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China Opens Oil and Gas Exploration to Foreign Firms

China will allow foreign companies to take part in oil and gas exploration and production in the country, in what officials hailed Thursday as a "major reform" opening up the industry.

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U.S. Stocks Edge Up in Hopes Iran Clash Will Ebb

Wall Street stocks edged higher early Wednesday amid hopes that U.S.-Iran hostilities will not worsen while US hiring data topped expectations.

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Iran Crisis Sparks Fear over Mid East Oil Supplies

The burgeoning Iran crisis has sparked oil supply worries over the Strait of Hormuz -- a vital shipping lane for a fifth of global crude -- and also over Iraq's output, analysts say.

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Oil Markets Unfazed by Iranian Strikes on U.S. Targets

World oil prices dipped Wednesday in afternoon European trading, after briefly spiking when Iran launched missile attacks on U.S. targets in Iraq.

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French Pension Talks Resume as Govt. Seeks to End Standoff

The French government and unions are to resume talks Tuesday over a pensions overhaul that has unleashed the longest transport strike in decades, with the premier saying both sides need to "budge a little".

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China's Farmers Reap Rich Harvest through Video-Sharing Apps

"Do you want a piece?" beekeeper Ma Gongzuo says, looking into the camera of a friend's smartphone before biting into the dripping comb of amber-colored honey.

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Plunging U.S. Imports Push Trade Deficit to 3-Year Low in November

America's trade deficit continued to tumble in November, hitting its lowest level in three years as imports of crude oil, computers and industrial supplies fell off sharply, the government reported Tuesday.

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Paris, US Have 15 Days to Settle Digital Tax Dispute, Says France

France and the United States have given themselves 15 days to settle a dispute over the taxation of US tech giants, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Tuesday.

Le Maire said he had a "long discussion" on the telephone Monday with his US counterpart Steven Mnuchin.

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Record Tech Spending Expected in U.S.

Consumer technology spending is getting a boost from wearables, smart devices and streaming media services and should hit record levels in the United States this year, organizers of a major tech gathering said Sunday.

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Crude and Gold Extend Gains, Stocks Sink on Fear of U.S.-Iran war

Oil prices surged, gold hit a more than six-year high and most equities tumbled Monday after the U.S. assassination last week of a top Iranian general fanned fears of a major conflict in the Middle East.

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