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  • *Companies struggling in China and much of Asia. April 1- Companies struggled in China and much of the rest of Asia in March, suggesting central banks may have to resort to more stimulus, just as factories in the euro zone begin to reap rewards from ultra-easy policy there. But three separate surveys of China's factory and services sectors released on Wednesday...

  • April 1- Companies struggled in China and much of the rest of Asia in March amid persistently weak domestic and global demand, suggesting that policymakers may have to resort to more stimulus to spur growth. The official Purchasing Managers' Index ticked up to 50.1 in March from 49.9 in February, but a separate private survey from HSBC which focuses on small and...

  • SEOUL, April 1- South Korean exports fell the most in two years in March and inflation hit its lowest since 1999, weakening economic momentum and putting the central bank under pressure to cut interest rates again. "South Korea's economy needs both consumption and exports to escape this rut, and exports are more important out of the two," said Im No-jung, chief...

  • By Rahul Karunakar and Hari Kishan. March 31- Uncertainty surrounding the timing of the U.S. Chinese and most European stocks have led the way with a stellar run, buoyed by stimulus from the People's Bank of China and the European Central Bank.

  • *Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei shares to rise through 2015. BENGALURU, March 31- Shares in China and other East Asian markets will extend their rally this year, buoyed by additional policy easing expected from Beijing and other regional central banks, a Reuters poll showed. "mainland government has shown a clear attitude in supporting the stock market as it is a...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea chose a state-run aircraft maker on Monday as the sole preferred bidder for a contract to develop a midlevel fighter jet with the help of Lockheed Martin Corp. in the country's biggest-ever weapons development project. The deal worth $7.8 billion is only for system development and the production of prototype jets by 2025. South...

  • BANGKOK— Thailand is facing bans on new international flights and increased inspections after the International Civil Aviation Organization flagged significant concerns about the country's aviation safety, officials said Friday. Japan has blocked new flights from Thailand following the ICAO decision and South Korea is considering similar measures,...

  • SEJONG, South Korea/ SEOUL, March 27- South Korea hopes its infrastructure companies will benefit from the country joining the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the finance ministry said on Friday. China has set March 31 as the deadline for joining the bank as a founder member, which will be capitalized at an initial $50 billion to provide...

  • SEJONG, South Korea/ SEOUL, March 27- South Korea hopes its infrastructure companies will benefit from the country joining the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the finance ministry said on Friday. China is South Korea's biggest trading partner and the two countries are set to sign a free trade agreement in the first half of this year.

  • *Iran denounces strikes, Russia calls for "immediate ceasefire". NEW YORK, March 26- Oil jumped about 5 percent on Thursday, the biggest daily gain in a month, as air strikes in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies sparked fears that escalation of the Middle East battle could disrupt world crude supplies. The Saudi military operation against the Iran- backed...

  • *Iran denounces strikes, Russia calls for "immediate ceasefire". NEW YORK, March 26- Oil jumped about 5 percent on Thursday, rallying a second straight day, after air strikes in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies sparked fears of a bigger Middle East battle that could disrupt world crude supplies. Pakistan, a Riyadh ally far away from the conflict, promised a "...

  • *Iran says halt "aggressions"; security up at Kuwait oil sites. NEW YORK, March 26- Oil prices rallied for a second straight day on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies began air strikes in Yemen, sparking fears of a bigger Middle East battle that could disrupt world crude supplies. The military operation against Houthi rebels, who have driven the...

  • March 26- Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday it had launched military operations in Yemen, carrying out air strikes in coordination with a 10- country coalition seeking to beat back Houthi militia forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the country's president had taken refuge. The crisis risks spiraling into a proxy war with Shi'ite Iran backing...

  • UPDATE 1-Oil prices surge after Saudi air strikes in Yemen Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 10:19 PM ET

    *War-torn Yemen sits on the Gulf of Aden. *Tankers to Asia do not pass through Gulf of Aden. TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, March 26- Brent crude oil prices rose by more than a dollar in early Asian trading on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies began a military operation in Yemen, although Asian importers said they were not immediately worried about supply...

  • March 26- Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday it had launched military operations in Yemen, carrying out air strikes in coordination with a 10- country coalition seeking to beat back Houthi militia forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the country's president had taken refuge. The crisis risks spiraling into a proxy war with Shi'ite Iran backing...

  • DIARY-Emerging Markets Economic Events to April 6 Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    MAKATI CITY, Philippines- Asian Development Bank to release Asian Development Outlook Report 2015- 0130 GMT. MANILA- Philippines Investment Forum 2015. Philippines President Benigno S Aquino III, Philippines Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Philippines Central Bank Amando M Tetangco Jr are the key speakers. PRAGUE- Czech Republic Finance Minister...

  • 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 finance minister signaled 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,- 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.

  • Global stocks rebound after Wall Street slide Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 4:57 AM ET

    BEIJING— Stock markets in Asia and Europe were mostly higher Friday after a slide in oil prices drove a Wall Street decline. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, Germany's DAX added 0.4 percent to 11,950.11 points and France's CAC-40 rose 0.1 percent to 5,041.82. Benchmarks in Sydney, New Zealand and Singapore also rose.

  • 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.