Xinhua world economic news summary at 1200 GMT, April 22

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SOFIA -- Bulgarian customs officers at the country's Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint near the border with Turkey have captured nearly 980,000 smuggled cigarettes hidden in two refrigerator trucks, authorities said here on Wednesday.

The cigarettes without excise stamps were found last Friday when the two vehicles with Ukrainian registration entered one after the other from Turkey, the National Customs Agency (NCA) said in a statement. (Bulgaria-Crime-Turkey)

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TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks closed lower Wednesday as energy-linked issues weighed on the market after crude oil futures in New York plummeted again overnight amid a glut that could see prices pegged low for some time.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average dropped 142.83 points, or 0.74 percent, from Tuesday to close the day at 19,137.95. (Japan-Stocks-Nikkei)

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BANGKOK -- The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) index Wednesday moved up 8.89 points, or 0.71 percent to close at 1,261.81 points.

Some 14.86 billion shares worth 76.82 billion baht (about 2.37 billion U.S. dollars) changed hands. (Thailand-Stocks)

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BERLIN -- German stocks were off to a good start on Wednesday, with the benchmark DAX index rising by 120.40 points, or 1.17 percent, opening at 10,370.25 points.

The biggest winner among Germany's largest 30 companies was chip manufacturer Infineon, increasing by 2.44 percent, followed by software company SAP with 2.43 percent and financial service provider Wirecard with 1.53 percent. (Germany-Stock market)

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ULAN BATOR -- A book on immigrants in America has become one of the best-selling books on U.S. e-commerce platform Amazon.

"Almost American: A Mongolian girl's American Story" by Billie Tuvshinbayar went for sale on Amazon on April 12. (Mongolia-America-Immigrants) Enditem

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