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Should the Chinese float the yuan?

Jun 8, 2005
Despite a growing clamor for China to float its currency, Chinese officials say the country will make reforms at its own pace. Zanny Minton Beddoes has a suggestion for Beijing.
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Getting animated in India

Jun 7, 2005
The Cartoon Network, Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo, Power Puff Girls and Disney's Pooh &#151 in Hindi. From Bangalore, Miranda Kennedy reports on a culture becoming capitivated by cartoons.
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Scooby Doo in Delhi

Jun 7, 2005
U.S. financial firms and software makers have been outsourcing work to India for quite a while now. But lately India's been lobbying for projects that are a little more animated.
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Mrs. Blair goes to Washington

Jun 3, 2005
British Prime Minister Tony Blair heads to the White House Monday to meet with President Bush, while his wife Cherie plans to appear before a packed hall at Washington's Kennedy Center. Cherie Blair's speaking fee is getting lots of attention in Britain; Amy Scott reports.
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Euro in trouble

Jun 2, 2005
The Euro hit an eight month low against the dollar today, following this week's rejection of the European Union Constitution by the Dutch and the French. From our European Desk, Marketplace's Stephen Beard points to one of the factors behind the "no" vote: hostility to the Euro itself.
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Having Children in China

Jun 1, 2005
Today is Children's Day in China. Due to worries about who will support the graying population, some cities have started allowing couples who are both only children to have two kids. But after 25 years of encouraging couples to have just one child, they're finding it's not that easy to turn back the clock. In Shanghai, the local-born population has been shrinking faster than anywhere else in China.
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World Poverty

May 31, 2005
The one-time Boomtown Rat who organized the Live Aid concert in the 80's is back at it. Today Bob Geldof announced plans for 5 concerts around the world on July 8th. This time, he says, they don't want money for famine relief. In fact they're not asking for money at all. Instead, he says, they want to influence the Group of 8 industrialized nations. They want to pressure world leaders to eradicate poverty in Africa. Idealistic? Perhaps. But according to Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs, the elimination of poverty is not an unrealistic goal. In a new book, Sachs claims global poverty can be eliminated in 20 years. 20 years?
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Brazil Intellectual Property

May 31, 2005
When people talk trade war, the battle of behemoths like Boeing and Airbus get most of the ink. But there is another, lower profile scrimmage going with big implications. This one involves multinational companies that refuse to share vital information with local governments. Developing nations complain that puts their economies and their citizens at risk. Today, the story of one developing nation that's decided to go beyond 'complaining'. From the Americas Desk in WLRN in Miami, Dan Grech reports on how Brazil is fighting back.
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Iraq stock exchange

May 31, 2005
Even as parts of Iraq are still chaotic at best, officials there are doing the best they can to get on with the business of running a country. They've passed a law that allows foreigners to invest in Iraq's upstart stock market. And they're still trying to figure out the rules. Borzou Daragahi spent a day on the trading floor.
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G-E in India

May 30, 2005
The way people talk about it, it's as if outsourcing to India is something new. General Electric discovered it decades ago. Late last week, GE chief executive Jeffrey Immelt visited the company's facilities in India. He said he expects revenues there to climb more than 500% in the next five years. But as locals are learning, what's good for G-E is not necessarily good for India.Miranda Kennedy reports.
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