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  • But investors who have sued PT Bakrie Telecom Tbk and its subsidiaries in New York over a $380 million bond say they were barred from voting on the restructuring. The bond's trustee Bank of New York Mellon said that violated both the terms of the bond contract and the law, without specifying which country's law, according to a letter to Bakrie Telecom seen by...

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18- Malaysian state fund 1 MDB said it would explore asset sales as well as the sale of development rights in prime property projects as it seeks to cut down on debt- a burden that has put pressure on the ringgit and the country's sovereign credit rating. The strategic review is new CEO Arul Kanda's attempt to make a break with years of controversy...

  • *Fanuc to spend $844 million on new plant. TOKYO, Feb 16- Japanese industrial robot maker Fanuc Corp on Monday said it would double its planned investment in a new factory, a week after hedge fund Third Point called on the firm to use its cash pile to boost shareholder returns by buying back shares. The cash-rich company said its decision to spend 100 billion yen on...

  • Iraqis must be patient on economy, prime minister says Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 9:36 AM ET

    BAGHDAD, Feb 12- Iraq's prime minister called on Thursday for "patience" while the government implements economic reforms that include restructuring of many state-owned companies, saying the plan would deliver growth and development. Haider al-Abadi, who took office in September after Islamic State militants seized control of large parts of north and west...

  • PARIS, Feb 12- French energy company Total will cut investment and jobs this year and accelerate its asset sales programme after taking a $6.5 billion writedown in the fourth quarter because of weak oil prices. Like many of its oil producing rivals, the Paris- based firm was forced to write down the value of North American oil sands and shale assets as well as...

  • 'Massive opportunities' still exist in China Monday, 9 Feb 2015 | 2:59 PM ET
    Pedestrians walk past a Pizza Hut restaurant in Beijing.

    Massive opportunities still exist in China despite slowing growth there, says Michael Yoshikami.

  • HOUSTON, Feb 1- Union workers took to picket lines on Sunday after strikes were called at nine U.S. refineries and chemical plants in a bid to pressure oil companies to agree to a new national contract covering workers at 63 plants. The United Steelworkers union said Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the lead industry negotiator, halted talks after the union rejected a fifth...

  • LONDON, Jan 29- Standard Chartered's board will discuss succession planning at a meeting in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, people familiar with the matter said. It was inevitable issues around the succession of Chief Executive Peter Sands would come up, two people familiar with the matter said. The former McKinsey consultant steered Standard Chartered through...

  • TOKYO, Jan 28- Japan's leading independent budget airline Skymark Airlines Inc filed for protection from creditors late on Wednesday, blaming a weak yen and a dispute with Airbus Group for its financial straits. "The company, believing the demands for breach-of-contract payments were unreasonable, attempted to negotiate a reduction in the payments with...

  • BAGHDAD, Jan 28- Royal Dutch Shell has signed a deal with Iraq worth $11 billion to build a petrochemicals plant in the southern oil hub of Basra, Industry Minister Nasser al-Esawi said on Wednesday. Esawi told a press conference in Baghdad the Nibras complex, which is expected to come on line within five to six years, would make Iraq the largest petrochemical...

  • BAGHDAD, Jan 28- Royal Dutch Shell signed deal with Iraq worth $11 billion to build a petrochemicals plant in the southern oil hub of Basra, Industry Minister Nasser al-Esawi said on Wednesday. Esawi told a press conference in Baghdad the Nibras complex, which is expected to come on line within five to six years, would make Iraq the largest petrochemical producer...

  • HONG KONG, Jan 23- Troubled Chinese property firm Kaisa Group is talking to banks and rival developers about selling its assets as the company scrambles to raise cash, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that developers speaking to Kaisa include China Vanke and Shenzhen Overseas Chinese Town.

  • Jan 21- More than 4,000 employees of American Express Co will lose their jobs over the next year as part of a restructuring program at the credit card company, a spokeswoman said. This will occur over the course a year throughout the organization, " Marina Hoffmann Norville, a spokeswoman for American Express, said in an email. It said American Express would continue...

  • *India lawsuit has no effect on operations- Barra. BEIJING, Jan 16- China's Xiaomi Inc plans to invest in Indian tech start-ups and overseas media content, as the world's No.3 smartphone maker looks to dominate homes with its own TVs and appliances. "One area that we are also looking to make some investments in is start-ups in India.

  • HONG KONG, Jan 14- China has allowed foreign investors to fully own e-commerce companies in Shanghai's free trade zone as part of a pilot scheme, the official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday, citing the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Since the launch of the free trade zone in September 2013, policy makers have trumpeted reforms and relaxed...

  • DETROIT/ TOKYO, Jan 12- Toyota Motor Corp is ending a three-year freeze on building new vehicle assembly plants and is looking to open two new assembly plants in China and another in Mexico, four executives familiar with the company's plans said. The Japanese automaker has already completed initial feasibility studies in both China and Mexico, according to...

  • Jan 12- Hong Kong's key share index edged up on Monday, lifted by the business restructuring plan announced late on Friday by Li Ka- shing, Asia's richest man. "Li's reconstructuring boosted the share price of Hong Kong's property sector today, and I expect rise will last for a week," said Andy Wong, senior investment analyst at Harris Fraser in Hong Kong.

  • SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, Jan 6- China and Costa Rica have signed a partnership agreement that could give Chinese firms a foothold in the country, the Costa Rican government said in a statement on Tuesday, another sign of expanding Chinese influence in Central America. The statement, sent from China, said that during a trip to Beijing, Costa Rican President Luis...

  • Jan 5- Investment banking advisory firm Avista Advisory Group has appointed Sui Ling Cheah vice chairman of Asia Pacific. Cheah, who is based in Singapore, joins Avista from BNP Paribas Securities, where she was CEO of corporate finance. She has also worked at JP Morgan and Merrill Lynch Investment Banking.

  • Jan 2- A federal judge rejected Uber Technologies Inc's bid not to disclose emails from Chief Executive Travis Kalanick in a California lawsuit accusing the popular ride-booking service of deceiving customers about how it shares tips with drivers. District Judge Edward Chen's order in San Francisco was the latest setback for Uber, which has drawn criticism...