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Greek lawmakers approved the country's 2013 austerity budget, an essential step in Greece's efforts to persuade its international creditors to unblock a vital rescue loan installment.

 
 
Rising speculation that Spain will soon ask for help to keep its borrowing costs down continued to shore up markets in the run-up to a meeting of European leaders.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has for the first time ruled out the possibility of debt-stricken Greece sliding into bankruptcy or leaving the Eurozone.
 
 
Tens of thousands of people from across Britain gathered in central London to protest against the government's austerity policy.
Moody's Investors Service left Spain's credit rating at investment-grade level, although it assigned a negative outlook due to persistent risks.
Americans spent more money at retailers in September - a buying surge that reflected growing consumer confidence and the launch of the Apple's latest iPhone.
Chairman Ben Bernanke offered a wide-ranging defense of the Federal Reserve's aggressive policies to stimulate the still-weak economy.
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