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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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Ukraine's political quagmire

Nov 26, 2004
The crisis in Ukraine continues. In Kiev tens of thousands of demonstraters are still protesting the disputed presidential election. They claim that the pro-Moscow candidate - the current Prime Minister - rigged the ballot. Ukraine's president Leonid Kuchma announced the creation of a multilateral working group to figure out a solution. The U.S. and the European Union have condemned the election. But Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed the result. As Stephen Beard reports, this is turning into a test of Russia's democracy and free market reform.
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Labor Unions -- the China way

Nov 23, 2004
News out of Asia has it that Walmart is allowing it's Chinese workers to unionize. Will this have any affect here in the U.S., where no Walmart employees are labor union members? Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford explains the differences between American and Chinese unions.
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In India, anyone can afford a ticket on this airline

Nov 22, 2004
American Airlines announced today it's delaying the delivery of 54 Boeing jets 'til the end of the decade. American and other carriers have been struggling to cut costs in a battle of survival amid rising oil prices and cutthroat competition. But in India, that country's first-ever low-cost carrier has just taken off. And at $10 a ticket - just about anybody can fly. Miranda Kennedy reports.
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Arafat and the money trail

Nov 19, 2004
The recent death of Yasser Arafat has left a lot of questions about the way he handled the finances of the Palestinian Authority. Today, Bloomberg News reported that Citigroup invested more than $6.5 million for the Palestinian leader as recently as two years ago. Citigroup was reportedly working on behalf of Arafat at a time when he may have been paying militants and channeling authority funds into his personal accounts. Marketplace's Bob Moon has more.
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A woman's bank

Nov 19, 2004
Virginia Woolf once wrote that for a woman to succeed as a writer, she needed two guineas and a room of her own. Now in Germany, that philosophy's being applied to the financial business. Today a new bank run by, and for, women set up shop in Munich. Reporter Kyle James checked it out.
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