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Asian Stocks Mixed on Year-End Profit Taking

Asian markets were mixed in early trade Monday, with activity thinning out as investors wind down for the end of the year, with lingering optimism over easing US-China trade tensions driving some gains.

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French Government, Unions Exchange Barbs in Strike Deadlock

The French government and a key trade union on Sunday exchanged bitter accusations over who was to blame for France's over three-week transport strike against pension reforms, as the stalemate showed little sign of relenting.

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Dubai Plans Record Spending to Revive Flagging Economy

Dubai unveiled a 2020 budget on Sunday projecting record spending of $18.1 billion, up 17 percent on this year, as it seeks to revive its flagging economy.

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Sixty Years On, Africa Still Seeks Right Model for Growth

As 1960 dawned, sub-Saharan Africa braced for historic change: that year, 17 of its countries were destined to gain independence from European colonial powers.

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Turkey Unveils National Electric Car Prototypes

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled Friday prototypes of a domestically manufactured electric car that is hoped will hit the road within three years.

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Vietnam Makes 'Impressive' Growth despite Global Slowdown

Vietnam's economy notched up an "impressive" 7 percent growth this year to beat its government-set target as the sustained US-China trade war dented economies worldwide.

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Union Boss Defiant on France's Longest Strike in Decades

The boss of a hardline French trade union on Friday vowed to press on with a strike that has crippled transport in Paris for the past three weeks and is now the longest-lasting such action since the 1980s.

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Amazon/Deliveroo Deal Faces In-Depth UK Probe

Britain's competition regulator on Friday launched an in-depth investigation into Amazon's bid to buy part of online takeaway delivery group Deliveroo.

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On Day 22, French Transport Strike Heads for Record

A transport stoppage that has caused daily travel misery for millions of people in France entered its 22nd day on Thursday, equaling the duration of a 1995 strike whose success against government reforms unions are hoping to repeat.

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Iran and India Agree to Speed Up Major Port Project

Tehran and Delhi have agreed to accelerate the development of an important Iranian port, India's foreign minister said during a visit to the sanctions-hit Islamic republic on Monday.

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