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68 Occupy Wall Street Protesters Arrested

New York police arrested 68 Occupy Wall Street protesters overnight after activists poured back into the Manhattan square where their movement started last year, police said Sunday.

The arrests included one man held after allegedly stabbing a police officer in the hand with scissors.

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Salameh: Wage Hike Would Require Liquidity Measures

Central Bank governor Riyad Salameh has warned that the cabinet’s wage boost decision could lead to a rise in inflation which already reached 4 percent in 2011.

In remarks to LBC TV on Sunday, Salameh said the inflation rate last year was at 4 percent while the debt rose to 54 billion dollars.

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Iran Currency Slips to Record Low after New U.S. Sanctions

Iran's currency, the rial, slipped to a record low Sunday, the day after the United States imposed extra sanctions targeting the Islamic republic's central bank and financial sector.

The state news agency IRNA and an Iranian website tracking the currency said the rial's street value at money changers' slid to around 16,000 to the dollar.

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Iran Says Oil Could Hit $200 a Barrel Under New Sanctions

World oil prices could soar to $200 per barrel if Iran's petroleum sector is hit with new Western sanctions, Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi told Saturday's edition of news weekly, Aseman.

"There is no doubt that the price of oil will increase drastically and the international markets will have to pay a heavy price," Qasemi was quoted as saying.

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Iran Refuses to Fuel Some European, Arab Airlines

Iran is refusing to refuel some European and Arab airlines at its main international airport in a tit-for-tat move over major oil companies denying fuel to Iranian planes abroad, the airport's chief said Saturday.

"Government directives" ordered the ban, Morteza Dehqan, head of Tehran's Imam Khomeini international airport, told the ISNA news agency.

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China Says Yuan Will Be More Flexible: Report

China's central bank governor hinted in comments published Saturday that authorities would loosen their grip on the Asian powerhouse's tightly controlled currency by widening its trading band.

Beijing's trading partners have long criticized its Yuan exchange rate, saying it is kept artificially low, fuelling a flow of cheap exports that have helped trigger massive trade deficits between some countries and China.

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Euro Sinks to More Than 10-Year Low Against Yen

The euro remained under pressure Friday, falling to its lowest level against the yen in more than a decade, prodded by a weak Italian debt auction and Spain's deficit warning.

The euro sank to 99.62 yen around 2200 GMT, down from 100.61 yen at the same time Thursday.

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Lockheed Wins Contract for UAE Anti-Missile System

The Pentagon awarded U.S. defense giant Lockheed Martin Corp. with a $1.96 billion contract Friday to supply the United Arab Emirates with a missile defense system.

Under the contract, Lockheed will deliver two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense or Thaad systems that include radar, interceptors and launchers, according to a Pentagon statement.

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On 10th Anniversary, Euro Takes Blame for Economy

Just three years ago, the euro was being praised as the can-do currency that had delivered unprecedented prosperity in Europe.

Now, it's widely derided as a hugely flawed experiment in the wake of a debt crisis that's threatening its very existence — an uncomfortable backdrop as the currency's notes and coins hit their first decade in circulation on Jan. 1.

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Oil Prices Rise on Mideast Tensions

Oil prices edged higher Thursday in volatile trading in New York, boosted by geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and better-than-expected U.S. economic news.

New York's main contract West Texas Intermediate light sweet crude for February delivery, finished at $99.65 a barrel, an increase of 29 cents from Wednesday's close.

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