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  • PARIS, Sept 15- Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn is preparing to cut battery manufacturing, people familiar with the matter said, in a new reversal on electric cars that has reopened deep divisions with alliance partner Renault.

  • Asian stocks tumble on disappointing China data Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 11:30 PM ET

    KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng sank 0.8 percent to 24,392.86 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.6 percent to 5,496.20. China's Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.3 percent to 2,326.06. Singapore, Seoul, Jakarta and Taipei also fell.

  • Samsung accuses LG execs of damaging its products Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 6:37 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Samsung Electronics Co. has accused senior executives of domestic rival LG Electronics Inc. of intentionally vandalizing its washing machines at retail stores in Germany and has asked for an official investigation.

  • SEOUL, Sept 11- South Korea on Thursday proposed a tax hike as early as next year that would nearly double cigarette prices as the government tries to reduce one of the world's highest smoking rates among adult males. The proposal, which needs to be approved by parliament, sent shares in dominant tobacco maker, government-backed KT&G Corp, down more than 5 percent.

  • SEOUL, Sept 11- A cap on carbon dioxide emissions that South Korea expects to introduce as part of a carbon trading scheme will be around 3 percent larger than previously touted over the next three years, the government said on Thursday.

  • Asia stocks muted; Tokyo rises as yen extends fall Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 1:16 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks were mixed Thursday afternoon as investors mulled the outlook for interest rates, the latest sanctions against Russia and volatile energy prices. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard& Poor's 500 index rose a point, or less than 0.1 percent, to 1,996 as of 3:47 p.m. Eastern.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 9- U.S. crude futures rose above $93 a barrel on Tuesday, after falling for the past three sessions, amid hopes for a drop in inventories in the world's top oil consumer while fear of OPEC output cuts also underpinned prices. *U.S. crude was up 43 cents at $93.09 by 0119 GMT, after closing down 63 cents at $92.66 a barrel on Monday.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 5- The U.S. government hopes to hammer out an agreement with South Korea by the end of the year for the U.S. unit of Britain's BAE Systems Plc to carry out $1 billion- plus of upgrades to more than 130 F-16 fighter jets, sources familiar with the discussions said this week.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks, euro dip ahead of ECB meeting Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 4:32 AM ET

    *MSCI ex-Japan Asia shares retreat from 7- year high. LONDON, Sept 4- A month-long march higher for European and Asian stock markets stalled on Thursday on concerns the European Central Bank will do nothing immediate at its meeting later in the day to address a deteriorating economic outlook.

  • *Samsung Electronics up as rival Apple hit by security concerns. TOKYO, Sept 4- Asian shares steadied near seven-year highs on Thursday, underpinned by hopes of a ceasefire in Ukraine, though a cautious mood prevailed for now ahead of the European Central Bank's meeting.

  • *Apple seen launching first large-screen phones next week. BERLIN, Sept 3- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the world's biggest mobile phone maker, unveiled new versions of its Galaxy Note smartphone on Wednesday after previous design miscues cost it customers in the large-screen phone market it pioneered.

  • Asia stocks drift, Samsung gains on Edge launch Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 2:16 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The relief that greeted reports of a possible cease fire in Ukraine faded on Wall Street, as a slide in Apple and other technology stocks tugged the U.S. stock market to a small loss Wednesday. News that that Russia and Ukraine were close to reaching a cease-fire agreement rippled through markets early, lifting stocks in Europe and pushing up oil prices.

  • MUMBAI, Sept 3- Google Inc's partnership with three Indian phone makers is set to rev up fast-growing demand for lower priced smartphones, and spell more trouble for Samsung Electronics which is rapidly losing share in emerging markets.

  • WASHINGTON/ SEOUL, Sept 1- Washington is facing growing international pressure to ease its long standing ban on crude oil exports, with South Korea and Mexico joining the European Union in pressing the case for U.S. oil shipments overseas.

  • SEOUL, Sept 2- South Korea has delayed a proposed tax on vehicle carbon emissions by over five years to the end of 2020, amid pressure from domestic and U.S. car makers who fear the levy would curb sales.

  • WASHINGTON/ SEOUL, Sept 1- Washington is facing growing international pressure to ease its long standing ban on crude oil exports, with South Korea and Mexico joining the European Union in pressing the case for U.S. oil shipments overseas.

  • *China slowdown a major drag on South Korean exports. SEOUL, Sept 1- Exports by trade powerhouse South Korea fell slightly in August on weaker demand from China, data showed on Monday, underscoring a tentative recovery for Asia's fourth-largest economy and leaving the door open for another rate cut before year-end.

  • Searching for the next Apple? Citi says look East Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 9:14 AM ET
    A LG G Flex phone with a curved screen

    Investors who missed out on Apple’s turnaround should eye Japan and Korea’s low-valued, “cash-hoarding” companies, say analysts at Citi.

  • BEIJING/ SEOUL, Aug 28- A China- based supplier for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Lenovo Group Ltd said on Thursday it had never hired child laborers, denying allegations by a U.S.-based activist group.

  • NAGOYA, Japan/ TOKYO, Aug 24- When a Japanese carmaker issued a tender for shock absorbers a few years ago for a model it planned to sell in Indonesia, two suppliers came back with bids that were "so obviously coordinated," said an executive at the automaker.