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AFP

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened Thursday to nationalize the country's largest steel company and private banks unless they make national interests a priority. [ie, line his pockets]

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Bill Bonner for LewRockwell.com

China is clearly in a bubble. Shanghai stocks are up 250% since 2005 – and 35% this year alone. Still, investors are so eager to get in at these prices – while they can still get hurt – that they take up Chinese bank IPOs at twice the PE ratio

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People's Daily Online

The total sales of gold and jewelry last year in China were valued over 140 billion yuan, exports were valued at US$5.49 billion, and China has become the third biggest consumer of gold in the world, according to Cheng Fuming,

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RBC News

The Bank of Russia's gold and foreign currency reserves amounted to $356.6 billion as of April 13, up $10.3 billion, or 3 percent, from the previous showing. Hence, the reserves have extended gains into a seventh straight week

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Financial Times

China is preparing a multi-billion-dollar buying spree to major American cities next month as a part of a package of initiatives to reduce its swelling trade surplus and ease bilateral tensions with the US. (Didn't Japan do this in the 80's)

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CNN Money

Despite claims by some critics that the Bush adminstration invaded Iraq to take control of its oil, the first contracts with major oil firms from Iraq's new government are likely to go not to US companies, but rather to companies from China,India

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AFP

Foreign banks are putting their bets on Vietnam, attracted by its booming economy and a large youthful population eager to have all the consumer goods and services the modern world has to offer.

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Daily Times(Pakistan)

The IMF will say further depreciatioin by the US dollar is needed to help correct global imbalances in its World Economic Outlook(WEO), Germany Sueddeutsche Zeitung said on Saturday. (Guess that means to buy more gold)

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One World

(Maybe adopting free market policies could help) A 20-year international effort to put the planet on a path to sustainable development has been woefully inadequate and will need a radical rethink if it's to achieve its aims, says a report publis

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Christian Science Monitor

Move over model worker, that Communist icon of self-sacrifice and sweat. Vietnam has a new hero: the model taxpayer. Le Cong Tuan Kiet, an executive at a French-owned lighting company, woke up to find his name on a tally of top taxpayers in Ho Chi Mi

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Reuters

Asian shares slumped, tracking heavy losses on Wall Street on fears about an intensifying crisis in U.S. mortgage lending that spooked investors nursing losses from a sharp sell-off two weeks ago. Japanese stocks fell 3 percent and other regional mar

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