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A general view of the Carillion company headquarters building in Wolverhampton, England, Monday Jan. 15, 2018, as the construction giant goes into liquidation putting thousands of jobs and millions of pounds worth of British government contracts at risk. In a statement released Monday, Carillion says it had no choice but to go into liquidation after weekend talks with creditors and government officials failed. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
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President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany. Europe is preparing to find successors for many of its most powerful economic officials, including the influential head of the European Central Bank. Those chosen will make key calls affecting the jobs, savings and pay of 340 million people living in the 19 countries that share the euro.
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Investors monitor stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Asian stock markets have risen following a holiday for U.S. markets as investors look ahead to American corporate earnings reports.
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Investors monitor stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Asian stock markets have risen following a holiday for U.S. markets as investors look ahead to American corporate earnings reports.
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A petrol bomb thrown by protesters explodes behind riot police during a rally outside the Greek Parliament in Athens, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Greek lawmakers, eying the end of eight years of bailout programs, approved more painful austerity measures late Monday, as strikes and mass protests brought much of Athens to a standstill.
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Town homes stand under construction as a pedestrian walks along the BeltLine in Atlanta. The Commerce Department releases its latest data on new residential home construction, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.
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Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, center, Minister of Finance Siv jensen, left, and Trine Skei Grande, leader of The Liberal Party of Norway, right, at a Press Conference at Jeloy, Norway, Sunday Jan. 14. 2018. Norway's current two-party center-right government has agreed to include the small centrist Liberal Party in the Cabinet after lengthy talks but the expanded three-way government will still fall short of majority in the parliament. (Lise Aserud /NTB scanpix via AP)
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US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Africans woke up on Friday Jan. 12, 2018 to find President Donald Trump taking an interest in their continent. Using vulgar language, Trump on Thursday questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Africa rather than places like Norway in rejecting a bipartisan immigration deal.
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A trader works at the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, led by gains in banks and retailers. Banks were benefiting from higher bond yields. Facebook dropped after saying it would make significant changes to user feeds that will result in fewer posts from brands.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a joint statement after the exploratory talks between Merkel's conservative bloc and the Social Democrats on forming a new German government in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.
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A woman walks past an electronic stock board showing the Hang Seng Index at a bank in Hong Kong, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Most Asian stocks markets were mixed Friday, as Wall Street’s latest record close and strong oil prices were offset by the strengthening yen, which pressured Japan’s Nikkei.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel leads a cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.
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Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond arrives to attend a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, the first following a reshuffle by Prime Minister Theresa May, in London, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.
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The night shift workers meet for a warning strike assembly of the IG Metall (Industrial Union of Metalworkers) in front of the gates of the Aluminium Norf GmbH in Neuss, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Germany’s largest industrial union pressed its demands for pay rises and the possibility for reduced work hours for its 3.9 million members with renewed short-term strikes Tuesday, saying the economy’s steady growth justifies better compensation and conditions. (Guido Kirchner/dpa via AP)
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Metalworkers demonstrate in Schweinfurt, southern Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Germany’s largest industrial union pressed its demands for pay rises and the possibility for reduced work hours for its 3.9 million members with renewed short-term strikes Tuesday, saying the economy’s steady growth justifies better compensation and conditions. (Timm Schamberger/dpa via AP)
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S, Reuters journalist Thet Oo Maung, also known as Wa Lone, left, and Kyaw Soe Oo, also known as Moe Aung, are pictured outside court near Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar is set to put two reporters from the Reuters news agency on trial after they were charged under a colonial-era state secrets act, in a case that highlights growing concerns about press freedom in the country.
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A woman checks stock index through her smartphone at a brokerage house in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 8, 2017. Asian stock markets rose Monday following Wall Street's strong week as traders looked ahead to data releases from China, Japan and the Eurozone.
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Commuters wait for trains at Clapham Junction train station in London, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Thousands of commuters face a week of mayhem from Monday as Southern, Greater Anglia and South Western Railway staff plough ahead with planned strike action.
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Goldman Sachs International chairman Peter Sutherland attends a meeting on the world economy in Cernobbio, Italy. The Irish businessman and diplomat who held senior roles in the European Union, the World Trade Organization and the U.N., has died. He was 71. Sutherland's family says he died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at a Dublin hospital after a long illness.
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An electronic screen at the New York Stock Exchange displays the Dow Jones industrial average above 25,000, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.
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The New York Stock Exchange. US stocks rise for the fourth day in a row as the government’s December 2017 jobs report shows strong hiring in manufacturing and construction and an increase in factory orders. Transportation and technology companies are rising. Overall, employers didn’t add as many jobs as experts expected.
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The then Dutch transport minister Camiel Eurlings attends a press conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands. International Olympic Committee member Camiel Eurlings has resigned amid allegations he assaulted a former girlfriend in 2015.
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A currency trader walks by the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. Asian stock markets were moderately higher on Friday after the Dow Jones finished above 25,000 for the first time overnight and North and South Korea agreed to hold talks in a sign of easing animosities. Investors' focus was on the upcoming U.S. jobs reports.
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New Land Rover Freelander vehicles are stockpiled outside the Jaguar and Land Rover factory in Halewood, Liverpool, England. The British car industry association said Friday Jan. 5, 2017, that automobile sales in the country fell in 2017 for the first time in six years and are set to fall further this year largely because of subdued economic growth.
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The banking district in Frankfurt, Germany. (Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa via AP)