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January 21 2013, 07:45AM

A roundup of news in finance, economics and business from around the world:


NEW YORK - The US agency in charge of transportation safety says a fire sparked after a Boeing 787 Dreamliner landed in Boston was not caused by an overcharged battery.

ATHENS - No additional measures would be necessary for Greece if it carries out the reforms under its bailout program, IMF chief Christine Lagarde says.

ALGIERS - The gas site in the Algerian Sahara desert that was shut down after Islamists attacked it and took foreign workers hostage will be up and running in the next two days, the energy minister says.

PARIS - Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn paid a settlement of $US1.5 million ($A1.4 million) to the New York hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault, a French newspaper reports.

SEOUL - Hyundai Heavy Industries says it's won a $US1.1 billion ($A1.05 billion) order from Norway's Statoil ASA to install a topside facility on a spar hull being built by the South Korean company.

WELLINGTON - New Zealand dollar trading got off to a slow start on Monday due to the regional holiday in Wellington and Martin Luther King holiday weekend in the US.

NEW YORK - Oil prices have risen as investors banked on greater demand following encouraging economic data in China and the United States.


SYDNEY - The Australian dollar has fallen back slightly after an earlier rise on strong Chinese growth data.

SYDNEY - The Australian market looks set to open higher after the Dow and the S&P 500 hit their best levels since late 2007, helped by news that Republicans might agree to raise the US' debt ceiling.

SYDNEY - Housing completions in Sydney skyrocketed in the three months to September 30 potentially assisting the city's housing affordability, research shows.

BRISBANE - Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls concedes the state's unemployment rate is unacceptable as a report shows joblessness to be at "historically high" levels.

SYDNEY - Western Australia is still the best performing economy in the nation but the Northern Territory is now closing the gap, according to a new report.

SYDNEY - Thousands of workers will stretch their long weekends out with a sneaky sickie ahead of Australia Day, according to a peak business body.