Tuesday as mounting worries over the slowing pace of economic recovery and the impact of the coronavirus Delta variant overtook investors’ hopes the Federal Reserve will delay tapering. 

  Wall Street opened softer after Monday’s U.S. Labor Day holiday and the MSCI world equity index retreated from a record hit overnight, following seven consecutive days of gains to all-time highs. 

  That followed gains during Asia’s trading hours on…

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