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Turkey Visitor Numbers Slump over 30% in April

The number of foreigners visiting Turkey crashed by almost 30 percent in April as tourists stayed away due to security fears following a wave of attacks and tensions with Russia.

Some 1.75 million foreigners came to Turkey in April, down 28.07 percent on April 2015, the tourism ministry said in its latest release.

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Oil Dips after Meeting Resistance at $50 Level

Oil prices dipped in Asia Friday, pulling back further from the psychological $50 level as traders took profit and expectations of tighter global supply receded.

At about 0645 GMT, US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for July delivery was down 32 cents at $49.16 a barrel while Brent North Sea crude, the European standard, was 33 cents lower at $49.26.

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Militants Attack Chevron Oil Facility in Niger Delta

A militant group has attacked a Chevron installation in the Niger delta, a maritime expert confirmed Thursday, the latest damage to Nigeria's oil infrastructure that is dragging output to 20-year lows.

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Brent Crude Surpasses $50 a Barrel for First Time this Year

Brent crude passed $50 a barrel for the first time in 2016 on Thursday after data showed a fall in US crude inventories, adding to expectations of a tightening global market.

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Duterte Vows Economic Growth Outside of 'Dead' Philippine Capital

Incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte pledged Thursday to spread economic activity beyond the overpopulated capital of Manila, calling it a "dead" city overrun by shantytowns.

Duterte said he would create new jobs by setting up economic zones outside of Manila to spread the wealth beyond the sprawling metropolis of about 15 million people, and that he would not allow any more factories to be built in the capital.

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Greece Wins Cash in 'Breakthrough' Deal, but Rocky Road ahead on Debt

Eurozone ministers reached Wednesday a vital deal to unlock urgent cash for Greece but analysts warned promises to tackle the country's debt mountain are sketchy, spelling trouble further down the road.

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Brazil's Acting President Wins Deficit Plan Victory

Brazil's Congress authorized a major increase in the budget deficit Wednesday, handing interim president Michel Temer a first victory in his bid to tackle the Latin American giant's sickly economy.

However, the leaking of a secret recording in which a powerful ally of Temer, Senate President Renan Calheiros, is said to discuss a plan to weaken a huge anti-corruption probe posed fresh embarrassment for the new administration.

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Report: Blow for Apple as India Sticks to Retail Rules

Apple faces a roadblock in its quest to open stores in India after the finance minister decided it must comply with tough local sourcing rules, a report said Wednesday, days after a visit by chief executive Tim Cook.

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Strike-Hit France Dips into Fuel Reserves

France said Wednesday it has dipped into its strategic oil reserves due to blockades at refineries as power workers threatened to join gathering protests against a labor law reform.

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Dollar Holds Gains against Yen as Markets Turn Risk-on

The dollar held gains against the yen Wednesday after risk appetite among Asian investors jumped on the back of rising expectations of a rise in U.S. borrowing costs.

Sentiment in regional markets turned sharply positive after stocks in Europe and on Wall Street rallied on Tuesday on much better-than-expected data for U.S. new-home sales, boosting the case for another U.S. interest rate hike.

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