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  • Japan's government will increase the inheritance tax rate in January, while tax relief measures on gifting will be expanded, in moves aimed at encouraging wealthy, older Japanese to either spend or pass on their savings before they die.

  • Stop worrying, and love nuclear power: Officials Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 1:37 PM ET

    Although atomic power is languishing, the industry is going on the offensive to change the conversation.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 28- Stock markets around the world fell on Thursday after Ukraine said Russia moved more troops into the country, escalating the risk of the region's crisis spreading, as nervous investors shifted money into gold and U.S. and German government bonds.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28- Malaysia Airlines has warned of poor second-half earnings as passenger bookings continue to fall in response to the loss of two aircraft in separate disasters this year.

  • Ukraine conflict weighs on markets; Retailers fall Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 3:45 AM ET

    The escalating conflict in Ukraine, disappointing retail earnings and profit outlooks combined to weigh down the market, eclipsing some good news on the U.S. economy and labor market. "The key driver was largely the Ukraine news and the uncertainty of what that means," said Erik Davidson, deputy chief investment officer at Wells Fargo Private Bank.

  • In line with Asia's subdued performance, spreadbetters expected a slightly lower start for European shares, forecasting Britain's FTSE to open as much as 0.1 percent lower, Germany's DAX down 0.15 percent and France's CAX 0.1 percent lower.

  • Asian stocks post cautious gains, Qantas surges Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 12:24 AM ET

    TOKYO— Asian stock markets were mostly higher Thursday but gains were muted ahead of U.S. economic data and possible policy announcements from Japan. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.2 percent to 24,965.42. and South Korea's Kospi rose 0.3 percent to 2,080.43 Sydney's S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.5 percent to 5,626.30.

  • European bonds have gained since European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said last Friday that the bank was prepared to respond with "all available tools" if euro zone inflation dropped further.

  • *Bullish Wall Street give Asia shares lift. TOKYO, Aug 28- Asian stocks crept up early on Thursday following another steady performance by Wall Street shares which hovered near record highs, while the euro clung to modest gains after rebounding from 13- month lows. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.1 percent.

  • DIARY -Top Economic Events to Sep 10 Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    LUGANO, Switzerland- Swiss National Bank Vice President Jean-Pierre Danthine speaks at the UBS Session: The Role of Finance in Society- 1130 GMT. LJUBLJANA- Bled Strategic Forum 2014 in Slovenia.

  • BEIJING, Aug 28- Masayoshi Son's nose for an investment has turned a $20 million start-up punt on Alibaba into a stake worth maybe $50 billion or more as the Chinese e-commerce giant co-founded and led by Jack Ma heads to what could be the biggest U.S. tech IPO of all time.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 27- The euro rebounded from a 13- month low on Wednesday after a report suggested the European Central Bank might not introduce more stimulus next week while major U.S. stock indexes were little changed, with the S&P 500 clinging near the 2,000 milestone.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 27- The euro rebounded from a 13- month low on Wednesday after a report suggested the European Central Bank might not introduce more stimulus next week while major U.S. stock indexes were little changed, with the S&P 500 hovering just above the 2,000 milestone.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 27- Major U.S. stock indexes rose on Wednesday with the Standard& Poor's 500 holding around the 2,000 milestone, while bets the European Central Bank is on the brink of injecting more stimulus knocked the region's government bond yields to record lows.

  • Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD, wires intact Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:40 AM ET

    TOKYO— At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition. It's better than the original, said Toshifumi Shimizu of Tokyo Laboratory Co., the studio that undertook the painstaking effort.

  • Japan lab unable to replicate stem cell results Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:28 AM ET

    TOKYO— The Japanese laboratory that retracted a paper reporting a potentially major breakthrough in stem cell research said Wednesday its researchers have not managed to replicate the results.

  • Asia's old communities vanishing amid rapid growth Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 3:17 AM ET

    BANGKOK— Century-old shop houses, twisting alleyways and temples scented with incense still pulsate with the pursuit of old trades and time-honored rituals of families who have lived in Bangkok's Chinatown for generations.

  • Stocks drift higher; S&P 500 holds on to 2,000 Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 1:06 AM ET

    Overall trading volume was about one-third below the recent average, reflecting an absence of major market-moving news and the approaching Labor Day holiday weekend. "Having achieved this 2,000 level, the market is simply taking a pause, catching its breath," said David Lebovitz, global market strategist at JPMorgan Chase.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Sep 6 Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Speakers:- Polish National Bank Governor Marek Belka, Bank of Finland Governor Erkki Liikanen and ECB Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny. ATHENS- French Former Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici is expected to meet Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis.

  • TOKYO, Aug 26- The Bank of Japan is likely to keep its bullish inflation outlook even as it cuts its economic growth forecast for this fiscal year in an October report, sources said, suggesting that the bank will not ease policy further at least until the end of 2014..