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Hard Numbers: EU hungry for oligarch assets, Lebanese pound hits rock-bottom, Taliban sell coal, Lumumba's tooth

9.9 billion: The EU wants to eliminate legal obstacles so member states can confiscate up to 9.9 billion euros ($10.62 billion) in frozen assets from Russian oligarchs to fund Ukraine's reconstruction. But making sanctions-busting a criminal offense across the entire bloc won't be easy, and some member states fret about violating due process and property rights.

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