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  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 SEOUL- South Korea Central Bank Governor Kim Choong Soo will speak at a conference in Seoul- 1200 GMT. ANKARA- Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey monetary policy meeting. SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip Lowe gives a speech at the Renminbi Global Cities Dialogue Dinner.

  • *Asia ex- Japan, Nikkei post gains as market euphoria persists. *Oil up but limited by worries OPEC won't extend production curbs. European stocks also look set for a strong start, with financial spreadbetter CMC Markets expecting Britain's FTSE 100 to open up 0.2 percent and Germany's DAX to start the day 0.3 percent higher.

  • *Asia ex- Japan, Nikkei post gains as market euphoria persists. *Oil up but limited by worries OPEC won't extend production curbs. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.35 percent to its highest level in more than three weeks, marking four straight days of gains.

  • SYDNEY, April 25- Copper eased in Asia on Tuesday, coming under pressure from investors looking to book gains after a surprise overnight lift in the London contract following a market-friedly French presidential vote. "Copper gained some steam on the back of the French election, but that hasn't held up in Asia," said a Perth- based commodities trader.

  • *Macron and Le Pen top first round of French vote. LONDON, April 24- Copper rose on Monday as centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron's strong performance in the first round of the French presidential election boosted appetite for cyclical assets, sending stock markets sharply higher. Sunday's vote, which could pave the way for pro-EU Macron to beat far-right rival...

  • *Macron, Le Pen top first round of French vote. LONDON, April 24- Copper edged higher on Monday as centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron's strong performance in the first round of the French elections boosted appetite for cyclical assets, sending stock markets sharply higher. *PRICES: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was at $5,643 a tonne at 1432 GMT, up...

  • DUBAI/ WELLINGTON, April 24- Qatar Airways would consider canceling flights to Auckland if New Zealand follows the United States in banning laptops and other large electronic devices on Middle East flights, its chief executive said on Monday. New Zealand is considering additional security checks on flights from some countries in the Middle East after...

  • *Macron, Le Pen win first round of French vote. LONDON, April 24- Copper rose on Monday as centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron's victory in the first round of the French elections boosted appetite for cyclical assets, sending stock markets sharply higher. Sunday's vote, which could pave the way for pro-EU Macron to beat right-wing rival Marine Le Pen in a deciding...

  • *Macron, Le Pen win first round of French vote. LONDON, April 24- Copper rose on Monday in line with most other base metals, responding to centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron's victory in the first round of the French elections which boosted appetite for cyclical assets across financial markets. *PRICES: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 0.5...

  • LONDON, April 24- European shares opened sharply higher and the euro briefly vaulted to five-month peaks on Monday after the market's favored candidate won the first round of the French election, reducing the risk of another Brexit-like shock. The victory for pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron, who is now expected to beat right-wing rival Marine Le Pen in a...

  • DUBAI/ WELLINGTON, April 24- New Zealand is considering restrictions on laptops and other large electronic devices on flights from some Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East, the country's prime minister said on Monday. The New Zealand leader elaborated on comments made by transport minister Simon Bridges, who told Reuters in an interview in Dubai on...

  • DUBAI, April 23- New Zealand is considering additional security checks on flights from Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East, its transport minister said on Sunday. Additional security measures would affect passengers flying from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and Doha, Qatar, where carriers Emirates and Qatar Airways, respectively, fly direct to...

  • WASHINGTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, April 22- Tens of thousands of people turned out in cities across the United States and beyond on Saturday for Earth Day events billed as a "celebration of science" to counter what organizers say is a growing disregard for evidence-based knowledge in Washington. Festivities at one of the largest events on Washington's National Mall...

  • WASHINGTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, April 22- Thousands of people turned out in cities across the United States and beyond on Saturday for Earth Day events billed as a "celebration of science" to counter what organizers say is a growing disregard for evidence-based knowledge in Washington. The "March for Science" festivities included scientific "teach-ins," speeches by...

  • TBILISI- National Bank of Georgia monetary policy committee meeting. THURSDAY, APRIL 27 SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip Lowe gives a speech at the Renminbi Global Cities Dialogue Dinner. MOSCOW- Central Bank of Russia interest rate decision- 1030 GMT.

  • Vice President Mike Pence told Indonesian President Joko Widodo that more steps were needed to resolve the dispute between mining company Freeport McMoRan Inc and the Indonesian government, a White House foreign policy adviser said on Friday. Amid rising tensions around the world's second-biggest copper mine, Pence briefly raised the issue during a...

  • TOKYO, April 21- Japanese steelmakers have bought coking coal from the United States, Canada and China to replace supply lost after a cyclone closed rail links in Australia, their biggest supplier, industry and trader sources said. In 2016, Japan bought about 71 percent of the 59.9 million tonnes of coking coal it consumed from Australia. "We've tapped supplies by...

  • CANBERRA, Australia— An Australian subsidiary of U.S. energy giant Chevron Corp. lost a court appeal on Friday against a 340 million Australian dollar tax bill in a ruling with ramification for how multinational corporations transfer money. The court found the company had reduced its Australian tax cost through 9 percent tax-deductible interest payments...

  • BEIJING— Asian stocks rose Friday ahead of the first round of voting in France's closely watched presidential election after Wall Street rallied on strong corporate earnings. Hong Kong's Hang Seng advanced 0.2 percent to 24,093.32 and Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 added 0.6 percent to 5,855.90. Benchmarks in New Zealand, Taiwan and Southeast Asia also advanced.

  • TORONTO, April 20- Ontario's provincial government on Thursday introduced a 15 percent tax on property purchases by foreign buyers as part of 16 measures designed to cool Toronto's red-hot housing market. A rapid acceleration in home prices in Toronto had prompted some economists to voice fears that the real estate market in Canada's most populous city is in...