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    Chinese premier tells European, Asian leaders Beijing will continue reform

    Reuters . Beijing | Updated at 01:30am on October 21, 2018

    Chinese premier Li Keqiang said at a meeting between Asian and European leaders in Brussels that China will continue to open up its economy, push forward reforms and improve its business environment, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Saturday....

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    With market on edge, US investors look to tech trio

    Reuters . San Francisco | Updated at 01:31am on October 21, 2018

    The pressure is on for Amazon, Alphabet and Microsoft as they prepare to report quarterly results at a time when confidence in those market leaders looks increasingly fragile and in danger of derailing Wall Street’s rally.....

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    Greek pensioners to be spared further cuts in 2019: PM

    Agence France-Presse . Athens | Updated at 01:21am on October 21, 2018

    Greece will spare its elderly further pensions cuts in its 2019 budget, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Saturday, after receiving European Commission approval on the issue....

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    Fed’s Kaplan sees 2-3 more rate hikes to hit ‘neutral’ level

    Reuters . New York | Updated at 01:34am on October 21, 2018

    Another two to three interest rate increases from the Federal Reserve will likely put US borrowing costs in ‘neutral’ territory where it is neither stimulating nor restricting economic growth, Dallas Federal Reserve President Robert Kaplan said on Friday....

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    Next IMF loan will be ‘the last’: Pakistan finance minister

    Agence France-Presse . Islamabad | Updated at 01:20am on October 21, 2018

    Pakistan’s finance minister promised Saturday to end the country’s reliance on International Monetary Fund bailouts to shore up its shaky economy, as officials prepare to negotiate a new loan....

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    China moves to lift confidence as growth hits weakest pace since 2009

    Reuters . Beijing | Updated at 12:00am on October 20, 2018

    China’s economic growth cooled to its weakest quarterly pace since the global financial crisis, with regulators moving quickly to calm nervous investors as a years-long campaign to tackle debt risks and the trade war with the United States began to bite...

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    European politicians call for clampdown on tax trade trick

    Reuters . Frankfurt | Updated at 12:00am on October 20, 2018

    European politicians have called for action to tackle dividend stripping after Reuters and other media revealed how large banks were involved in trading schemes that cost taxpayers billions of euros....

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    Selim sees huge potential in furniture sector

    Moinul Haque | Updated at 12:00am on October 20, 2018

    Furniture sector in Bangladesh has a huge potential to grow in global market as China, the major manufacturers in the sector, is moving towards high-tech due to increased labour cost, says Selim H Rahman, president of Bangladesh Furniture Industries Owners Association....

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    EU to sign trade deal with S’pore, avoid criticising China

    Reuters . Brussels | Updated at 12:00am on October 20, 2018

    The European Union was set to sign a trade deal with Singapore on Friday after talks with Asian leaders keen to push back against US protectionism, but efforts to encourage China to drop state subsidies ran into resistance from Beijing....

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    Clash over Trump tariffs heats up with barrage of WTO litigation

    Reuters . Geneva | Updated at 12:00am on October 20, 2018

    Disputes over US tariffs and retaliatory moves by other states have sparked 12 requests for adjudication at the World Trade Organization, signalling an escalation in global trade tensions...