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  • Business Highlights Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    Bank of America settlement likely to benefit few. WASHINGTON— Bank of America's record $16.65 billion settlement for its role in selling shoddy mortgage bonds— $7 billion of it geared for consumer relief— offers a glint of hope for desperate homeowners. NEW YORK— To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 22- Asia petrochemicals firms are building tanks and retooling plants to store and process liquefied petroleum gas imported from the United States, counting on a flood of supply from the shale boom to replace costlier naphtha as a raw material.

  • NKorea launch pad expansion 'nearing completion' Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 4:49 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Construction to upgrade North Korea's main rocket launch pad should be complete by this fall, allowing Pyongyang to conduct a launch by year's end if it decides to do so, a U.S. research institute said Thursday.

  • Noodles: Friend or foe? S. Koreans defend diet Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 2:45 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Kim Min- koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts— in the noodles. Instant noodles carry a broke college student aura in America, but they are an essential, even passionate, part of life for many in South Korea and across Asia.

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to Sep 3 Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    Aug 21- For other related diaries, please. NEW DELHI- Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will attend a banking event in New Delhi. NEW DELHI- RBI Deputy Governor Rama Subramaniam Gandhi will participate in a panel discussion on G20- 0830 GMT.

  • Asia stocks make slight gains, await Yellen speech Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 0.1 percent at 25,154.62 while Japan's Nikkei 225 was little changed at 15,441.70. Taiwan's Taiex rose 0.4 percent to 9,278.81 while Seoul's Kospi shed 0.1 percent to 2,068.73.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 19- Uber has enlisted David Plouffe, President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign manager, to devise and run its global political and branding strategy, as the fast-expanding car rides-on-demand startup runs into stiff resistance in some cities.

  • LONDON, Aug 15- The bears are massing in the London copper market. On the London Metal Exchange benchmark three-month metal has this week tumbled out of its tight $6,950- 7,200 per tonne range to hit a two-month low of $6,821 on Thursday.

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 15- China will expand a scheme to speed up tax refunds for companies that export via a Shanghai port, the government said on Thursday, as it looks to boost the city's role as an international shipping centre.

  • Ebola toll much higher than first thought: WHO Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 8:13 PM ET

    Staff with the World Health Organization battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak.

  • *Guinea declares health emergency over virus. CONAKRY, Aug 14- Staff with the World Health Organization battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak, the U.N. agency said on its website on Thursday.

  • *US orders embassy family members to leave Sierra Leone. An estimated 377 people have died in Guinea since the world's worst outbreak of Ebola began in March in remote parts of a border region near Sierra Leone and Liberia.

  • Guinea declares public health emergency over Ebola Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    CONAKRY, Aug 14- Guinea has declared a public health emergency over an Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,000 people in three West African states and is sending health workers to all affected border points, a government official said.

  • Korean Air to halt Kenya flights Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 5:10 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Korean Air Lines Co. said Thursday it will suspend flights to and from Kenya in what it says is a measure to prevent the spread of Ebola. Ebola has killed more than 1,000 people and sickened nearly 2,000 in its current West African outbreak that has hit Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

  • S. Korea cuts key rate for 1st time in 15 months Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 4:21 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea's central bank cut its key interest rate for the first time in 15 months on Thursday, providing support to an economy dragged down by the shock of a ferry sinking that killed hundreds of teenagers.

  • S. Korea cuts key rate for 1st time in 15 months Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 9:23 PM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea's central bank cut its key interest rate for the first time in 15 months on Thursday, providing support to an economy dragged down by the shock of a ferry sinking that killed hundreds of teenagers.

  • Asian stocks up on China inflation, Japan rebound Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | 11:24 PM ET

    BEIJING— Asia stocks rose Monday as subdued Chinese inflation, a rebound by Japanese markets and the latest easing of tensions over Ukraine helped offset unease about Iraq. China's Shanghai Composite Index rose 1 percent to 2,215.35 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 1.1 percent to 24,599.51.

  • INSIGHT-Samsung's next reinvention challenge: itself Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    SEOUL, Aug 7- As its smartphone sales stutter and a generational leadership succession looms, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is under pressure to reinvent itself- to be more innovative, but not lose the rigor and focus that made it a global powerhouse.

  • SEOUL/ SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 6- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc said they had agreed to drop all patent litigation outside the United States, scaling down a protracted legal battle between the smartphone rivals.

  • SEOUL, Aug 4- Three frenetic weeks into the job, South Korea's new finance minister Choi Kyung- hwan has made such a splash that his name already describes Seoul's plans to rev-up faltering growth. "He's certainly made a splash since he came into office," said Frederic Neumann, co-head of Asian economic research at HSBC in Hong Kong.