Reuters World News Highlights

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese Foreign  Minister Yang Jiechi talked yesterday of ways to lift the  faltering world economy and agreed to work to prevent further  military confrontations at sea.
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NEW YORK – Blue-chip U.S. conglomerate General Electric Co  lost its top-tier credit rating in the latest corporate fallout  from the financial crisis, while European and U.S. data pointed  to declines in demand, production and employment yesterday.
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KHARTOUM – Three international aid workers from the medical  charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) have been kidnapped in  Darfur, officials said yesterday, and the state governor later  said kidnappers had demanded a ransom.

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