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Cashing Out: The End of Hong Kong's Historic Trading Floor

In its heyday in the 1980s, more than a thousand brokers dressed in signature red blazers made deals on the trading floor of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, in what was a raucous, competitive bear pit.

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Venezuelans Use Bitcoin 'Mining' to Escape Inflation

Inside a locked room in an office building in Caracas, 20 humming computers use their data-crunching power to mine bitcoins, an increasingly popular tool in the fight against Venezuela's hyperinflation.

In warehouses, offices and homes, miners are using modified computers to perform complex computations, essentially book-keeping for digital transactions worldwide, for which they earn a commission in bitcoins.

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Monks and Nuns Make Big Business in France

After prayers at the Chantelle Abbey in Allier, central France, a marketing meeting between the abbey's nuns and their employees discusses the latest orders for its on-site soap and cosmetics products, the delivery destination: Germany.

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Report: UAE Markets Lead as Gulf Share Values Plummet

The value of shares traded on Gulf stock markets plummeted this year, a report said on Sunday, in the latest sign of how the region's economies are struggling with the drop in oil prices. 

The United Arab Emirates' exchanges in Dubai and Abu Dhabi led the dive in liquidity levels, which measure the value of traded shares and are normally a reflection of the health of national economy.

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Italy Regions Vote on Autonomy Bid

Voters in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto were voting Sunday in referendums on autonomy, against the backdrop of Catalonia's push for independence from Spain.

The consultative votes are only the beginning of a process which could over time lead to powers being devolved from Rome.

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Thousands March in Berlin against Far-Right AfD

Thousands of demonstrators marched Sunday in Berlin, in protest against the far-right Alternative for Germany's debut in parliament next week.

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WHO Chief Reverses Mugabe Ambassador Appointment

The head of the World Health Organization on Sunday reversed his decision to name Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador, following widespread uproar.

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Indonesia Says Army Chief Barred from U.S., Seeks Explanation

Indonesia said Sunday its military chief had been refused entry to the United States and asked Washington for an explanation.

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Abe Sweeps to Resounding Victory in Japan Vote

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swept to a resounding victory in a snap election Sunday, winning a mandate to harden his already hawkish stance on North Korea and re-energize the world's number-three economy.

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U.S.-Backed Forces Seize Major Syria Oilfield

A U.S.-backed Arab-Kurd alliance announced on Sunday it had retaken one of Syria's largest oilfields from the Islamic State group in the east of country.

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