• Australian PM in Japan, hoping to reach trade deal Sunday, 6 Apr 2014 | 10:43 PM ET

    TOKYO— Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is leading a business mission of some 600 people to Tokyo, where he hopes to reach a free trade agreement during a summit with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe. Japan is Australia's second-biggest trading partner after China and a major customer for its beef and other farm goods.

  • UNITED NATIONS, April 4- North Korea said on Friday that the world would have to "wait and see" when asked for details of "a new form" of nuclear test it threatened to carry out after the United Nations Security Council condemned Pyongyang's recent ballistic missile launch. North Korea fired two medium-range Rodong ballistic missiles into the sea on March 26.

  • Markets unmoved by broadly in-line US jobs data Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 12:13 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— European stocks made modest gains Friday and Asian markets meandered as investors looked to the upcoming U.S. job report for a fresh trading cue. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.4 percent to 6,674.11 while Germany's DAX added 0.2 percent to 9,645.57. France's CAC 40 was also up 0.2 percent to 4,459.32.

  • WASHINGTON, April 3- The United States, Japan and South Korea will hold talks in Washington next week aimed at finding ways to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

  • SEOUL, April 3- South Korea should shift away from a quota system on rice imports to ease pressure from the World Trade Organisation to open its markets for the grain, agricultural industry and government officials in the country said on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON/ BEIJING, April 1- Manufacturing in Asia and Europe finished the first quarter on a weaker note but activity in the United States remained relatively steady, suggesting severe winter weather in North America had only a modest effect on U.S. factories.

  • LONDON/ BEIJING, April 1- Major economies in Asia and Europe finished the first quarter on a weaker note, with key manufacturing surveys fuelling expectations policymakers may be forced to act in coming months to prop up faltering growth.

  • *China, Indonesia manufacturing PMIs hit multi-month lows. *Japan business outlook weaker as sales tax rises. BEIJING/ TOKYO, April 1- Asia's major economies finished the first quarter on a weak note with manufacturing surveys in China and Japan fuelling expectations that policymakers will be forced to act in coming months to prop up faltering growth.

  • *Concerns about China prospects linger. SEOUL, April 1- Advanced economies stepped up their purchases of goods from South Korea last month, data showed on Tuesday, a hopeful sign global consumption will underpin Asia's export-reliant economies even as slackening demand in China drags on regional growth.

  • S.Korea to allow sales of Merck's Zilmax from June Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 11:21 PM ET

    SEOUL, April 1- South Korea will allow certain levels of animal feed additive zilpaterol in beef from June, a government official said on Tuesday, opening the door to imports of some meat containing the growth enhancer and its domestic sale.

  • SEOUL, April 1- South Korea's exports grew more strongly than expected last month while a private survey showed a pickup in manufacturing sector activity, suggesting that Asia's fourth-largest economy continues to recover.

  • *Hyundai says to sign deal on Chongqing plant on Thursday. "Considering China's future demand growth outlook, we need to build a new plant to maintain our stable market share of 10 percent in China," Hyundai said in a statement on Wednesday.

  • Reuters Business News Schedule at 0430 GMT/12.30AM ET Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 12:30 AM ET

    SINGAPORE/ KUALA LUMPUR- Even before the loss of its Flight MH370, Malaysian Airline System was bleeding cash, prompting talk that it may need another financial rescue from state investor Khazanah Nasional Bhd, its majority shareholder.

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- South Korea on Monday became the 10th country to choose Lockheed Martin Corp.' s F-35 fighter jet to replace aging warplanes, a boost for the Pentagon's biggest weapons program at a time when Italy, Canada and other countries are rethinking their procurement plans.

  • North Korea fires 30 short-range rockets -Yonhap Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 8:49 PM ET

    SEOUL, March 22- North Korea fired 30 short-range rockets into the sea off the east of the Korean peninsula early on Saturday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, citing the Joint Chiefs of Staff in South Korea.

  • TOKYO, March 20- Japanese companies are concerned about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's forceful diplomacy with neighbours like China, at a time when demand from Asia's giant appears to be ebbing, a Reuters survey showed. More than half the executives in the Reuters Corporate Survey said demand from China is peaking or declining.

  • *C.bank holds policy-setting meeting on March 27. MANILA, March 20- The Philippine central bank, in its strongest hint that interest rates may be hiked soon, said on Thursday that "measured" adjustments in monetary policy may be needed even though it expects inflation to stay within its target.

  • EXCLUSIVE-The mysterious journey of the Libya oil tanker Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 11:01 AM ET

    TRIPOLI/ LONDON, March 19- What began late last year as a routine new assignment for Pakistani sea captain Mirza Noman Baig ended in a dramatic night-time rescue as U.S. special forces seized the ship his family said he was forced to operate by Libyan rebels.

  • SEOUL, March 19- South Korea's authorities are inspecting units of four foreign banks over a spike in yuan holdings, regulatory sources told Reuters on Wednesday, reflecting Seoul's concern about potential risks posed by the rapid rise in exposure to China's markets and its currency.

  • SEOUL, March 19- South Korea's incoming central bank governor on Wednesday stressed the need for strengthened independence from the government and clear communication with markets, the lack of which has seen the bank broadly criticised.

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