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  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, March 20,- Australia said on Friday there was a lot of merit in the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank while Japan's foreign minister signalled cautious approval of the institution that the United States has warned against. Japan, Australia and the South Korea, all major U.S. allies, are the notable regional absentees from the AIIB.

  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, March 20,- Japan signalled cautious approval of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on Friday and said for the first time that, if conditions were met, it could join the institution that the United States has warned against. Japan, Australia and the South Korea, all major U.S. allies, are the notable regional absentees from the AIIB.

  • TOKYO/ BILOXI, Mississippi, March 19- Japan's tax authorities have begun a review of how slot machine maker and casino developer Universal Entertainment accounted for $40 million in payments made in 2010 to an associate of the Philippines' top gambling regulator at that time, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. On Wednesday, Universal said in a...

  • BERLIN/ WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters)- The United States urged countries on Tuesday to think twice about signing up to a new China- led Asian development bank that Washington sees as a rival to the World Bank after Germany, France and Italy followed Britain in saying they would join. The concerted move by U.S. allies to participate in Beijing's flagship economic...

  • PARIS/ BEIJING, March 17- Germany, France and Italy said on Tuesday they had agreed to join a new China- led Asian investment bank after close ally Britain defied U.S. pressure to become a founder member of a venture seen in Washington as a rival to the World Bank. It comes amid prickly trade negotiations between Brussels and Washington, and at a time when EU and Asian...

  • SEOUL, March 17- A senior U.S. diplomat said it was up to individual countries to decide on joining a new China- led international development bank, as media reports said a growing number of close U.S. allies were ignoring Washington's pressure to stay out of the institution. France, Germany and Italy have agreed to follow Britain's lead and join the Asian...

  • MANILA/ JAKARTA, March 17- Nearly $40 billion a year piles into the Philippines, thanks to work its citizens do abroad or for outsourcing firms, but the windfall also brings pain through an overvalued currency and the risk of catching the "Dutch disease." In the Philippines, inflows from outsourcing contracts and millions of citizens working overseas lift incomes...

  • *China is world's second-biggest defence spender. *Aircraft carriers, submarines seen among China's priorities. BEIJING, March 4- China's defence budget this year will rise about 10 percent compared with 2014, a top government official said on Wednesday, outpacing the slowing economy as the country ramps up investment in high-tech equipment such as...

  • *China is world's second biggest defense spender. *Aircraft carriers, submarines seen among China's priorities. BEIJING, March 4- China's defense budget this year will rise about 10 percent compared with 2014, a top government official said on Wednesday, outpacing the slowing economy as the country ramps up investment in high-tech equipment such as...

  • *Gold back above $1,200, but below two-week high. March 3- Gold edged higher on Tuesday, recovering from early losses that pulled it briefly below $1,200 an ounce, as the dollar came off an 11- year peak against a basket of currencies. Gold fell the most in five months in February, with the Federal Reserve seen to be set to lift rates this year for the first time since 2006...

  • *Gold below $1,200, slips further from Monday's two-week high. March 3- Gold dropped for a second session on Tuesday, pulling further away from a two-week high as growing expectations for a U.S. interest rate hike kept the dollar near an 11- year peak against a basket of currencies. Spot gold fell nearly 1 percent to a session low of $1,194.90 an ounce and was trading...

  • SINGAPORE/ MANILA, March 2- More than three years after opening ultra-luxe nightclub Pangaea in Singapore's glitzy Marina Bay Sands, owner Michael Van Cleef Ault is now betting that Manila's casinos will be able to draw rich punters and partygoers through his doors. The increase in the number of wealthy Chinese gamblers fleeing Macau amid Beijing's...

  • Lower oil both blessing and curse for AirAsia Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 11:46 PM ET

    Lower oil prices usually boost airline profits, but for AirAsia, the drop pushed the carrier into the red as Malaysia's ringgit took a knock-on blow.

  • Philippines: No longer the 'sick man of Asia'?   Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 5:48 PM ET
    Philippines: No longer the 'sick man of Asia'?

    Jalil Rasheed, investment director at Invesco, likes the real estate and infrastructure sectors of the Philippines due to strong domestic consumption and political longevity.

  • Philippines: Watch out for this roadblock Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 6:10 PM ET
    A mural honoring overseas Filipino workers in Manila.

    Momentum in Asia's second-fastest growing economy may dwindle on warnings of a potential slowdown in a key growth driver: remittances.

  • METALS-London copper prices drift on Lunar New Year lull Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 8:43 PM ET

    MELBOURNE, Feb 19- London copper edged lower on Thursday, paring gains from a short-covering burst the session before, with trade subdued as many Asian nations celebrate Lunar New Year. Copper is expected to remain stuck in the $5,300- 5,800 range in place for the past month until Chinese buying activity ramps up in mid-March. *Other markets taking some holiday...

  • JAKARTA, Feb 18- They might be late to the party, but central banks in Southeast Asia are joining the global rush of easier policy, as deflationary pressures create room for them to prop up faltering growth without weakening defences against capital outflows. Indonesia surprised markets with a rate cut on Tuesday, and Singapore eased its policy in January.

  • Bet on casino stocks: Pro   Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 2:15 PM ET
    Bet on casino stocks: Pro

    Joseph Greff, JPMorgan, looks at MGM and whether casino stocks are worth betting on.

  • Shop til you drop? Why Philippine shares can climb Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 5:48 PM ET

    Philippine shares have charged higher over the past year, and some analysts expect the country's consumers can keep the good times rolling.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 18 Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    NAPLES, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart speaks on monetary policy and the economic outlook before the Southwest Florida Business Leaders Luncheon- 1745 GMT. ROME- Conference on European financial architecture and the EU banking union with EU Parliament representative Roberto Gualtieri, ECB Supervisory Council...