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  • SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, March 30- China on Monday courted home buyers with a bigger tax break as it cut downpayment requirements for the second time in six months, stepping up a fight against sliding house prices that is imperiling the world's second-biggest economy. The People's Bank of China said on its website that commercial banks can now lower their minimum...

  • *Shanghai, Hong Kong stocks lead on stimulus hopes. LONDON, March 30- Shares rose on Monday with Asian stocks buoyed by hopes for stimulus to boost China's economy, but the euro slipped on renewed concern about Greece's finances. Earlier, Chinese stocks surged to seven-year highs, helped by Beijing's unveiling of an ambitious plan to build a modern Silk Road to...

  • SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, March 30- Chinese regulators eased lending and tax policies on real estate on Monday, as Beijing seeks to stop a slide in property prices that has put economic recovery at risk. The People's Bank of China, in a statement on its website, urged financial institutions to support home purchases using a combination of commercial lending and a housing...

  • SHANGHAI, March 30- Chinese stocks surged to seven-year highs on Monday, while the Hong Kong market posted its biggest daily gain in two months, as investors bet more infrastructure spending and policy stimulus would re-energise China's cooling economy. China's main indexes, the CSI300 and the Shanghai Composite Index, both jumped nearly 3 percent to the...

  • China said earlier this month work was ongoing on a draft anti-terrorism law that would require foreign companies to hand over encryption keys and otherwise facilitate Beijing's ability to bypass security measures, despite U.S. protests. "We have already made clear our concerns regarding forced technology transfer and other attempts to bar technological...

  • *Shanghai, Hong Kong stocks lead on stimulus hopes. Chinese stocks surged to seven-year highs, helped by Beijing's unveiling of an ambitious plan to build a modern Silk Road to Europe and Africa and signs from People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan that added to expectations of more monetary policy easing. "China's economy is under relatively big...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 2.9 percent, to 4,088.18 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 2.6 percent, to 3,786.57 points. Infrastructure-related shares climbed 5.6 percent after Beijing unveiled details of an ambitious plan to improve links from Asia to Europe and Africa.

  • *Shanghai, Hong Kong stocks lead on stimulus hopes. SYDNEY, March 30- Asian stock markets rose on Monday, with China stocks nearing a seven-year peak on hopes for more infrastructure spending and policy stimulus, while oil prices suffered further from excess supply. The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index also added 3.5 percent after China allowed mainland mutual...

  • SHANGHAI, March 30- China's once-struggling mutual fund industry is riding high on the country's surging stock market, with new funds snapped up in days by investors who long shunned shares as too risky. This marks a success for policymakers working to build confidence in equities and a relief for China's fund management industry. In January and February, 75...

  • SHANGHAI/ RIO DE JANEIRO, March 28- Russia, Australia and the Netherlands on Saturday became the latest three countries to say they plan to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, adding clout to an institution seen as enhancing China's regional and global influence. The AIIB, seen as a challenge to existing institutions the World Bank and...

  • More countries to join China-led investment bank Saturday, 28 Mar 2015 | 11:26 PM ET

    Russia, Australia and the Netherlands became the latest three countries to say they plan to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

  • Greek PM Tsipras: I seek no rift with Europe Saturday, 28 Mar 2015 | 11:13 PM ET
    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis are shown at the Greek parliament in Athens.

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday that he sought no rift with Europe after his cash-strapped country submitted a list of reforms to its lenders in a bid to secure much-needed funds.

  • ATHENS, March 28- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday that he sought no rift with Europe after his cash-strapped country submitted a list of reforms to its lenders in a bid to secure much-needed funds. After answering a question regarding government attempts to deal with corruption, Tsipras was asked whether he wanted a rift or a solution with...

  • SHANGHAI/ RIO DE JANEIRO, March 28- Russia, Australia and the Netherlands on Saturday became the latest three countries to say they plan to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, adding clout to an institution seen as enhancing China's regional and global influence. The AIIB, seen as a challenge to existing institutions the World Bank and...

  • UK, Switzerland accepted by China-led investment bank Saturday, 28 Mar 2015 | 1:52 AM ET

    China's Finance Ministry said on Saturday that the U.K. and Switzerland had been formally accepted as founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

  • SHANGHAI/ RIO DE JANEIRO, March 28- China's Finance Ministry said on Saturday that the U.K. and Switzerland had been formally accepted as founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a day after Brazil accepted China's invitation to join the AIIB. China's AIIB has been seen as a challenge to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, and a...

  • With big projects, Ethiopia shedding famine stereotype Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 11:52 AM ET

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia— Ethiopia's planned new airport on the outskirts of the capital is still years from becoming a reality but Tewodros Dawit can already envision how grand it will look. Britain, long a source of charitable aid for Ethiopia, announced last month that Ethiopia's growing economy means the time has come for "transitioning support toward...

  • *Shanghai rebar also hits record low, but cuts losses. SINGAPORE, March 27- Spot iron ore prices hit new record lows on Friday while futures in China and Singapore slid as much as 4 percent before paring losses, on worries that global producers would continue to lift output in a well supplied market. Iron ore prices on China's Dalian Commodity Exchange hit the daily...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.6 percent, to 3,971.70, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.3 percent, to 3,691.10. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were China Shipbuilding, down 2.0 percent at 10.23 yuan; China State Construction, up 3.0 percent at 7.22 yuan and Agricultural Bank Of China, down 0.3...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.6 percent, to 3,971.70, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.3 percent, to 3,691.10. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were China Shipbuilding, down 2.0 percent to 10.23 yuan; China State Construction, up 3.0 percent to 7.22 yuan and Agricultural Bank Of China, down 0.3...