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Bottom Drops Out Of Syria's Currency Causing Economic Hardship

In the past, Iran has helped out with credit lines. But now, an Iranian official has instead encouraged the Syrians to "develop a resistance economy" like Iran's sanctions-strapped fiscal management.
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Health Insurer Aetna Raises Wages For Lowest-Paid Workers To $16 An Hour

Aetna, the giant health insurance company, raised its minimum wage this month. CEO Mark Bertolini says he expects the raise will pay for itself through increased productivity.
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Just Do It: Obama Tries To Sway Skeptical Democrats On Trade

The president is finding it tough to get Democrats on board with a Pacific trade deal. He's meeting with some who might be open to it and even going to Nike headquarters next week for an event.
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SEC Rule Would Link Executive Pay To Performance

The rule, which grew out of the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul bill, would make it easier for shareholders to see whether salaries are in line with a company's financial performance.
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Japan's Abe Pushes The Pacific Trade Deal Onto Center Stage

The Japanese prime minister used his time in the spotlight in Washington to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying it would create both prosperity and peace. Democrats remain skeptical.
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SEC Proposes New Rules For Linking Executive Pay With Firm Performance

The Securities and Exchange Commission introduced new rules Wednesday that will make it easier for shareholders to link executive pay with a firm's financial performance.
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Japan's Prime Minister Makes Historic Address To Congress

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid out his vision of increasing ties with the U.S., and expressed his remorse over Japan's wartime atrocities.
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Pope Francis Calls Gender Pay Gap A 'Pure Scandal'

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports that Francis' remarks, at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, are some of his most forceful statements yet in favor of women.
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Will Slower U.S. Economy Make Fed Wait To Raise Rates?

The economy posted its weakest performance in a year, growing at a 0.2 percent pace in the first quarter. Analysts say that could affect the central bank's timetable for boosting rates.
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Obama Confident In Asia Trade Pact, But Track Record For Deals Is Spotty

Following a South Korean trade pact in 2012, the U.S. deficit with that country widened by 80 percent. But some argue that if the U.S. doesn't create trade rules, there won't be any.

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