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Oil Edges Back in Asia after Sharp Losses

Oil prices edged up in Asia on Tuesday, a day after retreating on a stronger dollar, but worries about a global supply glut are keeping gains in check ahead of a key producers' meeting next month.

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France to Call for Halt to Talks on EU-U.S. Trade Deal

France will ask the European Commission to halt negotiations on a massive trade deal between the European Union and the United States, the country's junior minister for trade said Tuesday.

"There is no more political support in France for these negotiations" and "France calls for an end to these negotiations," Matthias Fekl told RMC radio.

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Kerry Arrives in India for Trade, Security Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in India on Monday for talks on ambitious plans to hike trade between the world's two largest democracies five-fold to around $100 billion.  

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Egypt Passes Tax Law Sought by IMF

Egypt's parliament on Monday passed a law on value added tax, one of the reforms promised in exchange for a $12 billion loan agreed with the International Monetary Fund, lawmakers said.

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Kerry Urges Improved Worker Rights in Bangladesh

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called for improved worker rights in Bangladesh following the collapse of a garment factory complex and other disasters that have claimed more than 1,200 lives.

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Chinese Cities Shut Down Factories ahead of G20 Summit

Chinese authorities have shut down scores of factories and ordered a mandatory holiday for workers ahead of a summit of leaders of the Group of 20 economic powers, authorities said.

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Asia Markets Dip, Tokyo Soars as U.S. Rate Talk Hits Yen

Japanese stocks rallied on a weaker yen but other Asian markets retreated Monday after Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen hinted at a U.S. interest rate hike by the end of the year.

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German Minister Says Talks on EU-U.S. Trade Deal Have 'Failed'

Germany's vice chancellor and economy minister Sigmar Gabriel said Sunday that negotiations on a massive trade between the European Union and the United States were effectively dead in the water.

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U.N. Says Gender Inequality Costs Africa $95B a Year

The U.N. on Sunday urged African nations to close a gender gap that is costing an estimated $95 billion (84 billion euros) a year in lost economic potential.

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Shoddy Home Renovations May Have Contributed to Italy Quake Toll

Shoddy, price-cutting renovations, in breach of local building regulations, could be partly to blame for the high death toll from this week's devastating earthquake in central Italy, according to a prosecutor investigating the disaster.

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