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BusinessWeek

Led by China and India, Asia's superfast economies have dazzled observers for the last decade. But until recently the defining feature of most of them was corporate bigness. Now Asia is the scene of a broad flowering of startup activity -- as evi

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Washington Times

China is shipping so many goods to the US that the Chinese often find it cheaper to build new containers with low-cost labor and leave their empty ones in the US than send them home empty. "These containers are here to stay,"

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Iranmania

OPEC member Iran has signed a $2.7 billion oil refinery upgrade deal with China which will help feed the Islamic republic's hunger for fuel, Iranian state television reported. Under the accord, a consortium led by Chinese firm Sinopec will upgra

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AFP

Investor confidence in Germany slumped to its lowest level in 14 months this month, a new poll has shown, with the party mood in the eurozone's biggest economy soured by a nasty-tasting cocktail of the strong euro, high oil prices and imminent ta

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London Times

FEARS are growing of a sharp slowdown in the global economy, triggered by big increases in energy prices and rising interest rates. Economists at HSBC say there is a greater risk of a “hard landing” for both the world economy and Britain.

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Christian Science Monitor

If Iran were to pull out of the oil market, Standard & Poor's estimates that oil could jump to $90 a barrel, says Mr. Wyss. If Iran tries to close the Strait of Hormuz, he says, "you are talking $150 a barrel."

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AP

In a chilly summit prelude, President Bush blocked Russia's entry into the World Trade Organization and President Vladimir Putin mockingly said Moscow doesn't want the kind of violence-plagued democracy the United States has fostered in Iraq.

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Reuters

[Where's the beef?] A dispute over access for U.S. meat to the Russian market helped frustrate U.S.-Russian talks on a deal for Russia to join the World Trade Organization, America's top trade negotiator said. After intense, late-night neg

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AP

The G-8 summit that President Bush and seven other world leaders are attending next weekend in Russia is often billed as a gathering of the world's leading economic powers. It is not. Consider: China, now the world's fourth-largest economy an

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Financial Times

Memories of Russia's default on $40 billion of domestic debt 8 years ago, when people queued outside banks to withdraw rubles that were plummeting in value, have barely faded from the national psyche. Yet, remarkably, with coffers swollen

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The Independent

High in the Himalayas, a barbed wire fence snakes its way across a desolate landscape. On most days, a thick, white, freezing cloud descends across the peaks, and it is hard to see anything. But now and then a figure looms out of the mist, dressed in

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BusinessWeek

The financial data coming out of China is alarming. Growth in the first quarter hit a torrid 10.3%. On June 12, the government reported that China's global trade surplus hit $13 billion in May, with exports climbing 25% vs. the year-ago period. T

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Reuters

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will urge Asian nations at a security meeting in Singapore to resist attempts to exclude the US from regional groupings. The "United States is very much a Pacific nation" and that he would meet as many a

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Aljazeera.com via Rense.com

Now Iran, the 2nd largest OPEC producer, is getting ready to open a new oil bourse that will trade in euros. And Venezuela is said to be actively discussing the same move.

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by Jerome R. Corsi - www.humaneventsonline.com

The idea to form the North American Union as a super-NAFTA knitting together Canada, the United States and Mexico into a super-regional political and economic entity is well under way... (Watch the Mexican elections in July)

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Christian Science Monitor

A tightly knit group of Indaparapeo immigrants living in the US is sending money back to fuel a university scholarship program. Typically, migrants who cobble together remittances choose to build publicly viewable bridges, roads, or soccer parks. But

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AFP

The United Arab Emirates and South Korea signed a series of accords yesterday, including a memorandum of understanding on stockpiling Emirati oil in South Korea, on the second day of a visit by the South Korean president. The MoU, whose terms have y

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Associated Press

The European Union and six Central American leaders said they hoped to launch free trade talks before the end of the year. EU leaders at a summit warned Bolivia and Venezuela that their increasingly nationalist policies could clip economic growth, an

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AFP

The competitiveness of the US economy, still the highest in the world, is being undermined by the US government, allowing more efficient and smaller Asian and Nordic economies to catch up, a leading ranking of the most competitive nations show

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Sydney Morning Herald

A decision to officially brand China a manipulator would require the administration to formally open negotiations with Beijing but its main effect would be as a signal to currency markets that the US wants the dollar to decline in value.

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Meet Charles Koch. Philosopher, engineer, self-trained economist, libertarian activist, philanthropist -- and the CEO of Koch Industries, a $60 billion, 80,000-employee empire, which just recently became the largest and most profitable privately held

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