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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • *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.

  • Samsung battles on two fronts as Apple readies iPhone 6 Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 4:23 AM ET

    SEOUL, July 16- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is losing smartphone ground not only to cheaper Chinese rivals but also at the high end to Apple Inc, a survey showed, in an ominous sign for the South Korean giant as Apple readies to launch its next-generation iPhone 6..

  • China growth pickup reassuring but no game changer Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 4:08 AM ET

    A pickup in China's growth has fortified confidence the world's second-biggest economy will avoid a precipitous slowdown as the past decade's explosive growth decelerates to the 7 percent range. China's economic transformation since the 1980 s has relied heavily on industrial investment and exports but those engines have run out of momentum.

  • Asian stock markets make mild gains Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    TOKYO— Asian stock markets were lukewarm Wednesday after China met expectations of solid but unspectacular growth in the second quarter. Other Asian stock markets were mostly higher, including shares in Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.

  • Naver says Line messenger app mulls IPO Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 12:46 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Naver Corp. said its subsidiary Line Corp. that operates a popular mobile messaging app is considering listing its shares in Tokyo or New York. Naver, South Korea's largest Internet company, said Wednesday that Line could sell shares in an initial public offering in both Japan and the U.S.

  • S.Korea delays lifting ban on beef with feed additive Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 11:04 PM ET

    SEOUL, July 16- South Korea has delayed a move to allow certain levels of the animal feed additive zilpaterol in beef to August from mid-July as it finalizes the policy, a food ministry official said on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, July 14- Stock markets in Europe and Asia rose on Monday as investors put aside concern about euro zone banks and looked forward to corporate earnings and a raft of global economic events, including testimony from the head of the U.S.