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  • TOKYO/ WASHINGTON, April 22- U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman arrived in Japan earlier than expected on Wednesday, Japanese media, for a last ditch push for a two-way deal seen as crucial to efforts to create one of the world's biggest trade pacts.

  • WASHINGTON/ TOKYO, April 22- A meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week in Tokyo may not seal one of the world's biggest trade pacts, but it could give it a much-needed boost.

  • HANOI, April 22- Prices for rice exports from Vietnam have risen 2-3 percent in the last few days as harvesting comes to an end and as two state-owned companies look set to win the Philippines' biggest order for the grain in three years.

  • *Setback for Kiev before four-way talks on Ukraine in Geneva. *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism". KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 16- S eparatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro- Moscow partisans.

  • *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism". KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 16- S eparatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro- Moscow partisans.

  • *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism". KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 16- S eparatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro- Moscow partisans.

  • *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism". KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 16- S eparatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro- Moscow partisans.

  • *Tension rises on eve of four-power talks on Ukraine in Geneva. *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism".

  • *Tension rises on eve of four-power talks on Ukraine in Geneva. *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism".

  • KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, April 16- Ukrainian forces tightened their grip on the eastern town of Kramatorsk on Wednesday after securing control over an airfield from pro-Russian separatist militiamen, prompting Russian President Vladimir Putin to warn of the risk of civil war.

  • Vietnam releases dissidents amid foreign pressure Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 1:14 AM ET

    HANOI, Vietnam— Vietnam has granted early release to two high-profile dissidents, bringing the number of democracy activists freed this month to three in what the government called a "policy of leniency." The unusual moves come as Hanoi is negotiating a free trade deal with the United States that is expected to help Vietnam's stumbling economy.

  • *Vietnam's output approaches 1 mln T this year. SINGAPORE/ HANOI, April 9- After years of massive expansion, tearing up forests and swallowing land in neighbouring countries to create rubber plantations, Vietnam is reaping what it sowed: a swelling of output that has made it the third-largest rubber producer.

  • *Manufacturers in price war for standard LED light bulbs. FRANKFURT, April 3- Lighting companies like Philips and Osram are scrambling to develop more advanced technology as a price war for LED bulbs threatens to eat into profits and bring on a period of low growth as the long-life bulbs become more common.

  • *Ten planes, nine ships resume hunt west of Perth. *Malaysia PM heading to Perth to visit search base. Malaysia on Tuesday released the full transcript of communications between the Boeing 777 and local air traffic control before it dropped from civilian radar in the early hours of March 8 as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

  • MANILA, March 26- The Philippines plans to import 800,000 tonnes of rice via a tender set for April 15, looking to bolster stockpiles for the second half of the year when little of the staple grain is harvested domestically, government officials said.

  • Flappy Bird will return to Apple's app store Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 1:51 PM ET
    Flappy Bird app game.

    The popular and addictive Flappy Bird will return to Apple's app store at some point, said the game's creator, the Hanoi-based Dong Nguyen.

  • *Beef smuggled from countries such as Brazil, India. SINGAPORE/ BEIJING, March 19- Sidestepping Beijing's import curbs, industry sources estimate hundreds of thousands of tonnes of beef from countries such as Brazil and India is being smuggled into China via neighbouring Hong Kong and Vietnam.

  • HANOI, March 17- The European Union will launch negotiations this week for an investment pact with Myanmar, the EU's top trade representative said on Monday, a deal aimed at giving European firms preferential access to one of Asia's final frontier markets.

  • TIMELINE-How Malaysia's Flight MH370 went missing Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    March 17- Here is a timeline of events in the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner which vanished from radar screens on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Saturday, March 8:. -0041: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 departs from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and is due to land in Beijing at 0630 the same day.

  • *Malaysian officials deny Wall Street Journal report. KUALA LUMPUR/ HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, March 13- M alaysian authorities said on Thursday there was no evidence that a jetliner missing for almost six days flew for hours after losing contact with air traffic controllers and continued to transmit technical data.

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