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    The UAE and Qatar markets are in focus as the highly anticipated MSCI decision on whether or not to upgrade these markets from ‘frontier’ to ‘emerging markets’ status was delayed until December of this year.

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    Saudi Arabia is expected to enforce a highly-anticipated new mortgage law that could offer valuable opportunities for banks and investors seeking the next growth story in the Kingdom.

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    With persistent uncertainty over the  Greek government's policies and over the EU's ability to agree on a solution, the euro should be on shaky ground, according to some analysts.

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    European stocks were expected to open lower on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke revised the US growth forecast downwards.

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    As a two-day meeting of EU leaders gets underway in Brussels on Thursday, analysts expect the summit to provide temporary relief for financial markets with leaders present a united front and insisting they will continue to support Greece, but not much more.

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    The number and bank balances of the world's millionaires have rebounded to above pre-crisis levels, but demographic and geographical shifts are changing the face of global wealth, according to a report on high net worth individuals by CapGemini and Merrill Lynch, released Wednesday.

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    All eyes are on Greece yet again Wednesday morning after the Greek parliament backed Prime Minister George Papandreou's new cabinet Tuesday in a midnight vote, with some analysts saying much more is needed for markets' confidence to come back.1st paragraph of story should go here

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    European stocks were expected to open mixed on Wednesday after posting the biggest gain in two months on Tuesday amid optimism that Greece will receive a fresh bailout and avoid defaulting.

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    Albert Einstein is reported to have said that insanity consists of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. By those standards, the deal with Greece that is about to be agreed looks insane. The only justification, as I argued in a column on May 10, is that it is needed to play for time. This is a bad strategy. Something more radical is required, according to the FT.

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    Greece's parliament gave Prime Minister Papandreou a midnight vote of confidence, but the move doesn't mean Greece will ultimately go along with the austerity plan, or even avoid default.

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    Greece's parliament is expected to give Prime Minister George Papandreou a midnight vote of confidence, but the move doesn't mean Greece will ultimately go along with the austerity plan, or even avoid default.

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    Any change in Greek leadership would likely bring with it new economic and political goals, and thus may not agree to the same austerity terms already agreed to with the IMF.

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    Greece’s parliament square, Syntagma square, has been the center stage for protests against the country’s harsh austerity measures since spring 2010, when the first EU/IMF bailout package was signed.

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    With markets and political analysts beginning to say that a Greek default is unavoidable, continuing to delay the inevitable may be the best bet to avoid contagion into other Southern European countries, according to some market observers.

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    European stocks rose early Tuesday and the euro stabilized versus the Swiss franc on hopes that euro zone officials will find a way to prevent a Greek default, as Fitch said even a voluntary maturity extension would lead to a cut in ratings.

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    The matters of food production, lack of transparency in food stocks and speculation on commodities markets need to be tackled as they are affecting food prices, French agriculture minister Bruno Le Maire told CNBC.com Monday.

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    With economic data heading south, the Greek debt crisis and China raising rates, stocks have been under pressure, having for months managed to shrug off a wall of worry.

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    German banks want incentives to buy new Greek bonds once the old ones mature, to keep the country afloat, according to representatives of the Association of German bankers.

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    Tuesday will be the 'longest day' in Europe, John M. Hydeskov, chief analyst at Danske Markets in London, told CNBC Tuesday morning.

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    For more than two years, we have witnessed the economic demise of several European countries. This soon led to the financial community systematically assessing the health of several peripheral southern European countries, tumbling investment grade ratings and spikes in required rates of return on government debt of these sovereigns. As the European Central Bank continues to dole out rescue packages, many are now looking for the next country to suffer a financial attack and wondering if the euro will even survive, reports the FT.