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A Palestinian business boom ...

Dec 8, 2004
At a conference in Oslo today, the Bush administration announced that it was giving $20 million to the Palestinian Authority to help it through a financial crisis. The Palestinians say in the short term, money's needed to support elections set for January to pick a successor to Yasser Arafat. Many Palestinians say the relatively smooth political transition so far has created a sense of optimism - and as Marketplace's Adam Davidson discovered in the West Bank, that has started to spur a bit of business...
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"Send in the ... contractors?"

Dec 7, 2004
Order is collapsing and violence is increasing in Sudan, pushing the country to the brink of chaos. The United Nations issued that warning last night for the country's Darfur region, where more than one point six million people have been driven from their homes by civil war. U.S. troops won't be going in to help anytime soon. But Washington is sending over private military contractors. As Eric Niiler reports, this reflects an important shift.
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Boeing and a new strategy

Dec 6, 2004
U.S. and European negotiators began trade talks today. Among the issues on the table - airplane builders. America's Boeing and Europe's Airbus accuse each other of unfairly using subsidies to win contracts. Just this year Airbus became the world's biggest aircraft maker. But Boeing is banking on a comeback with its new 7E7 Dreamliner. The plane is 20 percent more fuel efficient and 'relatively' cheap at $120 million. And Boeing has a strategy to convince foreigners to buy the plane...by inviting them to help build it. From Tokyo, Marketplace's Jessica Smith reports.
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Ukraine's unusual business boost

Dec 3, 2004
Above Kiev, fireworks tonight after Ukraine's Supreme Court declared the results of the recent presidential elections invalid. The court ordered another round of balloting on December 26th. The news electrified tens of thousands of supporters gathered at the square in support of opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko. His backers have been camped there since the November 21st elections, a protest of what they called widespread fraud. Though the demonstrations have hurt some sectors of Ukraine's economy, it has boosted others. From Kiev, Alex Kleimenov reports.
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Remembering Bhopal

Dec 2, 2004
It is already December 3rd in in Bhopal, India. As the sun rises, thousands of people are gathering in the streets for what will be a major demonstration. It is to remember what happened there on this day 20 years ago. Some 40 tons of poisonous gas leaked out of a pesticide factory owned by Union Carbide Company. Officials say nearly 15,000 people died that night and in the following months. Hundreds of thousands of survivors still suffer. Many are still waiting for full compensation. But as Miranda Kennedy reports from Bhopal, some survivors took what they could get from the company and set about trying to begin again.
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China, and the U.S. airline industry

Dec 1, 2004
Today, China put on a public display of commitment to eradicate ignorance about AIDS. This, amid projections that suggest that by the end of the decade, the disease could be so widespread in China, it might actually pinch economic growth. China's growth rate has been slowing a bit, but it is still about 9 percent for the year - a remarkable performance by any measure. To capitalize on this, the U.S. Department of Transportation soon will open two new air routes to China. And as Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports, that's started a commercial dogfight in the troubled U.S. airline industry.
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Venezuela's effort at a new image

Dec 1, 2004
Washington was a bit miffed yesterday when it learned Venezuela planned to buy Russian-made MIG fighter jets to replace U.S.-made F-16s. In the words of one senior administration official, "Let me put it this way... we shoot down MIGs." How serious the rift? Hard to say. Venezuela's been concerned for quite a while about its image in the U.S. Marketplace America's desk correspondent Dan Grech tells us about an ad campaign to sell us Venezuela's softer side..
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Lumber wars

Nov 30, 2004
President Bush began his first official trip to Canada today. Simmering trade tensions over beef, wheat and pork were on the menu as he met with the Canadian Prime Minister. But perhaps the most difficult issue is that 27 percent tariff the U.S. slapped on Canadian softwood lumber back in 1982. It was the Reagan administration claiming unfair competition. At the time, Canadians worried the tariff would wreck their industry. But as Americas Desk reporter Dan Grech tells us, it may have had quite the reverse effect.
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Another exodus

Nov 30, 2004
Yesterday we told you about that UN report which claims that on balance, immigrants boost the economies of their host countries. Great Britain would seem to be a case in point. It has opened the door to millions of immigrants. Its economy is buoyant, unemployment is at a record low, and home prices are among the highest in the world. Nonetheless, native-born Brits are fleeing their homeland. Marketplace's European Bureau chief Stephen Beard looks at why.
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Kabul's entry into high-end communications

Nov 29, 2004
Our final advice to America: make a choice on how to treat the Muslim world. That's the highlight of a new videotape broadcast on Al-Jazeera today. It was delivered by a man in a white turban with an automatic rifle, believed to be Al Qaida's number two. As the manhunt continues in the mountainous west, to the east n places like Kabul - the focus is on reconstruction. As Jason Paur reports, all this activity has led the local business community to discover the virtues of letting one's fingers do the walking.
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