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Senegal in Crackdown on Timber Trafficking after Massacre

Senegal has said it will step up efforts to stop the trafficking of prized timber in its southern Casamance region, following the massacre of 13 men in an incident believed linked to the trade.

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Lufthansa Outflies Ryanair in Europe's Skies

German airline giant Lufthansa said Wednesday it had carried 130 million passengers in 2017, nosing ahead of budget Irish carrier Ryanair to become Europe's largest airline by passenger numbers.

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Most Asia Markets Down after New Year Rally but Hong Kong Runs On

The rally across Asia that welcomed in 2018 looked to have run out of steam on Wednesday with most markets slipping into the red on profit-taking but energy shares climbed with another surge in oil prices.

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France Signs Deals with China but Warns against 'Pillaging'

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron oversaw the signing Tuesday of business deals worth billions of dollars, seeking better trade ties even as France's finance minister boasted of rejecting those investments he likened to "pillaging."

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UK Brexit Minister Slams EU 'No Deal' Guidance

Britain's Brexit Minister David Davis has criticized the EU for preparing for a no-deal scenario once the UK leaves the bloc, according to a letter published on Tuesday by the Financial Times.

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UK Retailers Lose Sparkle over Christmas

British retailers faced a slowdown in sales over the crucial Christmas trading period, survey data showed Tuesday, as shoppers were squeezed by higher prices and stagnating wages.

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Swiss Central Bank Eyes Record Profit for 2017

The Swiss central bank said Tuesday it expected to post a record profit of 54 billion Swiss francs ($55 billion, 46 billion euros) for 2017, amid gains on its foreign currency and gold holdings.

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Asian Markets Build on Blistering Start to Year

Asian markets mostly rose Tuesday, with Hong Kong marking 11 straight wins and Tokyo at a 26-year high, as investors press on with a global rally that has the region enjoying its best start since 2006.

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Egypt Building Huge Water Treatment Plant amid Supply Concerns

Egypt is building a major water treatment and desalination plant, the president said Monday, as the Nile-dependent nation plans for any fallout from an upstream dam being built by Ethiopia.

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German Metalworkers Start Strikes for 28-Hour Week

Germany's powerful metalworkers' union launched mass strikes Monday over pay and working hours that could impact a key industry and the shape of labor nationwide.

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