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  • *Tech stocks boosted by Apple, Facebook hits record high. The news injected some life into what had been a very sluggish session, and helped China's CSI300 index of leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share jump 1.1 percent. Japan's Nikkei added 0.2 percent while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.3 percent.

  • South Korea unveils stimulus after ferry sinking Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 9:31 PM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea's government unveiled stimulus plans Thursday after the shock of a deadly ferry sinking slowed economic growth to the lowest level in three quarters. In announcing the stimulus, the ministry lowered its forecast for South Korea's economic growth this year to 3.7 percent from 3.9 percent.

  • SEJONG, South Korea, July 24- South Korea unveiled stimulus measures on Thursday to prop up slowing economic growth, including plans to boost public spending by some $11 billion and ease mortgage borrowing rules.

  • *Tech stocks boosted by Apple, Facebook hits record high. SYDNEY, July 24- Asian stocks inched higher on Thursday, encouraged by upbeat corporate results and a record close on Wall Street, while unrest in the Middle East and Ukraine underpinned demand for high-rated bonds. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up a slim 0.09 percent.

  • German city Hamburg seeks to ban Uber ride service Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    HAMBURG/ FRANKFURT, July 23- Hamburg has told Uber, a U.S. car service whose smartphone app summons rides at the touch of a button, to stop operating in the German city, adding to resistance the company has faced globally from local regulators and taxi drivers.

  • Ultra high definition TVs boost LG Display profit Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— LG Display Co. said profit for the April-June quarter more than doubled as a stronger won reduced the value of its foreign debt and the World Cup boosted demand for ultra-high-definition TVs. The South Korean display panel maker said Wednesday its net income reached 256 billion won, compared with 105 billion won a year earlier.

  • Global stocks bolstered by US earnings, home sales Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:45 AM ET

    Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 0.8 percent to 23,962.98 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.6 percent to 5,575.10 helped by the brisk output report by mining giant BHP Billiton.

  • Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots following last week's downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine.

  • This fragmentation is mirrored in the first-half import picture from China, the world's largest user of industrial metals and raw materials. A couple of years ago it was customary to view China's metals trade as a proxy for the health, or otherwise, of the country's manufacturing economy.

  • Seoul, South Korea seeks to ban Uber Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 12:55 PM ET
    A sign on a taxi in Seoul, South Korea.

    The government of Seoul, South Korea said Monday it would seek to ban ride-sharing app Uber, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

  • Asia shares rise as Ukraine plane tensions ease Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 12:04 AM ET

    BEIJING— World stock markets remained on the back foot Monday as tensions grew between Russia and the West over the downing of an airliner in eastern Ukraine.

  • *Qantas, British Airways among airlines to avoid Ukraine. SYDNEY, July 18- Qantas Airways and several other airlines altered their flight paths some time ago to avoid Ukrainian air space after fighting flared up in the region, raising questions about why others did not do the same.

  • *Qantas, Air Berlin among airlines to shift route ahead of crash. SYDNEY, July 18- Airlines including Qantas Airways and Air Berlin altered their flight paths months ago to avoid Ukrainian air space after fighting flared up in the region, raising questions about why others did not do the same.

  • SEOUL, July 18- South Korea will scrap caps on rice imports from 2015, potentially opening up the politically sensitive market to more imports from countries such as the United States and China, in a move that has been fiercely resisted by many farmers. Seoul said steep tariffs would be used to protect its farmers.

  • *South Korea has long been expected to switch to tariffs. SEOUL, July 18- South Korea will scrap caps on rice imports from the start of 2015, instead managing shipments into the country using a system of steep tariffs, the government said on Friday.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • FACTBOX-Top 5 deadliest attacks on commercial airliners Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 4:48 PM ET

    LONDON, July 17- A Malaysian airliner was brought down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro- Moscow rebels in which Russia and the West back opposing sides.

  • *South Korea long been expected to switch to tariffs. SEOUL, July 17- South Korea will on Friday announce plans to scrap caps on rice imports from the start of 2015, instead managing shipments into the country using a system of steep tariffs, domestic media outlets including the Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday.

  • *IPO process kicked off with initial Tokyo application. TOKYO/ SEOUL, July 16- Tokyo may struggle to get a piece of a listing that could value Japan's social messaging service Line Corp at up to $20 billion, with bankers saying New York is a more likely venue as a base for global expansion to build on explosive growth at home.