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Euro falls to 22-month low versus dollar on diverging rate outlooks

The euro hit a 22-month low against the dollar on Thursday on the prospect of diverging monetary policy between the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank as rate differentials swing decisively in the greenback's favor.

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Viktor Yanukovich and Vladimir Putin

As Ukraine's debt tangle unwinds, Russia holds key thread

A selloff on Ukraine's dollar debt is focusing attention on a controversial $3 billion bond held by Russia, raising investor concerns that President Vladimir Putin could use the issue to trigger a cascade of defaults across Kiev's sovereign Eurobonds.

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Natural Gas

EU plans for Iran gas imports if sanctions go

The European Union is quietly increasing the urgency of a plan to import natural gas from Iran, as relations with Tehran thaw while those with top gas supplier Russia grow chillier.

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Asian Stocks

Asia cheered by Wall St. rebound, dollar resumes advance

Asian stocks rose early on Thursday, cheered by a sizeable overnight rebound on Wall Street, while the dollar resumed its advance after upbeat economic data undercut safe-haven bids and pushed yields higher.

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Yen Dollar

Yen up on PM Abe's concern; record-breaking dollar run stalls

The yen rose on Wednesday after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced concern about the economic impact of its fall to a six-year low, adding to the sense of a halt this week in the dollar's record-breaking run since July.

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Japan, China, South Korea agree to ensure geopolitical risks don't threaten recovery

Financial policymakers of Japan, China and South Korea agreed to work together to ensure that geopolitical tensions will not threaten the region's economic recovery.

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News on Scotland's referendum (background)

Relief over Scotland gives way to 'Great Stagnation' worries

Scotland's rejection of independence and a lack of any fireworks at a Fed meeting last week have calmed investors enough to shift the focus back to what some call the "Great Stagnation", and how to avoid it.

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Chancellor Merkel

French and German visions for Europe to clash in Berlin

Germany and France will try to reconcile divergent visions of how to fix Europe's economy on Monday when Manuel Valls makes his first visit to Berlin as French prime minister and holds talks with Angela Merkel.

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European Stability Mechanism Managing Director Klaus Regling

ESM's chief says EU, IMF in no mood for a Greek debt haircut

Greece's international creditors have no appetite for considering a haircut as a way to lighten its debt load, the head of the European Stability Mechanism, the euro zone's bailout fund organization, told Greek Sunday newspaper Realnews.

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G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting

As G20 chases growth goal, members differ on how to get there

Financial leaders of the Group of 20 top economies remain committed to chasing higher global growth, but were divided on how to achieve it as Germany pushed back at calls from the United States and others for more immediate stimulus.

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US Dollar, Swiss Franc, British Poung and Euro Bank Notes

Asian shares up, Scottish vote seen lifting Europe

The British pound rose sharply after the Scottish independence vote indicated Scotland would remain in the United Kingdom, while Wall Street's overnight gains and Alibaba Group's red-hot initial public offering underpinned Asian shares.

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Wall Street

Wall Street sees holes in Fed's new policy-tightening plan

No sooner did the Federal Reserve reveal its plan for eventually tightening U.S. monetary policy than many on Wall Street flagged problems with the mechanics of the strategy, and said more adjustments would have to come.

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People’s Bank of China (PBOC)

China's central bank adviser: no strong stimulus needed as long as growth within range

China does not need strong policy stimulus as long as economic growth hovers within the government's targeted range, a policy adviser to the People's Bank of China said on Thursday, an indication Beijing will continue with targeted steps to support growth.

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Gold

China advances gold exchange launch, Singapore delays contract

China will launch its international gold exchange 11 days ahead of schedule, sources said on Tuesday, racing ahead in the scramble to set up an Asian bullion benchmark as rival Singapore is forced to delay its gold contract due to technical issues.

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Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Speaker of the State Duma Sergei Naryshkin

Russia needs government investment to avoid recession, says former finance minister

Russia risks slipping into recession because the government is not investing enough in the economy to weather Western sanctions, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Tuesday, criticizing the strategy so far.

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