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Spain's Economic Recovery Masks Lingering Jobs Crisis

Data shows Spain's economy recovering, but tell that to Javier Pichel: this summer he packed and left for the only place he could find a decent job -- Germany.

Millions of Spaniards are scraping by on benefits, family handouts or working cash-in-hand as they wait for the apparent economic rebound to create the hundreds of thousands of jobs the government is promising.

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Back on Track? Nigeria's Oil Refineries Resume Production

Bright orange flames flare upwards from a pencil-thin chimney at the Port Harcourt Refining Company, sending thick black smoke into the white clouds above Nigeria's southern oil hub.

On the ground, workers in boiler suits and hard hats inspect the tanks, valves and gauges around the metal pipes that stretch up, down and across the facility.

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China: Over 20 Countries on 'Waiting List' to Join AIIB

More than 20 countries are waiting to join the China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), its designated president said Saturday as he allayed concerns it was aimed to challenge U.S. and Japanese influence in the region.

The number could bring the AIIB on a par with or even surpass membership in the Japan-led Asian Development Bank (ADB), which currently has 67 members, 19 of them outside of the Asia Pacific, according to its website.

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India Central Bank Chief Warns against Growing too Fast

The head of India's central bank on Friday warned Asia's third-largest economy against trying to grow too fast, pointing to the plight of recession-hit Brazil as a cautionary tale.

Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan told a gathering of business leaders in Mumbai that the Asian giant must focus on "sustainable growth", built on a bedrock of low inflation.

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Tokyo to Digest U.S. Rate Decision over Long Weekend

Tokyo investors will be cautiously watching global stock markets for cues next week to gauge the impact of the U.S. central bank's decision not to raise rates, analysts said. 

Dealers will have three extra days to digest the news, which saw Tokyo shares defy a rally across Asia to end the final day of the week lower, as markets will be closed until Wednesday.

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Oil Prices Mixed in Asia after Fed Holds Interest Rates

Oil prices were mixed in cautious Asian trade Friday after the Federal Reserve kept its benchmark interest rate at zero but warned about weaknesses in the global economy.

News that the US central bank would keep borrowing costs at zero was broadly welcomed across Asia, with most stock markets up, as it eased concerns about a feared flight of capital from the region's struggling economies.

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Saudi Aramco Confirms Nasser as New President

A veteran executive with oil giant Saudi Aramco, Amin Nasser, has been confirmed as the company's president, the Dhahran-based firm said Thursday.

Nasser had been interim president and CEO since May when his predecessor, Khalid al-Falih, became health minister.

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Kuwait Revenues Drop by Nearly Half on Oil Price Slide

Kuwait said Thursday that its government revenues had dropped by nearly half since April as oil-rich Gulf states suffer from the slump in crude prices.

Kuwait and its Gulf neighbors are having to deal with oil prices that have dropped by more than half in a year to below $50 a barrel, with many forecasting deficits after enjoying huge windfalls from high crude prices over many years. 

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Hopes for Shopping Revolution as Malls Sprout in Iran

The traditional bazaar has long been the place to shop in Iran but despite years of sanctions a new generation has discovered a vastly different consumer experience: blatant, unapologetic Western-style consumerism.

Instead of meandering markets echoing with the sound of haggling, huge shopping malls boast multiple floors of retail space, enormous underground parking lots and children's play zones.

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Oil Prices Turn Higher in Asian ahead of Fed Decision

Oil turned higher in Asia Thursday in volatile trading as jittery investors awaited a U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate decision later in the day.

U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for delivery in October was up two cents to $47.17 in afternoon trade, reversing losses earlier in the day.

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