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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan first annual trade deficit in more than 30 years calls into question how much longer the country can rely on exports to help finance a huge public debt without having to turn to fickle foreign investors.
LITTLE ROCK, Ar (Reuters) - Strong winds, heavy rains and golf-ball sized hail lashed parts of Arkansas late on Sunday, as forecasters issued tornado warnings and cautioned that storms could mete out damage to several southeast states into Monday.


Portuguese 5Y bond yields just broke to Euro-era record levels at over 22.5% taking then up to the same levels at which Greece traded just four short months ago. Ironically, Bloomberg notes

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AIKEN/GREENVILE, South Carolina (Reuters) - Presidential rivals Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich battled to win last-minute supporters on Saturday in a South Carolina primary that could reshape the Republican nominating contest.

“The reason capitalism has triumphed in the West and sputtered in the rest of the world is because most of the assets in Western nations have been integrated into one formal representational system . . . By transforming people with real property interests into accountable individuals, formal property created individuals from masses. People no longer needed to rely on neighborhood relationships or make local arrangements to protect their rights to assets.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria rejected on Monday a request by Arab League foreign ministers that President Bashar al-Assad hand over power to a deputy and set up a new unity government, saying the plan was part of a "conspiracy against Syria."


Yesterday we asked rhetorically if Ben Bernanke has become the gold bug's best friend courtesy of his FOMC

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Money talks, and these days it’s just about screaming at us. If the rise and fall of stock exchanges aren’t front and centre on the evening news, then it’s our overheated housing market. It seems like almost
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For months now we have been following US naval developments and deployments in the Arabian Sea, which serve one purpose and one purpose only - to demonstrate US military strength in the Straits of

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(Reuters) - Nintendo Co Ltd posted a 61 percent drop in quarterly operating profit on Thursday and forecast a 45 billion yen ($580 million) operating loss for the year to March, far worse than market expectations, hit by weak sales and the strong yen.
Matt Brittin, the internet giant's new European head, says it wants to offer country-specific solutions to address local needs.

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Something big must be happening behind the scenes because the level of broad popular distraction just hit ludicrous speed. The latest news, Read more...


It was only yesterday that we noted that Spain (and its 23% unemployment) had tipped its

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By way of Goldman Sachs

The week past was one of improving sentiment for risky assets. The positive stream of data surprises out of the US continued with a sharp drop in initial

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy is once again setting himself up to look like a fool, this time over his pledge to implement a tax on all financial transactions, popularly referred to as the "Tobin Tax".

Just days after pledging to proceed with a tax on all financial transaction tax in France if the rest of the Europe would not go along, he walked away from the "Tobin Tax" idea completely after receiving pressure from French banks.

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A WTO appeals panel ruled against China's efforts to limit the export of raw materials used in the steel and chemicals industries, a decision that could provide the U.S. and Europe with ammunition against similar limits on China's rare-earth exports.

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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran was ready for nuclear talks with the world powers amid toughening sanctions aimed at forcing Tehran to sharply scale back its nuclear program.

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The bickering over a half percentage point reduction on the discount rate continued over the weekend as Greek Bondholders Draw Line in the Sand
Private owners of Greek debt have made their “maximum” offer for the losses they are willing to accept, the bondholders’ lead negotiator has said, implying that any further demands could kill off a “voluntary” deal and trigger

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Businessman and reality TV personality Donald Trump is endorsing Mitt Romney in the race for the 2012 Republican nomination, sources said on Thursday, a day after U.S. media reported the real estate mogul would be endorsing Romney's rival Newt Gingrich.
LONDON (Reuters) - Four radical Islamists admitted in court Wednesday plotting to bomb the London Stock Exchange as part of a campaign of al Qaeda-inspired attacks across the British capital in the run-up to Christmas 2010.


The US economy grew at a 2.8% annualized pace in the supposedly blistering fourth quarter, yet the number was a

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