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  • Asia stocks rise in abbreviated trading Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 5:11 AM ET

    Markets in Europe, the U.S. and many countries in Asia were closed for the holiday. On Thursday, global stocks were subdued after Google and IBM reported weak results, even though General Electric was optimistic and Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley beat expectations.

  • Korean Air A380 hits 2 light poles at LA airport Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 5:01 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— An Airbus A380 superjumbo jet hit two light poles while taxiing to its gate at Los Angeles International Airport with hundreds of passengers aboard.

  • Transcript shows ferry captain delayed evacuation Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    MOKPO, South Korea— An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday.

  • *Google and IBM fall after hours as earnings disappoint. However, disappointing results from Google and IBM knocked their shares lower after the bell and could crimp technology stocks in the region. Other markets fared better with shares in Seoul up 0.4 percent and MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan adding 0.2 percent.

  • SEOUL, April 16- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's new Galaxy S5 smartphone should outsell its predecessor and defy predictions that the South Korean titan's latest model will struggle in a tough market for high-end handsets, a top executive said.

  • Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 12:26 AM ET

    MOKPO, South Korea— Koo Bon- hee could see the exit. But 290 of the 475 people aboard— many of them high school students on a class trip— were still missing after the ferry sank Wednesday off the southern coast of South Korea.

  • US declines to name China a currency manipulator Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 6:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration is raising concern about the value of China's currency but is declining, as in recent years, to accuse Beijing of manipulating it. The Treasury Department said China's currency, the renminbi, has appreciated but not as fast or as much as needed.

  • Reuters Business News Schedule at 1230 GMT/08.30AM ET Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 8:38 AM ET

    Europe's banks prepare for ECB tests with new provisions. LONDON- The tens of billions of euros euro zone banks set aside for loan losses in their latest annual accounts may have substantially reduced the chance of institutions failing ECB stress tests in the next few months.

  • *Twitter executives in talks in Ankara. *Official says Twitter earns $35 million in Turkey. ISTANBUL, April 14- Turkey urged executives from Twitter to open an office and start paying Turkish tax on Monday in the first direct talks since a two-week ban imposed on the site as the government battled a corruption scandal.

  • Asian stock markets boosted by US data, earnings Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 4:58 AM ET

    Oil rose above $104 per barrel amid renewed tensions between Ukraine and Russia. In early European trading Germany's DAX fell 0.5 percent to 9,275.98 and France's CAC-40 shed 0.1 percent to 4,361.36. Britain's FTSE 100 dropped 0.5 percent to 6,530.90.

  • Uber meets local lookalikes in Asia taxi-app wars Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 3:31 AM ET

    MUMBAI, India— Riding on its startup success and flush with fresh capital, taxi-hailing smartphone app Uber is making a big push into Asia. Malaysia- based GrabTaxi operates in five Southeast Asian countries and recently announced more than $10 million in new investment.

  • Asian stocks decline after US losses Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 11:54 PM ET

    Oil rose above $104 per barrel amid renewed tensions between Ukraine and Russia. China's benchmark Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.4 percent to 2,122.38 and the regional heavyweight, Tokyo's Nikkei 225, shed 0.1 percent to 13,944.43. Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.1 percent to 22,980.27 and Taiwan's Taiex lost 0.5 percent to 8,867.20.

  • Fliers' thoughts, from 'no fear' to 'it's scarier' Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 1:50 AM ET

    "I never worried like this before what happened with the missing Malaysia Airlines plane," Yulveri, who like many Indonesians uses only a single name, said at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

  • Tech sell-off roils global markets Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 12:19 AM ET

    European markets opened weaker, with Britain's FTSE 100 losing 1 percent to 6,575.83. Germany's DAX fell 1.2 percent to 9,338.48 and France's CAC-40 shed 1 percent to 4,369.26.

  • SEOUL, April 10- South Korea's central bank held interest rates steady for an 11th consecutive month, as expected, at the new governor's debut policy meeting, with markets pricing in rates being raised from late 2014..

  • SEOUL, April 9- As the smartphone action shifts to the mass market, leaders Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc are under pressure to make their high-end phones more affordable to revive sales.

  • Asian stocks mixed after tech tumble, strong yen Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 1:42 AM ET

    LONDON— The sell-off in global markets dragged into Tuesday following another Nasdaq-inspired retreat on Wall Street and as investors fretted over the rise in tensions in eastern Ukraine.

  • Samsung's profit falls as smartphones get cheaper Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 8:00 PM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Declining smartphone prices hit profit at Samsung Electronics Co. for a second straight quarter. The average price of a Samsung smartphone this year will likely be $275, down 9 percent from 2013, according to Chung Chang- won, an analyst at Nomura Financial Investment.

  • Australia, Japan agree on free trade deal Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 2:10 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan and Australia have agreed on a free trade deal that both sides say will yield windfalls for their economies. The deal calls for Japan to gradually phase out its nearly 40 percent tariffs on Australian exports of beef.

  • Australian PM in Japan, hoping to reach trade deal Sunday, 6 Apr 2014 | 10:43 PM ET

    TOKYO— Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is leading a business mission of some 600 people to Tokyo, where he hopes to reach a free trade agreement during a summit with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe. Japan is Australia's second-biggest trading partner after China and a major customer for its beef and other farm goods.

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