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  • Reuters Business News Schedule at 0430 GMT/12.30AM ET Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 12:30 AM ET

    Japan firms fail to shake off tax-hike gloom, blunting economic rebound. TOKYO- Big Japanese manufacturers were slightly more optimistic in the third quarter but service-sector sentiment worsened, a central bank survey shows, adding to signs that a solid economic pickup will remain elusive without another burst of stimulus.

  • S. Korean ship runs aground, everyone rescued Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 10:08 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— A South Korean cruise ship ran aground off the southwestern coast Tuesday but all of the 109 people aboard the vessel have been rescued, coast guard officers said. The incident came as South Korea is still struggling to deal with the aftermath of April's ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing.

  • *1st export of Alaskan crude to South Korea in more than a decade. NEW YORK/ SEOUL, Sept 30- The first U.S. export of Alaskan crude to South Korea in more than a decade set sail at the weekend, according to a company source and shipping data, marking another milestone as booming shale oil output forces domestic drillers to seek new customers.

  • Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street decline Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    BANGKOK— Asian stocks were mostly lower Tuesday after Wall Street's losses overnight and pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a major financial center, added to worries about political risk. Sydney's S&P ASX 200 gained 0.2 percent to 5,275.60 while Seoul, Taipei, Singapore and New Zealand declined.

  • *1st export of Alaskan crude to South Korea in more than a decade. NEW YORK/ SEOUL, Sept 30- The first U.S. export of Alaskan crude to South Korea in more than a decade set sail at the weekend, according to a company source and shipping data, marking another milestone as booming shale oil output forces domestic drillers to seek new customers.

  • *HSBC manufacturing survey disappoints, but exports improve. SYDNEY, Sept 30- Asian markets were in hesitant mood on Tuesday as investors wondered what China's response would be to civil unrest in Hong Kong, while the U.S. dollar was on track to post its biggest monthly gain in well over a year.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 30- Asian markets were in hesitant mood on Tuesday as investors wondered what China's response would be to civil unrest in Hong Kong, while the U.S. dollar was on track to post its biggest monthly gain in well over a year.

  • *Also tapping oil suppliers in Africa, Europe and Russia. SEOUL, Sept 29- South Korean refiners faced with weak margins want to cut costs by diversifying away from their traditional crude suppliers in the Middle East, and U.S. condensate could be an attractive option now that a long-standing U.S. export ban has been eased.

  • TOKYO, Sept 29- The dollar hit a four-year peak against a basket of currencies in early Asian trade on Monday, bolstering Japanese shares, but other Asian shares shrugged off Friday's Wall Street rebound in the face of political unrest in Hong Kong. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.4 percent, hitting a 20- week low.

  • *Hyundai Motor to pay 55 pct of land price. SEOUL, Sept 26- Hyundai Motor Co and its two affiliates approved Asia's biggest property deal since the financial crisis on Friday when their board members agreed to pay 10.55 trillion won for a trophy plot of land to house a new headquarters in downtown Seoul.

  • SEOUL, Sept 26- Hyundai Motor's labour union in South Korea decided to extend a partial strike over wages to next week, a union spokesman said on Friday, angered by the $10 billion bid to buy a plot of land in Seoul. The union will stage a partial strike from Monday through Thursday, he said.

  • SEOUL, Sept 26- The boards of Hyundai Motor Co and two affiliates on Friday approved a 10.55 trillion won purchase of a plot of land in Seoul, the companies said, sealing a deal worth more than triple the property's appraised amount.

  • SEOUL, Sept 26- The boards of Hyundai Motor Co and two affiliates on Friday approved the signing of their 10.55 trillion won deal to buy a plot of land in Seoul valued at about a third of that amount, the companies said.

  • American seeks to fly between Dallas and Beijing Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    FORT WORTH, Texas— American Airlines wants to expand service to Asia with nonstop flights between Dallas and Beijing starting next summer. It already flies from its DFW hub to Hong Kong; Shanghai; Tokyo; and Seoul, South Korea. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. fell $1, or 2.8 percent, to $35.12 in afternoon trading.

  • *Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul shares expected to rise. BANGALORE, Sept 25- Stock markets in China and other parts of East Asia are set to rally over the next year as prices remain relatively cheap compared with U.S. and European shares, though the pace of rising U.S. interest rates may cap gains, Reuters polls showed.

  • Hyundai workers strike to protest $10B land deal Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 1:28 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Thousands of Hyundai Motor Co. workers are striking to protest the South Korean automaker's decision to spend $10 billion on land for a new headquarters while wage negotiations remain stalled, a union said Thursday.

  • SEOUL, Sept 24- South Korea will sign a deal this month to buy 40 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets for about 7.34 trillion won for delivery in 2018-2021, two people with knowledge of the transaction told Reuters on Wednesday.

  • *Nanoco shares rise more than 27 pct. Sept 24- Nanoco Group Plc said commercial production of quantum dots, used to make vibrant screen displays, is expected to begin in the first half of next year at a plant in South Korea being built by its partner, Dow Chemical Co..

  • South Korea to buy 40 F-35A fighter jets Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 6:29 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea will buy 40 F-35A fighter jets from Lockheed Martin for about $7 billion in the country's biggest-ever weapons purchase aimed at coping with North Korea's military threats, officials said Wednesday.

  • Samsung to launch new phone in China before Apple Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 2:53 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday its latest Galaxy Note 4 smartphone will go on sale in China and South Korea later this month as its flagging mobile business tries to defend sales from Apple's new iPhones. Apple's iPhone 6 has yet to arrive in China, the world's most populous country.