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Credit Suisse Profits Jump by Nearly a Quarter

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse said Tuesday a strong performance by its private banking unit helped first quarter net profit rise by 23 percent to 1.05 billion Swiss francs (1.02 billion euros, $1.1 billion), outstripping forecasts by analysts.

Its investment bank posted a 14 percent rise in pre-tax profits to 945 million francs.

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Dollar Ticks up Despite U.S. Rate Hike Uncertainty

The dollar ticked higher Tuesday despite comments from a Federal Reserve official that cast doubt on a mid-year interest rate hike, while Greece's bailout woes held back the euro.

In Tokyo, the greenback bought 119.44 yen, up from 119.22 yen in New York and sharply higher from 118.62 yen in Tokyo earlier Monday.

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Global, Chinese Automakers Debut New Models

Ford showed off its new Taurus and Nissan unveiled a midsize sedan and a SUV designed for China on Monday at a Shanghai Auto Show that highlighted rising competition from lower-priced Chinese auto brands.

Competition in China is intensifying as economic growth slows and more manufacturers pile into the world's biggest auto market by number of vehicles sold. Global automakers are spending heavily to appeal to Chinese tastes and local brands are rolling out lower-cost version of SUVs and other popular vehicles.

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Venezuela Receives $5 bn Funding from China

Cash-strapped Venezuela has received $5 billion in financing from China, President Nicolas Maduro announced Sunday as his country struggles with an economic crisis.

"We just received $5 billion more in financing for development," Maduro said in a radio and television address.

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Report: Latin America Most Dangerous Region for Land Activists

Latin America was the most dangerous place for environmental and land activists, accounting for three quarters of all killings last year, according to a report Monday.

A total of 116 activists were killed around the world last year, with 87 taking place in Latin America, according to the report from Britain-based watchdogs Global Witness. 

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'More Than 30%' of Arab Youth Jobless

More than 30 percent of young Arabs are jobless because of unrest in many Arab nations and not enough investment, a top labor official said on Sunday.

"The unemployment rate among Arab youth until the age of 30 years exceeds 30 percent," the director general of the Arab Labor Organization Ahmad Mohammed Luqman told AFP.

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Maduro Marks Two Years in Power in Tough Times

Embattled President Nicolas Maduro marks two years in power Sunday with Venezuela's deep pockets pinched hard by plummeting oil prices, Latin America's highest inflation and simmering anger on the streets.

"It is very clear that Venezuelans of all socioeconomic groups have seen their quality of life lose ground. But the poor are those who have lost the most," said economist Maxim Ross at the Universidad Monte Avila in Caracas.

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French Finance Minister: Euro is at Good Level Now

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said Friday that Europeans seek "stability over the long term" with the euro "at its current level."

"If we would like to, or we would let known that we would like to, let the euro's value fall further, we would enter a dangerous zone," he said.

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Greece, Creditors to Hold more Debt Talks Saturday

Greece and its international creditors will meet Saturday in Paris to discuss Athens' massive debt bailout programme and reforms it must adopt in exchange for urgently needed funds, sources said.

Progress in the talks has so far proved elusive while Athens is running out of money to pay its creditors, raising the risk of a default and a potentially chaotic exit from the single currency bloc.

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Spanish Authorities Search ex-IMF Chief Rato's Offices for Second Day

Spanish tax authorities carried out new searches Friday of former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato's Madrid offices in a money-laundering probe as the country questioned whether he had been made a scapegoat in the ruling Popular Party's anti-corruption drive.

Rato is already being investigated for alleged fraud during his time as chief executive at Bankia, a Spanish bank which needed to be bailed out by the government.

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