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i'm pauline choiu. this is "world business today," the top stories this day, japan appears willing to lend a hand to europe despite its own daunting debt pile. >>> a falling out at the top of the gambling empire, bribery allegations drive two long-term business partners apart. >>> a stampede into lin sanity. one company had the financial for site to buy in two years ago and has walked in with a bargain. they're not soaring and they're not slumping, but there is a perceptible lethargy on the markets as investors say tuesday's greek rescue deal is a stopgap really, a band-aid, not a solution. thursday's picture is mixed with low volumes mirroring low confidence in europe's debt strategy, charles. >>> at this week's greek rescue deal was meant to offer cause for celebration, investors, ratings agency and furious greek public have other ideas. while lawmakers work over time to meet the criteria, the streets of the capital have once again filled with dissent. cash strapped agent theinians aren't alone in the
pauline chiou, cnn, hong kong. >>> okay. going from the school of hard knocks to a slightly less dramatic sport. before we go, though, drama, though, still on the red carpet at last night's oscars that we want to show you. the comedian, sasha baron cohen showed up as the character from his latest movie "the dictator." in a nod to the late libyan leader, moammar gadhafi he brought along two female body guards and an urn with the face of kim jong-il on it. he later spilled some fake ashes from the urn on to interviewer and tv personality ryan seacrest who was quoted later as saying, i was a little dusty but i'm okay, nina. i must admit, he always has to push the boundaries, sasha baron cohen. i still think the comedy line of the night should go to billy crystal. his line was nothing takes the sting out of an economic recession like watching rich people giving each other gold statues. >> that's a very apt one. given the fact that the price of gold is well above $1,700 an nou ounce is a pretty expensive gift to be given as well.
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