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Kerry Urges Improved Worker Rights in Bangladesh

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called for improved worker rights in Bangladesh following the collapse of a garment factory complex and other disasters that have claimed more than 1,200 lives.

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Chinese Cities Shut Down Factories ahead of G20 Summit

Chinese authorities have shut down scores of factories and ordered a mandatory holiday for workers ahead of a summit of leaders of the Group of 20 economic powers, authorities said.

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Asia Markets Dip, Tokyo Soars as U.S. Rate Talk Hits Yen

Japanese stocks rallied on a weaker yen but other Asian markets retreated Monday after Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen hinted at a U.S. interest rate hike by the end of the year.

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German Minister Says Talks on EU-U.S. Trade Deal Have 'Failed'

Germany's vice chancellor and economy minister Sigmar Gabriel said Sunday that negotiations on a massive trade between the European Union and the United States were effectively dead in the water.

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U.N. Says Gender Inequality Costs Africa $95B a Year

The U.N. on Sunday urged African nations to close a gender gap that is costing an estimated $95 billion (84 billion euros) a year in lost economic potential.

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Shoddy Home Renovations May Have Contributed to Italy Quake Toll

Shoddy, price-cutting renovations, in breach of local building regulations, could be partly to blame for the high death toll from this week's devastating earthquake in central Italy, according to a prosecutor investigating the disaster.

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Russia's Lada Maker Boss Eyes Profits despite Struggling Auto Industry

Four months after taking the helm of struggling Russian automobile giant Avtovaz, Renault executive Nicolas Maure has set his sights on returning the Lada maker to profit by 2018.

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S.Sudan Wants Big Budget Despite Economy in Ruins

The government of South Sudan, whose economy has been ravaged by years of war, has adopted an ambitious budget for 2016-2017 of around one billion dollars, three times as big as the previous year's.

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Upbeat Yellen Sees Markets Stir, but Dow Drifts

European stock markets stirred Friday at the end of a tranquil week as Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen indicated there was a case for raising U.S. interest rates.

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Iran, South Korea to Begin Trade in Euros

Iran and South Korea are to start trading in euros, legally circumventing U.S. sanctions on dollar transactions with Tehran, a senior official announced Friday.

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