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Obama tries Reagan touch on economy, but wages weigh

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, stumping for the Democrats ahead of November's congressional elections, has twice invoked Ronald Reagan's seminal campaign question: "are you better off than you were four years ago?"

Bundesbank says German economy robust but cautions on August

FRANKFURT - Germany's economy remains robust, the country's central bank said on Monday, predicting a generally positive end to the year despite a slowdown so far.

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OECD says BOJ inflation goal hard to meet, needs new commitment

TOKYO - The Bank of Japan must make a new commitment quickly to meet its 2 percent inflation target because achieving that goal by next spring will be difficult, a senior official at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said on Monday.

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Israel economy seen growing at 5-year low of 2.0 percent in 2014

JERUSALEM - Israel's economy will grow by 2.0 percent in 2014, its slowest pace in five years due to declines in exports and investment and well below a 3.2 percent rate in 2013, the Central Bureau of Statistics said on Monday.

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Taiwan August export orders slower, but smartphone sales raise hopes

TAIPEI - Taiwan's export order growth was below forecast in August, but prospects in coming months will be helped by solid demand for tech goods, especially as Apple's newest iPhone hits the market.

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Nanjing joins growing list of China cities easing property curbs

BEIJING - Most Chinese cities have relaxed home purchase restrictions and more measures to prop up falling prices are expected as local governments seek to support a key pillar of the economy.

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Relief over Scotland gives way to 'Great Stagnation' worries

BRUSSELS - Scotland's rejection of independence and a lack of any fireworks at a Fed meeting last week have calmed investors enough to shift the focus back to what some call the "Great Stagnation", and how to avoid it.

21 Sep 2014

G20 says nearing growth goal, but more needed from Europe

CAIRNS Australia - The Group of 20 leading nations say they are tantalisingly close to adding an extra $2 trillion to the global economy and creating millions of new jobs, but Europe's extended stagnation remains a major stumbling block.

21 Sep 2014

Short sellers target China, this time from the shadows

HONG KONG - Short-sellers who profit from stock price declines have resumed targeting Chinese companies after a three-year lull, but many of the researchers who instigate the strategy are now cloaked in anonymity, shielding themselves from angry companies and Beijing's counter-investigations.

21 Sep 2014

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