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German Cabin Staff Say Cancelling Lufthansa Strike

Cabin staff at Lufthansa said Wednesday they would cancel a planned strike against the German airline this week to allow for negotiations to resolve a protracted contract dispute.

Two weeks after mounting the longest strike in the company's history, the UFO flight attendants' union said it would call off industrial action scheduled for Thursday and Friday to hold further talks with management.

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Gulf Braces for Austerity as Oil Income Slump Bites

Faced with heavy losses from low oil prices, Gulf states have embarked on belt-tightening measures to cut spending and boost non-crude revenues, but analysts warn much more needs to be done.

After more than a decade of abundant surpluses thanks to high oil prices, the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are projected to post a combined record shortfall of $180 billion in 2015 and the draught is expected to continue for years. 

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Safe-Haven Currencies get Boost after Turkey Jet Strike

The yen and euro got a boost Wednesday as the Turkish downing of a Russian fighter jet sent investors into safer assets on fears about the broader implications of the incident.

Global financial markets were rattled by the shooting on the Syrian border, with European bourses tumbling and oil prices surging on supply fears.

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Oil Prices Turn Higher as Diplomats Seek to Ease Middle East Tensions

Oil prices turned higher in Asia Wednesday as diplomats tried to ease geopolitical tensions sparked by Turkey's shooting down of a Russian fighter jet on the Syrian border.

But the global crude supply glut capped gains ahead of a U.S. Department of Energy report expected to show another build in commercial crude stockpiles, indicating slower demand in the world's top oil consuming nation.

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Oil Climbs as Turkey Shoots Down Russian Jet

Global oil prices rose Tuesday after Turkey shot down a Russian jet on the Syria border, sparking fresh tensions in the crude-rich Middle East, dealers said.

At about 1200 GMT, U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate for delivery in January added 38 cents at $42.13 a barrel.

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Oil Prices up in Asia ahead of OPEC Meeting, U.S. Report

Oil prices climbed in Asia Tuesday before a meeting of the OPEC oil cartel and a report on U.S. commercial crude inventories which will let traders gauge demand in the world's biggest oil consumer.

Analysts said the impact of comments by the Saudi Arabian oil minister, that his country was prepared to work with other oil producers to stabilize prices, was muted because there was no firm signal to slash production to ease the global glut.

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Tokyo's Nikkei Index Rebounds to Fresh Three-Month High

Tokyo's benchmark stock index cast off earlier losses Tuesday as bargain hunting pushed it to a fresh three-month high.

The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange rose 0.23 percent, or 45.08 points, to finish at 19,924.89, its highest since late August.

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Audi to Spend 50 Mn Euros to Repair Diesel Cars in U.S.

Audi said Monday it will spend about 50 million euros upgrading software that regulators believe flouts U.S. pollution limits in larger diesel cars in the U.S.

The upscale brand of embattled German auto giant Volkswagen said the repairs will cover auxiliary emission control devices (AECD) for V6 diesel 3.0-liter cars that the Environmental Protection Agency has since early November alleged violate U.S. emissions laws.

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Russia Says Recession Over but Economic Pain Goes On

Russia's economy minister on Monday said the country has edged out of recession but the crisis-hit economy remains mired deep in trouble. 

"According to formal indicators the recession in the Russian economy has finished," minister Alexei Ulyukaev was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti news agency.

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Dollar up on Rate Rise as Markets Slow ahead of Thanksgiving

The dollar rose against the yen and emerging Asian currencies on Monday, boosted by a looming U.S. interest rate hike, but analysts said liquidity will be thin ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Mounting expectations the U.S. will raise interest rates for the first time in almost a decade next month have driven the greenback higher.

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