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Asia shares inch ahead, euro firm before ECB

SYDNEY Asian shares eked out cautious gains on Wednesday as concerns about corporate earnings hobbled Wall Street while investors counted down to the European Central Bank’s policy meeting later in the week. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan … Continue reading

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Oil falls after industry report shows surge in U.S. crude stocks

SINGAPORE Oil prices fell on Wednesday after data from an industry group showed a larger-than-expected build in U.S. crude inventories last week, fanning worries over global oversupply, even as a slightly weaker dollar provided some support. Brent crude for December … Continue reading

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Japan export growth slows sharply, raising fears of recession

TOKYO Japan’s annual export growth slowed to a crawl in September as slumping sales in China shrank the volume of shipments, raising fears that weak overseas demand may have pushed the economy into recession. Ministry of Finance data showed exports … Continue reading

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China aims to lure private investors to projects: state media

SHANGHAI China will look to push out tax breaks, introduce financial incentives and streamline approval processes for infrastructure projects seeking private investment, state media reported, as Beijing looks to drum up so far tepid interest for such schemes. The comments … Continue reading

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Rep. Ryan lays out conditions for seeking speaker’s job

WASHINGTON U.S. Representative Paul Ryan will run for House of Representatives speaker if he receives endorsements from all factions of the deeply divided Republican members, a Ryan spokesman said on Tuesday. “If the members agree with his requests and share … Continue reading

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Democrats mull exit from Benghazi panel: U.S. House member

WASHINGTON Democrats on a U.S. House of Representatives panel set up to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks will discuss resigning from the committee after Hillary Clinton testifies before it this week, a Democratic member of the panel told Reuters on … Continue reading

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Top U.S. general seeks momentum in Iraq, bucks ‘stalemate’ label

BAGHDAD U.S. Marine General Joseph Dunford, who took over this month as America’s top military officer, pledged on Tuesday to seek new ways to build momentum in Iraq’s battle against Islamic State and bucked descriptions of the conflict as a … Continue reading

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Slovenia gives army more power amid migrant crisis

LJUBLJANA The Slovenian parliament passed legislation early on Wednesday that will give the army more power to help police guarding the state border as thousands of migrants flood into the country from Croatia after Hungary sealed off its border. The … Continue reading

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Oil steadies under $50 but outlook uncertain

LONDON Oil prices steadied on Tuesday after a week of falls, but the outlook was uncertain as the head of the world’s biggest independent oil trader said the market would struggle to recover much ground over the next year. Brent … Continue reading

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United Tech profit beats forecasts; buyback, restructuring planned

United Technologies Corp (UTX.N) reported a drop in quarterly profit on Tuesday that still beat analyst expectations, and its chief executive said the industrial manufacturer would announce a significant restructuring before the end of the year. The U.S. aerospace and … Continue reading

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