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Eurozone Keeps Heat on Greece, Holds Back Aid

Eurozone finance ministers regroup Monday to pressure Greece to unite behind reforms in return for aid vital to its financial survival, and boost the firepower of a bailout fund to protect Italy.

As Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou scrambles to form a coalition government, the eurozone is holding back the next slice of aid, eight billion euros ($11 billion), until rival parties back a new eurozone rescue package.

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Over 1 Million People Visit Iraqi Kurdistan

More than one million people have visited the autonomous Kurdistan region in north Iraq -- a haven of relative stability -- in the past nine months, a tourism official said on Saturday.

"The number of tourists who visited Kurdistan during the last nine months reached 1.15 million tourists," Mawlawi Jabbar, the head of the General Committee for Tourism in the Kurdistan tourism and municipalities ministry, told Agence France Presse.

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France Passes G20 Baton after Messy Cannes Summit

France's year-long G20 term stumbled to a messy end at the Cannes summit, where President Nicolas Sarkozy's dreams of reforming world finance were torpedoed by the eurozone debt crisis.

The leaders of the world's most powerful economies cobbled together a list of promised measures to boost growth and reinforce the IMF, but the statement was short on detail and all eyes were fixed on Rome and Athens.

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Greek PM Starts Talks on Crisis Government

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou Saturday was to start talks on forming a national crisis government to stave off bankruptcy in his debt-laden country after winning a nail-biting confidence vote.

In a dramatic late-night parliament session that began Friday evening and went well into the early hours of Saturday morning, Papandreou also hinted he would step aside in the interest of national unity.

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India Govt. Faces Revolt over 4th Petrol Hike in Year

India's prime minister returned from abroad on Saturday to face a political revolt over a petrol price increase with a key coalition ally threatening to withdraw support unless the hike is reversed.

The regional Trinamool Congress, the second-largest party in the coalition with 19 lawmakers, said it may quit the ruling alliance unless Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rolls back the price rise.

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Merkel Says Decade Needed to Clean up EU Debts

Europe will need a decade to clean up its finances and emerge from the current debt crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared Saturday.

Resolving the debt crisis "is a path which calls for much effort, and along which we will have to advance step by step," Merkel said the day after the end of a G20 summit in Cannes, France, which was dominated by the issue.

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Greece Scraps Referendum Ahead of Crunch Confidence Vote

Greece announced officially Friday that it had scrapped plans to hold a referendum that had enraged EU leaders, ahead of a knife-edge confidence vote which threatened to spark yet more chaos.

Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said in a statement that he had informed top EU officials "of Greece's decision not to hold a referendum", the first senior Greek politician to announce it so clearly.

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Asian Shares up after Greece Vote U-Turn

Asian markets rose Friday after Greece's prime minister backed away from his controversial plan for a national vote on last week's eurozone rescue package.

Investor confidence was also boosted by a surprise rate cut by the European Central Bank.

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LinkedIn Posts 3Q Loss, Revenue Growth Accelerates

LinkedIn suffered its first quarterly loss since its initial public offering roused Wall Street a few months ago.

The setback, announced Thursday, wasn't as severe as analysts anticipated. The online professional networking service invested in an expansion aimed at changing the way people find jobs and advance their careers.

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G20 Powers Pledge to Boost Growth

World economic powers will attempt to kickstart the global economy on Friday by boosting funds to fight the debt crisis and encouraging consumers to spend their way out of a threatened recession.

The shadow of debt-laden Greece still hung heavily over the second and final day of the Group of 20 summit in the French resort of Cannes, as Prime Minister George Papandreou faced a late-night vote of confidence in Athens.

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