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  • *China barely positive in April, stimulus has limited impact. SYDNEY, May 2- Japanese manufacturing activity shrank in April at the fastest pace in more than three years as deadly earthquakes disrupted production, while output in China. Surveys due later on Monday are expected to show only sluggish activity in Europe and the United States as the world's...

  • After the Fed and the Bank of Japan kept their monetary policies unchanged, investors will be closely watching the Reserve Bank of Australia.

  • BAGHDAD— Iraq says April crude oil exports have increased by 2.3 percent from the previous month, filling cash-strapped coffers amid an acute economic crisis. Oil Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad, said Sunday that daily oil exports averaged 3.364 million barrels last month, worth $3.343 billion. Iraq holds the world's fourth largest oil reserves, and oil...

  • A Chinese resident walks out of her house her house next to a coal fired power plant on November 26, 2015 in Shanxi, China.

    China's manufacturing activity expanded in April, but only marginally, official data showed Sunday, raising doubts about the pickup's sustainability.

  • BEIJING— China's manufacturing activity was weaker than expected in April, according to a survey by an industry group. The China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing says its purchasing managers' index declined to 50.1 in April from the previous month's 50.2 on a 100- point scale. China's economic growth slowed in the first quarter to 6.7 percent, largely in...

  • A Sri Lankan fruit vendor, selling king coconuts, rides his bicycle in Colombo on February 12, 2015.

    The IMF has reached agreement with the Sri Lankan government for a $1.5 billion bailout to help the island nation avert a balance of payments crisis.

  • SUNDAY, MAY 1 AMELIA ISLAND, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley speaks before the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Financial Markets Conference- 2315 GMT. MONDAY, MAY 2 AMELIA ISLAND, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart gives welcome remarks before the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta...

  • WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for April, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for March, 10 a.m.. BERLIN— Automaker BMW releases first-quarter earnings figures. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department releases...

  • DUBAI, April 29- Construction company Saudi Binladin Group has laid off 50,000 staff, a newspaper reported on Friday, as pressure on the industry rises amid government spending cuts to survive an era of cheap oil. The total workforce at Binladin, one of Saudi Arabia's biggest firms and among the Middle East's largest builders, is around 200,000, according to its...

  • Mark Malloch-Brown, former United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, explains that a full recovery from the 26-year war will take decades.

  • Is Alibaba's Jack Ma buying AC Milan?

    Is China's richest man, Jack Ma, buying storied Italian football club A.C. Milan? Ma himself is pleading ignorance.

  • Share prices tumbled after the Bank of Japan ended its policy meeting without stepping up asset purchases or cutting interest rates further into negative territory. But while markets were disappointed, analysts said the Bank of Japan could be biding its time out of both domestic and diplomatic considerations. Japan is the host country for the Group of Seven...

  • TOKYO, April 28- Japanese government bonds mostly gained on Thursday, with the superlong zone rallying after the Bank of Japan opted to hold policy steady instead of easing further as some had expected. The yen soared and Japanese stocks slumped after the central bank confounded market expectations, despite the threat posed to Japan's fragile economic...

  • TOKYO, April 28- The Bank of Japan held off from expanding monetary stimulus on Thursday, defying market expectations for action even as soft global demand, an unwelcome yen rise and weak consumption threatened to derail a fragile economic recovery. The dollar shed more than 2 percent to fall below 109 yen on the news, while the Nikkei share average was down 3.5...

  • TOKYO, April 28- The Bank of Japan held off from expanding monetary stimulus on Thursday, defying market expectations for action even as soft global demand, an unwelcome yen rise and weak consumption threatened to derail a fragile economic recovery. I thought the BOJ would ease further today to accelerate the yen trend which had been weakening on expectations...

  • Poor weather in North Korea contributed to poor farm yields and a severe famine in the 1990s that reportedly killed hundreds of thousands.

    North Korea’s already-low food supply is set to deteriorate this year as dry weather hits crop yields, the U.N. has warned.

  • *BOJ cuts price f'casts in quarterly review. *Gov Kuroda expected to hold briefing 0630 GMT. TOKYO, April 28- The Bank of Japan held off on expanding monetary stimulus on Thursday, defying market expectations for action even as soft global demand, an unwelcome yen rise and weak consumption threatened to derail a fragile economic recovery.

  • TOKYO— Japan's central bank left its unprecedented monetary stimulus mostly unchanged in a policy meeting Thursday, defying speculation it would open the taps further to boost growth. The Bank of Japan did offer up to 300 billion yen in support for disaster recovery financing on the southern island of Kyushu, where two earthquakes struck earlier this month.

  • TOKYO— Japan central bank leaves monetary policy mostly unchanged, boosts support for quake recovery.

  • TOKYO— Japan's central bank opted Thursday not to expand its massive stimulus policies to boost growth, apart from channeling extra support for financing disaster recovery efforts on the earthquake-stricken southern island of Kyushu. The Bank of Japan said it would provide up to 300 billion yen in zero-interest rate loans to financial institutions in the...

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