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Germany might deploy troops in Iraq if conditions there change, defence minister Peter Struck indicated, in a gesture that appears to provide backing for John Kerry, the US Democratic presidential challenger. 22:07 | Read
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Tech stocks lead Nikkei higher

Technology stocks in Tokyo made a strong showing during morning trade, following encouraging results from Intel and Yahoo in the US. The Nikkei 225 average rose 0.5 per cent to 11,263.82 by midday. 04:48 | Read

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Wall Street pares losses as crude eases
The same crude prices that had sent Wall Street blue chip stocks on a highway to hell with their earlier surge almost put the indices back in black in the last hour of Tuesday's session. 21:34 | Read

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Similar policies but few long-term solutions
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On Wednesday, Bush and Kerry square off in a debate that will focus on the economy and domestic policy. The two have different priorities, and each accuses the other of different failings. In common, is their aim to halve the deficit over the next presidential term. Yet few economists think their plans for getting there are credible Oct 12 2004 | Read


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Some sort of public pension policy is, in practice, inescapable. The question is what it should be. 20:39 | ReadRequires subscription

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I have been trying out a couple of these pint-sized PCs and I am impressed. Not only are these machines great space savers, but they also match larger rivals in terms of technology and flexibility. 18:28 | Read
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