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Slovenia can avoid bailout, PM-designate says

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Slovenia's new prime minister-designate pledged on Thursday to heal its banks and avert an international bailout, taking the reins of the once-thriving euro zone member at the height of its worst economic crisis in 22 years of independence.

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Egyptian pound hits new low amid doubts over economy

CAIRO (Reuters) - The Egyptian pound fell to record lows and debt insurance costs soared on Wednesday despite assurances by the country's Islamist leaders they would not allow the Arab world's most populous nation to slide further into economic crisis.

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Syria crisis adds impetus to investor flight for emerging markets

LONDON (Reuters) - The Indian rupee and Turkish lira tumbled to new record lows on Tuesday as investors' headlong flight out of emerging markets gathered pace with added impetus from uncertainty over Western military action against Syria.

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Dubai may sell more assets to cover post-2012 debt

DUBAI: The Persian Gulf emirate, Dubai, that own stakes in London Stock Exchange Group Plc and Nasdaq OMX Group Inc, may have to sell assets to help fund about US$80bil of debt maturing in the next five years.

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US hedge funds find ways to trade euro misery

BOSTON: Two decades ago, George Soros rose to fame and fortune on his now-historic trade in which he took on the Bank of England and shrewdly wagered on a devaluation of the pound sterling.

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Insight: U.S. hedge funds find ways to trade euro misery

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two decades ago, George Soros rose to fame and fortune on his now-historic trade in which he took on the Bank of England and shrewdly wagered on a devaluation of the British pound.

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US Treasury to sell US$5b AIG stock

WASHINGTON: The US Treasury is to sell US$5bil worth of shares in American International Group Inc (AIG) in a stock offering, with the bailed-out insurer buying US$2bil.

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Call to control shadow banking

KUALA LUMPUR: The shadow banking system that was loosely regulated in the United States and other countries was responsible for damaging the global financial system, and should be brought under a strong and effective regulatory framework, said former Pakistan central bank governor Dr Ishrat Husain.

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Ukraine reserves perilously low; lag other emerging markets

LONDON (Reuters) - As the political crisis in Ukraine continues, its severely depleted central bank reserves are putting it at serious risk of a balance-of-payments crunch, its metrics looking worse than almost every big emerging economy.

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BP back in favour despite spill legacy, Russia doubts

LONDON: If you had spent £10 on BP shares on April 19, 2010, you would have just £9 now, including dividends. A poor investment, however you cut it, but also a remarkable recovery.