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View from a nearby cemetery of the residence of Ivica Todoric, founder of the Croatia's biggest private company, in Zagreb, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Croatian police on Monday raided the homes of Todoric and his former aides amid an ongoing investigation over the retail giant's financial collapse.
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People walk past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Shares rose in Asia on Monday after leaders of global finance appealed at a weekend meeting of the International Monetary Fund for a continuation of low-interest rate policies to keep economic recoveries on track.
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The logo of Mercedes is photographed in Stuttgart, Germany. Automaker Daimler AG says it is moving toward a restructuring that would see its Mercedes-Benz car division and its truck and bus business become legally independent entities under Daimler’s overall roof.The company said Monday Oct. 16, 2017 that the changes would give the divisions the entrepreneurial flexibility to react to a rapidly changing business environment.
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People walk past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Shares rose in Asia on Monday after leaders of global finance appealed at a weekend meeting of the International Monetary Fund for a continuation of low-interest rate policies to keep economic recoveries on track.
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Young doctors rally in front of the prime minister's office to demand increases of their low earnings and more spending on the chronically strapped and inefficient health care, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. The placard right reads: Stop dying in queues.
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, right, listens to Special Assistant to the President Christopher Bong Go, during a change of command ceremony in Fort Bonifacio in, Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines. Late Friday, Duterte says he's asked his finance secretary to reject an unspecified British financial aid package and that he's ready to lose diplomatic ties with all European countries critical of his deadly anti-drug crackdown.
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Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond answers questions at the parliamentary Commons Treasury Select Committee in London on Wednesday Oct. 11, 2017. Hammond said a worst-case Brexit scenario could see all air traffic between the U.K. and the European Union grounded the day after Britain leaves the bloc on March 29, 2019. Philip Hammond was answering lawmakers' questions Wednesday about government planning for the possibility divorce talks could end without a deal on trade, security and other relations.(PA via AP)
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Toshiba Memory Chief Yasuo Naruke, right, and Bain Capital Japan chief Yuji Sugimoto, left, pose for photographers in front of the building of manufacturing memory chips in Yokkaichi, central Japan, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. The heads of Toshiba's memory chip business and Bain Capital, the investment fund buying it, said they hope to close the deal by March despite persisting opposition from Toshiba's U.S. joint venture partner Western Digital.
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The Bayer AG corporate logo is displayed on a building of the German drug and chemicals company in Berlin, Germany. German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG said Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 it's reached a 5.9 billion euro (US$7 billion) agreement to sell businesses from its Crop Science unit to German chemical company BASF to alleviate regulatory concerns over its planned acquisition of American seed and weed-killer company Monsanto Co.
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Ed exports rose 8.1 percent, up from August’s 5.5 percent. Imports rose 18.7 percent, an improvement from the previous month’s 13.3 percent.(Chinatopix via AP, File)
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French President Emmanuel Macron, left, accompanies FO union leader Jean-Claude Mailly, after his meeting with France's main workers and employers unions to start negotiations at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Thursday, Oct.12, 2017. President Macron is launching step two of his campaign to rethink French labor law, this time focusing on unemployment benefits and job training.
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Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks with Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz at the State Department in Washington. Former Obama administration officials who played central roles in brokering the Iran nuclear agreement are scheduled to brief congressional Democrats on the merits of the international accord as President Donald Trump prepares to announce a decision that could lead to an unraveling of the pact.
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A woman walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. Asian stocks advanced Wednesday after Wall Street’s main index closed at a record high and Spain’s Catalonia crisis eased after an independence leader backed away from plans to break away immediately.
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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, right, right-wing populist leader Geert Wilders, center, and Socialist Party leader Emile Roemer talk during a meeting of party leaders with the chairwoman of the parliament to discus first steps in forming a new dutch coalition government in The Hague, Netherlands. The leaders of four parties negotiating to form the next Dutch government have reached agreement on a draft program for a new center-right coalition, after 208 days of negotiations.
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People stand in front of an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. Share prices were mixed in early trading Tuesday in Asia, after the rally on Wall Street took a breather overnight. Investors are awaiting trade data from China this week and keeping an eye on geopolitical risks centered on North Korea.
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University of Chicago professor Richard Thaler speaks during a news conference after winning the Nobel economics prize Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Chicago. Thaler won for documenting the way people’s behavior doesn’t conform to economic models. As one of the founders of behavioral economics, he has helped change the way economists look at the world.
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Czech billionaire and leader of the ANO 2011 political movement Andrej Babis arrives for a political debate at the village of Vsetaty, Czech Republic, Czech Republic is holding general elections from Oct. 20 to 21, 2017. Babis, a former finance minister and billionaire whose political grouping is a hot favorite to win next month’s parliamentary election has been charged by police with fraud involving EU subsidies as it was announced Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.
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Job seekers stand at a booth at a job fair at the Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater, Fla. On Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, the Labor Department releases its latest monthly tally of job openings.
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Passengers disembark a Ryanair plane, at the Marseille Provence airport, in Marignane, southern France. The chief operations officer of Ryanair announced Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, plans to leave his post at the end of October, following the cancellation of tens of thousands of flights scheduled for the coming months.
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The New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks faded a bit from their record highs in early trading Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index was on pace to snap its longest winning streak in four years.
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North Korean workers walk in a group to dormitories in the compound of the seafood processing factory Hunchun Pagoda in the city of Hunchun in northeastern China's Jilin province. Roughly 3,000 North Koreans are believed to work in Hunchun, a far northeast Chinese industrial hub just a few miles from the borders of both North Korea and Russia. The workers are paid a fraction of their salaries, while the rest - as much as 70 percent - is taken by North Korea’s government.
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Logo of Travel Service airline is placed on a building at the airport in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Czech airline Travel Service says it has acquired a majority stake in the national carrier Czech Airlines or CSA.
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A man walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after the Standard & Poor's 500 index logged an eighth straight day of gains. Encouraging reports on the U.S. economy and corporate profits helped the index match its longest winning streak since July 2013.
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French President Emmanuel Macron, gestures during a visit at the School of Application to the Trades of Public Works (EATP), which is devoted to apprenticeship and vocational training, in Egletons, central France, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP)
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A man uses a smartphone in front of an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. Share prices mostly rose in Asia on Thursday following a day of meager gains on Wall Street. Investors are awaiting a U.S. government jobs data following a report by payroll processor ADP showing that hiring by private employers weakened sharply last month, partly because of the damage done by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.