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The link between recessions and a life of crime

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Students who graduate during a recession, when youth unemployment rates are particularly high, are more likely to engage in criminal activity.

How China is cleaning up its global image

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The smog that has clouded China’s political past is slowly lifting, with its new leadership team keen to project an enlightened picture.

China's rebalancing couldn't come at a worse time

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Australia is set to become even more reliant on exports to China at a time when our neighbour is trying to rebalance its economy away from infrastructure and residential construction.

Lower inflation will help France meet EU budget demand: French Finance Minister

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Michel Sapin says budget gap in Europe's second largest economy will narrow.

Businesses brace for Bali Nine blowback

by AAP
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Business council president says view of Australia affected across ASEAN nations.

China sets 7% GDP target for 2015

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World's second-largest economy also lowers consumer inflation target to 3% as it seeks more sustainable path.

Shanghai’s FTZ fails to impress US companies

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Three-quarters of respondents in a survey believed the free-trade zone offered no tangible benefits.

Body of missing Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell executive discovered

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Jia Lining, the head of the company's human resources department, had not been since January 14.

Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership be a good deal for Australia?

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With negotiations at a critical stage and the potential ramifications for our economy so large, it is surprising how little public debate there has been concerning this trade deal.

Aust, Switzerland to target tax evasion

by AAP
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Swiss ambassador invokes James Bond 'bad guys' amid global tax evasion battle.

China's challenge to Russian influence in Kazakhstan

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Will deepening Kazakhstan-China economic relations further Chinese influence in Central Asia?

The ECB's awkward first step towards transparency

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The ECB's decision to start releasing the minutes of its policymaking meetings is welcome, but it doesn't go far enough.

PM confirms further Iraq deployment

by AAP
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Australia will send about 300 more soldiers to Iraq, PM Tony Abbott confirms.

China lists 14 generals suspected of corruption

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Son of a former deputy head of the Central Military Commission that oversees the armed forces included in list.

China anticorruption campaign targets party ‘cliques’

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As legislature meets, Beijing’s antigraft campaign cracks down on political factions

China's rate cut won't spur growth

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The PBOC's recent rate moves will do little to fend off a hard landing, but then again China isn't actually confronting one.

A financial system still dangerously vulnerable to a panic

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The Federal Reserve’s powers to act as lender of last resort need to be restored and strengthened.

Dozens arrested in Hong Kong protest

by AP
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Police say 33 people arrested in protest over the growing influx of mainland Chinese shoppers in the city.

Russia opposition leader shot dead

by AFP
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Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of President Putin, has been gunned down near Kremlin.

Fiscal arrangements in federations: four lessons for Europe

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What can the European Union learn from the experience of other fiscal federations?

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