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Wed October 19, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

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Wed October 19, 2011
Middle East

Israelis React To Gilad Shalit Being Freed

Israelis reflect on the release of Gilad Shalit, after five years as a prisoner in the Gaza Strip. Sheera Frenkel reports.

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Wed October 19, 2011
Economy

Greek Parliament To Vote On New Austerity Package

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ARI SHAPIRO, host: Unions are shutting down Greece today in what a prominent Greek newspaper calls the mother of all strikes. Flights are grounded, state offices are shuttered and shops are closed in the biggest organized protest against austerity measures since the debt crisis began almost two years ago. This week, parliament is expected to pass the latest package of cuts. But the protests show that the country's big unions will continue to resist. Joanna Kakississ has this story from Athens.

(SOUNDBITE OF PROTEST)

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Wed October 19, 2011
Business

Business News

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 11:21 am

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ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with Wall Street taking a bite out of Apple. Apple shares dropped more than six percent, after the company said quarterly profits rose only 54 percent over last year. Investors are used to Apple blowing past analysts' expectations, and yesterday's numbers came in below predictions, so they were a disappointment.

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Wed October 19, 2011
Economy

Protesting Austerity Measures, Unions Try To Shut Down Greece

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 11:21 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli is in Athens and she joins us on the line for a look at what the strike is looking like there. Good morning, Sylvia.

SYLVIA POGGIOLI, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

MONTAGNE: What's the scene there? Pretty quiet, I imagine.

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