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Emirates Picks Rolls-Royce for $9.2bn Engines Deal

Dubai's Emirates Airline on Friday awarded a lucrative engines deal worth a record $9.2-billion (8.5-billion-euro) to British aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce.

"Emirates has today announced an historic $9.2 billion deal with Rolls-Royce for Trent 900 engines and a long-term TotalCare package," it said in a statement.

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Bloomberg Says Terminals Hit by Global Breakdown

Bloomberg terminals used by subscribers to make trades using real-time developments in business and finance were struck by a "global network problem" for several hours Friday, the company's technical department said.

After users in financial centres around the world flocked to Twitter to complain of the unexpected outage of terminals, Bloomberg technicians began repair operations that started bringing some blanked terminals back on line at around 0945 GMT.

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Oil Prices Retreat on Profit-Taking

Oil prices fell in Asia Friday as investors locked in profits following a six-day rally, with a rise in OPEC's output in March also adding to downward pressure, analysts said.

U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for May delivery dipped 52 cents to $56.19 and Brent crude for June eased 51 cents to $63.47 in afternoon trade.

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Greek Euro Exit Fears Rise as IMF Rebuffs Payment Delay

Top European officials and Greece's finance minister were on Thursday forced to play down fears that the country was poised to exit the eurozone, after the IMF rejected suggestions that Athens would postpone loan repayments.

But the perilous state of Greece's government finances was laid bare when the prime minister confirmed he had been reduced to seeking funding support from the wealthy Greek Orthodox Church.

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Emerging Countries Blast U.S. for not Backing IMF Reform

The emerging economies of the G-24 group sharply criticized the United States on Thursday for holding up what they see as critical reforms of the International Monetary Fund.

Speaking at the spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank, the group said the failure after five years of the U.S. Congress to ratify the reforms was undermining the effectiveness and legitimacy of the global crisis lender.

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Canada's Oil Sands Determined to Weather Price Plunge

Falling oil prices have slowed the phenomenal expansion of Canada's oil sands extraction trade but the industry remains optimistic it is only a temporary setback.

The price of oil fell $60 from June 2014 to January 2015, resulting in a massive budget deficit for the Canadian province of Alberta which will receive Can$7 billion (U.S.$5.7 billion) less in energy royalties this year, forcing the local government to hike taxes and cut services for the first time in a generation.

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Report: Saudi in New Move to Cut Kuwait Neutral Zone Oil Output

Saudi Arabia has told Kuwait it wants to halt production from a jointly operated oilfield in the neutral zone between the two countries, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Thursday.

The Wafra field, which currently produces around 200,000 barrels per day, is the largest onshore field in the 5,000-square-kilometer neutral zone which the Gulf neighbors exploit jointly under a nearly 50-year-old treaty.

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Putin Says Russian Economy has Passed 'Peak' of Problems

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the worst was over for Russia's crisis-hit economy, pointing to the recent rebound of the ruble despite Western sanctions over Ukraine.

"The ruble has stabilized and strengthened," Putin said during his annual phone-in with Russians. "Experts believe that we have passed the peak of the problems."

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Govt: FDI into China Accelerates in March

Foreign direct investment into China picked up in March, official figures showed Thursday, though outbound investment from the world's second-largest economy slowed sharply.

FDI rose 2.2 percent year-on-year last month to $12.4 billion, the commerce ministry said, an acceleration from February's 0.9 percent gain.

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Dollar Struggles as Weak U.S. Data Clouds Rate-Hike Picture

The dollar faced selling pressure Thursday as a batch of weak U.S. data raised the possibility that the Federal Reserve will push back an interest rate hike beyond mid-year.

In Tokyo, the greenback briefly slipped below the 119 yen level before recovering to 119.33 yen in afternoon trade, against 119.14 yen in New York. It was above 120 yen earlier this week.

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