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Deutsche Bank Reports Fall in Profits

Germany's top lender Deutsche Bank announced on Tuesday a 37-percent drop in third quarter profits due to the financial downturn but said it was confident it could face the economic crisis without public capital.

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Harley-Davidson Recalls 308,000 Motorcycles

Harley-Davidson said Monday it is recalling more than 308,000 of its prized motorcycles due to problems with a rear brake light switch.

In filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Harley said the recall involved Touring, CVO Touring and Trike models made between June 6, 2008, and September 16, 2011.

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Oil Prices Climb on Cautious Optimism

World oil prices advanced Monday on cautious optimism after encouraging Chinese and Eurozone economic data, and following the weekend's Eurozone debt crisis summit, analysts said.

New York's main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in December added 35 cents to $87.75 a barrel.

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Asian Shares Rise on European Debt Talks

Asian shares surged on Monday after weekend meetings of European leaders resulted in "good progress" on tackling a regional debt crisis that has threatened to plunge the world economy into recession.

The Eurozone wants to beef up its 440-billion-euro ($610 billion) rescue fund, the European Financial Stability Facility, to convince markets it has the means to protect highly indebted nations such as Italy and Greece.

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Oracle to Buy RightNow for $1.5 Billion

Software company Oracle Corp. said Monday that it is buying RightNow Technologies Inc. for about $1.5 billion so it can offer a broader range of software and services that help businesses manage customer service.

Oracle is offering $43 per share for the tech service company from Bozeman, Mont.. That is a 19.6 percent premium over RightNow's closing price of $35.96 on Friday.

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Kuwait Airways Workers Strike for Wage Increase

Hundreds of Kuwait Airways Corp. staff began an indefinite strike Monday to demand a pay increase for national workers, disrupting flights of the flag carrier, head of the trade union said.

"We have started an open strike from today. It will continue until the government meets our legitimate demands of raising our wages," Abdullah al-Hajeri told Agence France Presse.

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Sarkozy Cites 'Progress' in Europe's Debt Crisis Talks

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Saturday cited "progress" in ongoing talks to contain the Eurozone debt crisis after a telephone conversation earlier with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"I spoke to the chancellor this afternoon, there is progress, we are going to work tonight," he told reporters on arriving in Brussels ahead of a European Union summit Sunday.

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Europe Reopens Greek Bailout Deal Amid Dire Crisis Warnings

European ministers embarked Saturday on overhauling a rescue package for Greece, ahead of crunch French-German talks to resolve a row over a crisis that threatens to cause global recession.

Amid dire warnings that the debt crisis is endangering all of Europe, ministers said that banks had to take a greater share of the pain in a rescue package agreed in July but already seen as insufficient to solve Greek woes.

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China Offers 'Full Fledged' Support for G20 Summit

China on Saturday pledged "full fledged support" for next month's G20 leaders summit in France, as the deepening Eurozone crisis threatens to tip the global economy back into recession.

Vice Premier Wang Qishan, China's top official on financial affairs, made the comments during a meeting with French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, who stopped over in the Chinese capital following a visit to India.

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Asian Shares Mixed Ahead of European Summit

Asian markets were mixed in nervous trade Friday as European leaders put back a final plan to contain the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis.

A rift between France and Germany over how to boost the continent's rescue fund made it unlikely a summit on Sunday would end in a solid deal, leading the 17-nation bloc to announce a second meeting would be held Wednesday.

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