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Another crunch week in Greek bailout saga

LONDON - The threat posed by Greece beyond its borders may have diminished but efforts to agree an economic reform program to free up bailout funds and avert default will capture world attention this week.

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Thousands in Germany protest against Europe-U.S. trade deal

BERLIN - Thousands of people marched in Berlin, Munich and other German cities on Saturday in protest against a planned free trade deal between Europe and the United States that they fear will erode food, labor and environmental standards.

18 Apr 2015

Foreign automakers double down on China bets despite slowing growth

SHANGHAI - Foreign automakers continue to plough money into factories in China, the world's largest car market, even as the biggest economic slowdown in a quarter of a century crimps sales growth.

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Volkswagen exploring new budget models for China: exec

SHANGHAI - Volkswagen is exploring the possibility of developing budget sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) in China in a bid to keep up with shifts in the market, its China chief executive, Jochem Heizmann, said on Sunday.

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BMW recalls 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix air-bag sensor

WASHINGTON - BMW is recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers in the United States to replace a defective sensor that may prevent the front passenger seat air bag from deploying in a crash, the German automaker said on Saturday.

18 Apr 2015

IMF nations point to exchange rate, geopolitical risks

WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund's member nations on Saturday warned of risks to the global economy from exchange rate shifts and geopolitical tensions as they took note of "moderate" global growth and "uneven prospects."

18 Apr 2015

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