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Move over Hollywood, Tourist Island Cyprus is Ready to Roll

Watch out Hollywood and Bollywood, the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus that has built a reputation as a tourist magnet thanks to its pristine beaches wants a piece of the action: enter "Olivewood" and Nicolas Cage.

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China Importers Seek to Lift Tariffs on U.S. Farm Goods

Chinese importers are applying to their government to lift tariffs on some U.S. agricultural imports, state media reported on Sunday, three weeks after the two sides reached a truce in their trade war.

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Iceland Tops Europe as Most Expensive

The hot springs of Iceland are not the only thing making tourists sweat, as a look at the hotel or lunch bill will tell you that most things cost more, sometimes much more, than anywhere else in Europe.

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Swine Fever Sends China's Pork Prices, Imports Soaring

Pork prices have been sent soaring and herds devastated as African swine fever tears through China's massive pig-farming industry, forcing the country to ramp up imports to satisfy demand -- but analysts warn worse is yet to come.

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Singapore Returning Millions Linked to Malaysia Scandal

Singapore is returning almost $40 million to Malaysia seized in connection with a massive financial scandal that played a major role in the toppling of the corruption-plagued government of Najib Razak, police said.

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South Koreans Boycott Japan Beer in Brewing Trade Row

Beer-loving South Koreans angered by a trade row with Tokyo are boycotting Japanese brews in a surge of patriotism that has even seen popular beauty bloggers targeted.

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PepsiCo Buys Pioneer Foods for $1.8 Billion in Africa Push

U.S. beverage and food giant PepsiCo has agreed to buy South Africa's Pioneer Foods for about 24.4 billion rand ($1.8 billion), a company executive said Friday, in a bold move into the African market.

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Outgoing RBS Chief to Lead National Australia Bank

National Australia Bank on Friday announced veteran banker Ross McEwan would be its new chief executive, as the lender seeks to rebuild confidence after a scathing national inquiry.

McEwan, a New Zealander, resigned as head of the Royal Bank of Scotland in April.

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Bitcoin Craze Hits Iran as US Sanctions Squeeze Weak Economy

Iranians feeling the squeeze from U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's ailing economy are increasingly turning to such digital currencies as Bitcoin to make money, prompting alarm in and out of the country.

In Iran, some government officials worry that the energy-hungry process of "mining" Bitcoin is abusing Iran's system of subsidized electricity; in the United States, some observers have warned that cryptocurrencies could be used to bypass the Trump administration's sanctions targeting Iran over its unraveling nuclear deal with world powers.

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Sudan Political Turmoil Drives Fears of Economic Collapse

Sales have tumbled at Hashem Abul Fadel's shopping centres in Sudan, where he and fellow business owners fear that months of political turmoil could bring on a full-scale economic collapse.

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