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    Posted: 3/15/2012 8:50:46 AM EST
    In this March 13, 2012 photo, trader John Bishop works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Markets were buoyant Wednesday, March 14, 2012, a day after a fairly rosy assessment of the U.S. economy from the Federal Reserve boosted confidence about the state of the world's largest economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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    Posted: 3/14/2012 3:35:49 PM EST
    A general view shows the Iranian parliament after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad answered questions in an open session in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Iran's parliament began on Wednesday to question President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over a long list of accusations, including that he mismanaged the nation's economy and challenged the country's supreme leader. Ahmadinejad is the first president in the country's history to be hauled before the Iranian parliament, a serious blow to his standing in a conflict pitting him against lawmakers. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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    Posted: 3/14/2012 3:35:49 PM EST
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, listens to conservative lawmaker Ali Motahari, unseen, a prominent opponent of the president, as he reads out a series of questions to Ahmadinejad in an open session in parliament in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Iran's parliament began on Wednesday to question President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over a long list of accusations, including that he mismanaged the nation's economy and challenged the country's supreme leader. Ahmadinejad is the first president in the country's history to be hauled before the Iranian parliament, a serious blow to his standing in a conflict pitting him against lawmakers. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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    Posted: 3/14/2012 3:35:49 PM EST
    Parliament speaker Ali Larijani, top, listens to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, bottom, as he answers questions in an open session in parliament in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Iran's parliament began on Wednesday to question President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over a long list of accusations, including that he mismanaged the nation's economy and challenged the country's supreme leader. Ahmadinejad is the first president in the country's history to be hauled before the Iranian parliament, a serious blow to his standing in a conflict pitting him against lawmakers. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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    Posted: 3/14/2012 3:35:49 PM EST
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, leaves the podium after answering questions in an open session in parliament in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Iran's parliament began on Wednesday to question President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over a long list of accusations, including that he mismanaged the nation's economy and challenged the country's supreme leader. Ahmadinejad is the first president in the country's history to be hauled before the Iranian parliament, a serious blow to his standing in a conflict pitting him against lawmakers. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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    Posted: 3/14/2012 3:35:49 PM EST
    An unidentified Iranian clerical lawmaker walks inside the parliament as legislators listen President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, unseen, answer questions in an open session in parliament in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Iran's parliament began Wednesday to question President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over a long list of accusations, including that he mismanaged the nation's economy and challenged the country's supreme leader. Ahmadinejad is the first president in the country's history to be hauled before the Iranian parliament, a serious blow to his standing in a conflict pitting him against lawmakers. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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    Posted: 3/14/2012 3:35:48 PM EST
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad answers questions in an open session in parliament in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Iran's parliament began on Wednesday to question President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over a long list of accusations, including that he mismanaged the nation's economy and challenged the country's supreme leader. Ahmadinejad is the first president in the country's history to be hauled before the Iranian parliament, a serious blow to his standing in a conflict pitting him against lawmakers. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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    To match Feature PORTUGAL/EMIGRATION

    Posted: 3/14/2012 10:46:50 AM EST
    Portuguese immigrant to Brazil, Fernando Silva, 49, prepares trays of his specialty, cod fish cakes, at the snack bar he opened in an Amazon town March 9, 2012. Portugal flourished as a global power with explorers like Vasco da Gama and Pedro Alvares Cabral building an empire which lasted for 600 years. Now a new wave of adventurers is once again seeking work, and hopefully fortune, elsewhere. Emigrating is fast becoming a preferred option for many seeking a decent living as their bailed-out economy suffers under debt, low growth and poor competitiveness. Portugal's booming ex-colonies in Africa and Brazil are a natural choice. Picture taken March 9, 2012. To match Feature PORTUGAL/EMIGRATION REUTERS/Paulo Santos (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS FOOD)
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    To match Feature PORTUGAL/EMIGRATION

    Posted: 3/14/2012 10:42:53 AM EST
    Portuguese immigrant to Brazil, Fernando Silva, 49, prepares his specialty, cod fish cakes, at the snack bar he opened in an Amazon town March 9, 2012. Portugal flourished as a global power with explorers like Vasco da Gama and Pedro Alvares Cabral building an empire which lasted for 600 years. Now a new wave of adventurers is once again seeking work, and hopefully fortune, elsewhere. Emigrating is fast becoming a preferred option for many seeking a decent living as their bailed-out economy suffers under debt, low growth and poor competitiveness. Portugal's booming ex-colonies in Africa and Brazil are a natural choice. Picture taken March 9. To match Feature PORTUGAL/EMIGRATION REUTERS/Paulo Santos (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS FOOD)
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    Posted: 3/14/2012 10:05:46 AM EST
    Men walk past an electronic stock indicator in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Asian stock markets rose Wednesday, powered by the biggest gains of the year on Wall Street after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it expects unemployment in the world's largest economy to keep falling. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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    Posted: 3/14/2012 10:05:46 AM EST
    Men look at an electronic stock indicator in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Asian stock markets rose Wednesday, powered by the biggest gains of the year on Wall Street after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it expects unemployment in the world's largest economy to keep falling. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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    Posted: 3/14/2012 10:05:45 AM EST
    A man walks past an electronic stock indicator in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Asian stock markets rose Wednesday, powered by the biggest gains of the year on Wall Street after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it expects unemployment in the world's largest economy to keep falling. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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    Posted: 3/14/2012 10:05:45 AM EST
    Women walk past an electronic stock indicator in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Asian stock markets rose Wednesday, powered by the biggest gains of the year on Wall Street after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it expects unemployment in the world's largest economy to keep falling. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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    Posted: 3/14/2012 10:05:45 AM EST
    Men walk past an electronic stock indicator in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Asian stock markets rose Wednesday, powered by the biggest gains of the year on Wall Street after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it expects unemployment in the world's largest economy to keep falling. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
  •  - German Economy Minister Roesler uses hammer and chisel during opening tour at International Trade Fair in Munich

    German Economy Minister Roesler uses hammer and chisel during opening tour at International Trade Fair in Munich

    Posted: 3/14/2012 9:43:30 AM EST
    The leader of the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), Economy Minister Philipp Roesler uses a hammer and a chisel during the opening tour at the International Trade Fair in Munich March 14, 2012. The fair opens today and runs till March 20, 2012. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)
  •  - Spain's Economy Minister De Guindos arrives with Spain's Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister Soria at Spanish parliament in Madrid

    Spain's Economy Minister De Guindos arrives with Spain's Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister Soria at Spanish parliament in Madrid

    Posted: 3/14/2012 6:43:03 AM EST
    Spain's Economy Minister Luis De Guindos arrives with Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister Jose Manuel Soria (R) at the Spanish parliament in Madrid March 14, 2012. Europe kept its new budget discipline credentials intact on Tuesday, holding Spain to tougher fiscal goals than it wanted but granting Madrid some leeway to fight a looming recession. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Spain's Economy Minister De Guindos laughs on his seat at Spanish parliament in Madrid

    Spain's Economy Minister De Guindos laughs on his seat at Spanish parliament in Madrid

    Posted: 3/14/2012 6:37:01 AM EST
    Spain's Economy Minister Luis De Guindos smiles in his seat before Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's speech in front of Spanish parliament in Madrid March 14, 2012, about the European Union Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) meeting in Brussels. Europe kept its new budget discipline credentials intact on Tuesday, holding Spain to tougher fiscal goals than it wanted but granting Madrid some leeway to fight a looming recession. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Spain's Economy Minister Luis De Guindos arrives at the Spanish parliament in Madrid

    Spain's Economy Minister Luis De Guindos arrives at the Spanish parliament in Madrid

    Posted: 3/14/2012 6:33:41 AM EST
    Spain's Economy Minister Luis De Guindos arrives at the Spanish parliament in Madrid March 14, 2012. Europe kept its new budget discipline credentials intact on Tuesday, holding Spain to tougher fiscal goals than it wanted but granting Madrid some leeway to fight a looming recession. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Spain's Economy Minister Luis De Guindos listens to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's speech in front of the Spanish parliament in Madrid

    Spain's Economy Minister Luis De Guindos listens to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's speech in front of the Spanish parliament in Madrid

    Posted: 3/14/2012 6:28:03 AM EST
    Spain's Economy Minister Luis De Guindos listens to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's speech in front of the Spanish parliament in Madrid March 14, 2012, about the European Union Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) meeting in Brussels. Europe kept its new budget discipline credentials intact on Tuesday, holding Spain to tougher fiscal goals than it wanted but granting Madrid some leeway to fight a looming recession. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Spain's Economy Minister Luis De Guindos smiles before Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's speech in front of the Spanish parliament in Madrid

    Spain's Economy Minister Luis De Guindos smiles before Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's speech in front of the Spanish parliament in Madrid

    Posted: 3/14/2012 6:24:41 AM EST
    Spain's Economy Minister Luis De Guindos smiles before Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's speech in front of the Spanish parliament in Madrid March 14, 2012, about the European Union Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) meeting in Brussels. Europe kept its new budget discipline credentials intact on Tuesday, holding Spain to tougher fiscal goals than it wanted but granting Madrid some leeway to fight a looming recession. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)