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APEC Business Leaders Push Asia-Pac FTA

The Business Advisory Council of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation is focused on taking further steps towards realizing the goal of an integrated Asia Pacific economy, and on liberalizing and facilitating trade and investment, leading ultimately to a Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific.
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India Prepares For 'Paradigm Shift' With GST

The implementation of a Goods and Services Tax in India will bring about a 'paradigm shift' in the area of indirect taxation in the country, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said.
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Virgin Australia Announces Carbon Tax Surcharges

Virgin Australia has outlined the surcharges it will add to flight prices in response to new Australian and European Union carbon pricing schemes.
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German Bundestag Backs Greek Package

The German Bundestag, or lower house of parliament, has recently adopted by a large majority the second rescue package for Greece, designed to grant Athens further financial assistance of a maximum of EUR130bn (USD175bn) until 2014.
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Austerity Continues To Bite In Ireland, ESRI Says

Structural and tax reforms could offer a boost to Ireland as austerity measures continue to dampen economic activity, according to a new report by the Economic and Social Research Institute.
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