Government

'Enough vultures, Argentina united for a national cause''

Default? What default? Argentina slams U.S. for using 'D' word

Argentina called in the United States' top diplomat in the country on Tuesday to express its "deep indignation" over a local newspaper interview in which he made reference the South American country's latest debt default.

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F-35 Fighter Jet

Lockheed delivers next version of F-35 logistics system

Lockheed Martin Corp on Monday said it has delivered the next version of the computer-based logistics system used to support the F-35 fighter jet to the U.S. military for flight testing.

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canada dollar

Canada's opposition NDP proposes C$15 federal minimum wage

Canada's New Democrats on Saturday proposed enacting a C$15-an-hour ($13.53) federal minimum wage, as the left-leaning party, lagging in third place in opinion polls, seeks to stake out specific policy positions before a likely 2015 election.

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Abe says 'neutral' on whether to raise Japan sales tax to 10 percent

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday he remained "neutral" on whether to proceed with a hike in Japan's sales tax to 10 percent, adding that decision would hinge on the strength of economic indicators for the current quarter.

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Canada

Canada ratifies China deal, may help smooth relations

Canada has finally ratified a foreign investment protection agreement with China after a two-year delay in a step that may help ease tensions between the two countries and smooth the way for a possible visit to China by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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Mexico

Mexico revises 2013 GDP growth up to 1.4 percent on financial sector

Mexico's economy grew at a rate of 1.4 percent in 2013, according to an upwardly revised estimate of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) reported by national statistics agency INEGI on Friday.

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Employees work at a factory in Japan

Two years after protests, "China risk" still haunts Japan firms

Amid a revival in sales of Japanese goods in China and talk of renewed investment from some big firms such as Toyota, a dusty industrial park near Nanjing offers a cold reality check on the health of ties between Asia's two biggest economies.

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Presidential candidate Marina Silva of Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB)

Brazil's Silva would cut spending, end forex intervention program

Marina Silva would push for large budget cuts and end a central bank foreign exchange program aimed at supporting the currency if she is elected Brazil’s next president in October, a senior economic adviser told Reuters on Thursday.

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Italy

ECB presses Italy to strengthen fiscal position

The European Central Bank pressed Italy on Thursday to further strengthen its fiscal position, arguing that weaker-than-expected economic developments mean the government may miss its current 2014 deficit target.

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Volkswagen

China price regulator fines Volkswagen and Chrysler for price monopoly

China's anti-monopoly regulator on Thursday announced its first-ever punishment of foreign carmakers for price-fixing, fining Volkswagen AG and Fiat's Chrysler a combined $46 million.

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Australian Securities Exchange Screen.

Dollar holds broad gains, NZ dollar stung by RBNZ

The U.S. dollar held near a six-year peak against the yen early on Thursday and powered to a seven-month high on its New Zealand peer, which fell after the country's central bank said its current level is "unjustified and unsustainable".

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NYSE

Futures tick higher after recent weakness

U.S. stock index futures were a touch higher on Wednesday, suggesting investors found few reasons to jump back into the market even after a recent string of weakness.

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

China's economy can avoid hard landing: Premier Li

China's economy can avoid an sharp drop in growth, Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday as he promised to accelerate China's switch to an economic model driven by science and innovation.

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German Flag

One-third of German firms see sanctions hitting Russian business

One in three German companies expect business with Russia to decline sharply this year as a result of economic sanctions imposed due to the Ukraine crisis, a German business lobby group said on Tuesday.

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Mineral muck ore in Philippines

Philippine lawmaker sees five-year grace period before ore export ban

A proposed Indonesia-style ban on exports of unprocessed metal ores from the Philippines may not be implemented for about seven years, the proponent of a bill before Congress said on Tuesday, potentially easing pressure on nickel prices.

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