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  • ISTANBUL— Turkish Airlines said it diverted an Istanbul- to- Sao Paulo flight with 256 people aboard to Morocco after finding a note with the word "bomb" in the toilet. Turkish Airlines says it is standard procedure to make an emergency landing under such circumstances. The airline said a similar incident occurred Sunday on an Istanbul flight to Tokyo.

  • TOKYO, March 30- Prospects for legalizing casino gambling in Japan suffered another blow on Monday as proponents said they would delay a bill allowing "integrated resorts," as the ruling coalition remains divided on the controversial measure. Companies such as Las Vegas Sands Corp and MGM Resorts International have been hoping Japan will unlock a casino...

  • TOKYO, March 30- Prospects for legalising casino gambling in Japan suffered another blow on Monday as proponents said they would delay a bill allowing "integrated resorts", as the ruling coalition remains divided on the controversial measure. Companies such as Las Vegas Sands Corp and MGM Resorts International have been hoping Japan will unlock a casino...

  • JGBs slip in volatile trade before fiscal year-end Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 1:03 AM ET

    TOKYO, March 30- Japanese government bond prices slipped across the board on Monday in volatile trade as investors closed their books before the March 31 domestic fiscal year-end. Traders said liquidity, already low due to the Bank of Japan's regular debt buying operations, has dried up further as many investors opted for the sidelines before the fiscal...

  • TOKYO, March 30- Japan's industrial output fell in February at the fastest pace in eight months due to declines in production of machinery, cars and electronics in a worrying sign that domestic demand could be faltering. Economists were already braced for a fall as many companies were expected to trim output due to the timing of Lunar New Year holidays, but the 3.4...

  • Reading Japan's February industrial production   Sunday, 29 Mar 2015 | 7:51 PM ET
    Reading Japan's February industrial production

    As Japanese manufacturers cut production to clear inventory, factory output for February saw a wider-than-expected fall, says Jesper Koll, managing director & head of Japanese Equity Research at JPMorgan Securities Japan.

  • When to expect more BOJ easing?   Sunday, 29 Mar 2015 | 6:31 PM ET
    When to expect more BOJ easing?

    Nicholas Smith, Japan strategist at CLSA, says Japan will need a little push from the Bank of Japan when the second sales tax hike, originally intended for this October, is implemented.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 10 Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    STONE MOUNTAIN, United States- Federal Reserve vice chair Stanley Fischer speaks at dinner before the 2015 Financial Markets Conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta- 2315 GMT. RICHMOND, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker speaks on "Economic Outlook, March 2015" before the Greater Richmond Chamber of...

  • NEW YORK, March 27- Wall Street on Friday closed higher for the first time in a week, lifted by rising tech stocks, while oil prices slumped 5 percent on receding fears about Middle East fighting disrupting supplies. The major U.S. stock indexes snapped a four-day losing streak after the Wall Street Journal reported chipmaker Intel Corp is in talks to buy rival...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 1:21 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for March, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for February, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases international trade data for February, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases...

  • *Crude dips as market reassesses Yemen conflict impact. Trading in many markets was choppy, with oil dropping back after Thursday's spike on Saudi-led air attacks in Yemen and investors awaiting a speech on monetary policy later on Friday by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. "Yellen will be the big news of the day, certainly, so I don't expect a lot of movement...

  • YOKOHAMA, Japan— The cutting-edge technology was billed as a way to decipher where exactly the morass of nuclear fuel might sit at the bottom of reactors in the Japanese power plant that went into multiple meltdowns four years ago. But what went wrong, even in a simple demonstration for reporters Friday for the 500 million yen project, was a sobering reminder of...

  • *Crude dips as market reassesses conflict in Yemen. Asian shares dropped overnight but the pan-European FTSEurofirst tip-toed higher as a 0.2 percent fall for Britain's FTSE was offset by 0.6 and 0.1 percent gains on Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40.. "I'm not surprised that European shares are fading their gains," said Gavin Friend, a strategist at National...

  • BANGKOK— Thailand is facing bans on new international flights and increased inspections after the International Civil Aviation Organization flagged significant concerns about the country's aviation safety, officials said Friday. Japan has blocked new flights from Thailand following the ICAO decision and South Korea is considering similar measures,...

  • TOKYO, March 27- Japanese government bonds skidded sharply on Friday, as investors sold both cash bonds and futures before the end of Japan's fiscal year. The benchmark 10- year yield added 5 basis points to 0.375 percent, after soaring as high as 0.405 percent, its highest since March 18. "It's a strange market today," said Tadashi Matsukawa, head of Japan...

  • Stocks recover their poise ahead of US economic data Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 2:24 AM ET

    TOKYO— Asian shares were lackluster Friday as the conflict in Yemen ripped through the Middle East and Japanese data showed the world's No. 3 economy is still in the doldrums. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 1.3 percent to 19,213.15 and South Korea's Kospi was down 0.3 percent at 2,016.94. MIDDLE EAST: The turmoil in Yemen has erupted into a regional...

  • SEJONG, South Korea/ SEOUL, March 27- South Korea hopes its infrastructure companies will benefit from the country joining the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the finance ministry said on Friday. China has set March 31 as the deadline for joining the bank as a founder member, which will be capitalized at an initial $50 billion to provide...

  • BOJ may tolerate weak data: DBS   Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 1:16 AM ET
    BOJ may tolerate weak data: DBS

    Tie Ying Ma, Economist at DBS, says the central bank has indicated that it will tolerate low consumer inflation data as a temporary phenomenon.

  • SEJONG, South Korea/ SEOUL, March 27- South Korea hopes its infrastructure companies will benefit from the country joining the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the finance ministry said on Friday. China is South Korea's biggest trading partner and the two countries are set to sign a free trade agreement in the first half of this year.

  • Expect more BOJ easing: HSBC   Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 10:44 PM ET
    Expect more BOJ easing: HSBC

    Dominic Bunning, FX strategist at HSBC, expects more monetary stimulus this year on the back of recent weak inflation figures.