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  • *Takata could face more costs if car makers expand air bag recalls. TOKYO, July 18- Takata Corp said on Friday it would book a special loss of around 45 billion yen in the April-June quarter after several car makers recently recalled vehicles due to potential problems with its air bags.

  • SINGAPORE, July 18- Brent futures climbed above $108 a barrel on Friday, extending sharp overnight gains amid heightened geopolitical concerns after a Malaysian jetliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine.

  • Markets steady but Malaysia jet jitters remain Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 1:43 AM ET

    MUMBAI, India— Asian stock markets fell Friday, unnerved by a ratcheting up of global political tensions after a Malaysian jetliner was shot down over Ukraine and Israel launched a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip.

  • Double disasters taint Malaysia Airlines Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 12:53 AM ET

    Just four months earlier, a Malaysia Airlines jetliner carrying 239 people disappeared about an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur. Even before the Flight 370 mystery, state-owned Malaysia Airlines was in serious financial trouble.

  • JGBs steady as fresh debt supply offsets U.S. bond rise Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 11:28 PM ET

    TOKYO, July 18- Japanese government bond prices were little changed on Friday, rising early on an overnight surge in U.S. The Ministry of Finance offered 270 billion yen of five-year JGBs on Friday.

  • TOKYO, July 18- The yen hit a five-month high versus the euro on Friday and held some of its overnight gains against the dollar as investors saw the currency as a safe haven after the downing of an airliner over Ukraine and the Gaza conflict stoked geopolitical tension. The Malaysian Airlines passenger jet was brought down over eastern Ukraine.

  • SEOUL, July 18- Line Corp, a Japan- based social messaging service firm, has filed for an initial public offering in the United States, Bloomberg news reported on Friday, citing unidentified sources. Line's parent company, South Korea's Naver Corp, said on Wednesday that Line had filed for an initial public offering in Tokyo.

  • Messaging app firm Line Corp filed for US IPO -report Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 8:37 PM ET

    SEOUL, July 18- Japan- based social messaging service firm Line Corp has filed for an initial public offering in the United States, Bloomberg news reported on Friday, citing unidentified sources. Line's parent company, South Korea's Naver Corp, said on Wednesday that Line had filed for an initial public offering in Tokyo.

  • TOKYO, July 18- Asian shares sagged in early trading and a drop in Treasury yields pressured the dollar after news of a downed Malaysian airlines jet at the Ukraine- Russia border sent investors scurrying into defensive assets.

  • TOKYO, July 18- The yen marched to a five-month high versus the euro and rallied against the dollar on Friday, as news of a Malaysian airliner being downed over Ukraine and escalating conflict in Gaza boosted the safe-haven currency.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to July 31 Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    PARIS- IMF chief Christine Lagarde and Germany Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble take part in a debate on the future of the euro zone at a conference in Paris- 0900 GMT.

  • TOKYO, July 18- Diplomatic tensions with China and South Korea are hurting business for a third of Japanese firms, a Reuters poll found, with executives citing a drop-off in sales and difficulties in making deals work.

  • NEW YORK, July 17- Russia's rouble tumbled against the dollar on Thursday, but the greenback eased amid a global scramble to defensive assets by investors spooked by news a Malaysian passenger jet had been brought own in Ukrainian airspace.

  • FOREX-Dollar mixed, anxiety buying lifts yen vs euro Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    *Risk-off flows spurred by Russia sanctions. NEW YORK, July 17- The dollar was mixed on Thursday, hurt by falling Treasuries yields, while the yen was lifted to a five-month high against the euro by anxious investors repositioning after the West imposed more sanctions on Russia.

  • Japan approves joint missile study, export to US Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 9:39 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan has approved the export of a locally-made component for a missile defense system to the U.S. and is launching joint research with Britain on air-to-air missile technology for fighter jets.

  • TOKYO, July 17- Nissan Motor Co Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn raised doubts over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's call to appoint women to 30 percent of top jobs by 2020, saying rushing to meet such a target could set the firm and its staff up for failure.

  • Japan wary as US, Europe up sanctions on Russia Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 4:15 AM ET

    TOKYO— For Japan, the ramping up of sanctions by the West against Russia can be summed up in a familiar phrase: It's complicated. The tug-of-war over Ukraine threatens to derail Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's moves toward rapprochement with Russia.

  • LONDON, July 17- The yen hit a five-month high against the euro on Thursday on renewed safe-haven inflows as the West imposed further sanctions against Russia, which weighed on global risk sentiment.

  • Markets roiled by fresh US sanctions on Russia Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 4:03 AM ET

    The strong performance of Wall Street indexes is at odds with the modest growth prospects of the U.S. economy and the same contradiction also prevails in Europe and parts of Asia. In early European trading, Britain's FTSE 100 was down 0.4 percent to 6,759.68 and France's CAC 40 dipped 0.5 percent to 4,349.28.

  • FACTBOX-Carbon trading schemes around the world Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 3:12 AM ET

    July 17- The goal of a global carbon market to tackle climate change hit turbulence on Thursday when Australia scrapped its planned carbon trading scheme. Eight new carbon markets have opened since 2013 in countries including the world's top emitters China and the United States.