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Rome is bursting at the seams for Pope's funeral

Apr 6, 2005
Rome is literally begging people to stay away. Over a million pilgrims have flooded the city for Pope John Paul the Second's funeral this Friday. Authorities say the city's now full.For businesses in and around St. Peter's, the crowds are a blessing... and curse. Megan Williams reports.
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London's oil trading business goes electronic

Apr 6, 2005
A hush will descend on one of London's noisiest financial markets later this week. The London Petroleum Exchange - which deals in oil futures - will abandon the open outcry system and move to full electronic trading. As Stephen Beard reports from the British capital - this could be the start of a major transatlantic battle.
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India and its medical outsourcing industry

Apr 5, 2005
One of the big stories today - big cutbacks at Pfizer. As in so many industries, pharmaceutical companies are trying to save costs by outsourcing. And as an outsourcing magnet, India is hoping to take a leading role in R&D for drug makers. But it doesn't stop there. India already has a hand in more of your medical needs than you may realize. Miranda Kennedy reports from New Delhi.
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Brazil's "Motor Boys" take to the streets

Apr 5, 2005
Seattle has the Evergreen Point bridge. In DC, it's the interchange at 270 and the Beltway. In Chicago, it's where I-88 and the Eisenhower Expressway come together. The AAA says these places rank among the worst when it comes to traffic congestion. But none hold a candle to what you'll find on most any artery in Sao Paulo. Traffic's so horrible in the Brazilian city of 18 million, it's more than an inconvenience. It's an expensive drain on business productivity. At least it keeps a small army of daredevils well-employed. America's Desk correspondent Dan Grech reports.
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Can Arizona build a prison in Mexico for illegal immigrants?

Apr 5, 2005
This week Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano may have a big decision to make. Should her state seriously consider building a prison in Mexico? Arizona has seen as massive crackdown on illegal immigrants... And the state has started shelling out millions of dollars each year to lock up undocumented workers. Lawmakers say an Arizona prison in Mexico could cut those costs in half. But the idea has Mexican officials more than a little annoyed. Julia Barton reports from Tucson.
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The next Pope, and financial questions that remain

Apr 4, 2005
As the Vatican prepares for the funeral of Pope John Paul II, observers are already starting to wonder about his successor. One of the biggest questions the new pope will face is how much of the church's resources should be invested in outreach... And how much should be spent addressing internal issues which threaten the survival of the church. Megan Williams reports from Rome.
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Pope John Paul II is near death

Apr 1, 2005
It has been 26 years. The third longest papacy in the nearly 2,000 year history of the church. Pope John Paul II is head of one of the wealthiest institutions in the world. To advance the causes dearest to him, he's managed a Vatican budget estimated at $300 million a year. From the Marketplace Foreign Desk, Julie Small looks at what the numbers tell us about his character and his likely legacy.
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China: environmentally friendly or just pretending?

Apr 1, 2005
This week the Chinese government hosted its first ever international conference on green buildings. These are houses and offices that consume less energy and raw materials. If anything, the economic boom has made the country more ravenous. Last year China used as much steel as the U.S. and Japan combined. It's now the biggest coal consumer in the world. Second in oil consumption. Just how serious is China in going green? Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford reports.
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Old racing horses get a second chance on the track

Apr 1, 2005
Seabiscuit... Chances are you've read the book or seen the movie. If you haven't, it's the story of a washed up horse that is nursed back to health and ends up becoming a champion racer. It might sound a little cinematic for the modern track. But Marketplace's London bureau Chief Stephen Beard found a British stable which is doing just that. And it's paying off...
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Zimbabwe votes, Mugabe wins, economy stinks

Mar 31, 2005
Zimbabweans cast their votes today in a parliamentary election. We can safely project a winner. President Robert Mugabe and his party. This despite the fact that his country's economy is not what you'd call healthy. You may have heard of Mugabe's land reform program... The one to transfer farm ownership from whites to blacks. The scheme has been riddled with allegations of corruption. Still it looks like the President's managed to squeeze political profit out of this. Gretchen Wilson has the story.
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