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  • G20's new growth plans suspiciously long in the tooth Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:21 AM ET

    SYDNEY, Nov 18- As leaders of the world's 20 most powerful nations congratulate themselves on plans to boost economic growth, a closer look at their 800- plus policy proposals reveals a catalogue of measures that are either old, vague or unlikely to be implemented. Australia, the hosts of the Group of 20 meeting, claimed credit for a year-long effort to get members...

  • SYDNEY, Nov 18- London copper slipped on Tuesday from a two-week high marked in the previous session, hurt by concern over China's sluggish property sector, although expectations of more European monetary stimulus offered support. Still, metals have held up moderately well in the face of a downturn in oil and bulk commodities markets, which suggests some...

  • A day after shock data showing Japan slipping into recession had rattled financial markets, Japan's Nikkei rose 1.7 percent, erasing about a half of Monday's 3.0 percent fall. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to announce later in the day that he is calling a snap election, banking on the ruling Liberal Democrat Party trouncing a weak opposition to reaffirm...

  • Indian leader wants closer links with Australia Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 8:23 PM ET

    CANBERRA, Australia— Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called for a closer strategic partnership between India and Australia as well as a closer trading relationship, warning that peace in the Asia-Pacific region cannot be taken for granted. Modi said in a rare address to the Australian Parliament that few countries have as much synergy as...

  • CANBERRA, Nov 18- Australia and India will push for a free trade pact, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday during a rare state visit to Canberra by an Indian leader. Australia on Monday finalized a landmark free trade deal with China more than ten years in the making, significantly expanding ties between...

  • *Deals come as China, Australia sign landmark FTA. BEIJING, Nov 17- China is giving Australia more access to its capital markets and allowing it to clear yuan trades, measures that would boost Beijing's efforts to free Chinese financial markets and promote global usage of its renminbi currency. The agreements, which were announced by the Chinese central bank,...

  • *Russia media back him, say summit was calm. MOSCOW, Nov 17- It may have looked in the West like Russian President Vladimir Putin fled this weekend's G20 summit early with his tail between his legs after being berated over Ukraine. But it was a different story in Russia, where pliant media praised Putin for being courageous enough to "enter the lion's den", stand up to his...

  • TV anchor's fashion sense gets attention, finally Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 9:43 AM ET

    SYDNEY— The male co-host of an Australian TV program is finally getting some attention for his fashion sense. Karl Stefanovic wore the same blue suit every day for a year on Channel Nine's "Today" program. He told Australia's Fairfax Media that while no one asked about his suit, people regularly commented about and criticized the outfits worn by co-host Lisa...

  • G-20 and Australia had much riding on summit Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 9:29 AM ET

    CANBERRA, Australia— The relevance of the Group of 20 exclusive club of nations and Australia's place on the world stage had a lot riding on the outcome of the weekend G-20 leaders' summit in the Australian city of Brisbane. Mike Callaghan, G-20 Studies Center director at Sydney's Lowy Institute for International Policy, said Monday that if the G-20 fades away...

  • LONDON, Nov 17- Most base metals were steady or firmer on Monday, supported by forecasts for developing shortages, but news that Japan had slipped into recession capped the upside. "On a fundamental basis, we continue to think that metals with deficits will still be able to outperform," said Nicholas Snowdon, metals analyst at Standard Chartered in London.

  • CANBERRA, Nov 17- Australia sealed a landmark free trade agreement with its top trade partner China on Monday, concluding a decade of negotiations. Once the framework of the deal signed by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Canberra is fully implemented, 95 percent of Australia's exports to China will be tariff free.

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, Nov 17- International buyers snapped up Chinese stocks on Monday at the debut of an exchange link that allows Hong Kong and Shanghai investors to trade shares on each other's bourses, a major step towards opening China's tightly controlled capital markets. Northbound trade- investors with Hong Kong accounts buying mainland shares- far...

  • *Deals come as China, Australia sign landmark FTA. BEIJING, Nov 17- China is giving Australia more access to its capital markets and allowing it to clear yuan trades, measures that would boost Beijing's efforts to free Chinese financial markets and promote global usage of its renminbi currency. The agreements, which were announced by the Chinese central bank,...

  • CANBERRA, Nov 17- China and Australia on Monday sealed a landmark free trade agreement more than a decade in the making, significantly expanding ties between the world's second largest economy and one of Washington's closest allies in Asia. The deal, which Australia called the best ever between Beijing and a Western country, will open up Chinese markets to...

  • China and Australia sign free-trade deal Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:57 AM ET

    CANBERRA, Australia— China and Australia signed a preliminary free-trade deal on Monday that would give Australia's service industry unsurpassed access to the Chinese market and Australian agriculture advantages over competitors from the United States, Canada and the European Union, officials said. Xi earlier told Australia's Parliament that China was...

  • SYDNEY, Nov 17- London copper slipped from its highest level in a fortnight on Monday as news that Japan had surprisingly fallen into recession tainted previously buoyant sentiment following a slew of improving economic signals from the United States. Japan's economy unexpectedly slipped into recession in the third quarter, setting the stage for Prime...

  • CANBERRA, Nov 17- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the free trade deal agreed with China on Monday was the most comprehensive that China had concluded with any country.

  • CANBERRA, Nov 17- China and Australia on Monday signed a declaration of intent on a landmark free trade deal more than a decade in the making, opening up markets worth billions to Australia and loosening restrictions on Chinese investment. China is already Australia's top trading partner, with two-way trade of around A $150 billion in 2013..

  • Japan slides into recession as tax hike takes toll Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 12:17 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan's economy unexpectedly slipped back into recession as housing and business investment dropped following a sales tax hike, hobbling its ability to help drive the global recovery. The news cast a pall over financial markets: Japan's share benchmark fell 3 percent, and many others in Asia also declined. "GDP for July-September wasn't good,...

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, Nov 17- International buyers snapped up Chinese stocks on Monday at the debut of an exchange link that allows Hong Kong and Shanghai investors to trade shares on each other's bourses, a major step towards opening China's tightly controlled capital markets. Shares in both Shanghai and Hong Kong opened around 1 percent higher but quickly gave...