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  • TOKYO, April 24- Tokyo stocks slipped to one-week lows on Thursday, extending losses into the afternoon session as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that a trade pact with the United States hasn't been finalised yet. President Barack Obama who is on a state visit to Japan.

  • Taro Kono: 'TPP is necessary for Japan'     Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 10:50 PM ET

    Taro Kono, Member of the House of Representatives in Japan's Parliament, says the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) stands behind Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in pushing for the TPP trade deal.

  • Klaus Baader, Chief Economist, Asia Pacific at Societe Generale, explains the benefits of deeper integration for Asia and how the TPP deal could facilitate trade relations in the region.

  • SEOUL, April 24- South Korea's economy grew at a steady pace in the first quarter, data showed on Thursday, a sign that a recovery is gaining momentum and reinforcing expectations for an interest rate hike later this year.

  • SEOUL, April 24- South Korea posted a seasonally adjusted quarterly economic growth of 0.9 percent in the January-March period led by exports and construction investment, the same as in the previous quarter, the central bank estimated on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 23- Environmental groups urged the United States on Wednesday to drop a challenge to India's massive solar program and said the World Trade Organization case would only hurt the growth of renewable energy resources.

  • Soybeans were mixed, with nearby prices pressured by spread trading activity and expectations of more U.S. imports of South American beans amid weak near-term demand from China. Chicago Board of Trade May corn rose 6- cents, or 1.2 percent, to $5.02-1/ 4 a bushel by 11:07 a.m. CDT in a second straight day of gains after sinking to a three-week low on Monday.

  • The ban on exports of unprocessed minerals by Indonesia, the world's biggest nickel ore supplier, was felt sharply last month when its shipments to top buyer China fell to less than a million tonnes from an average of 3.4 million tonnes a month last year.

  • 3 charged with sending chemical equipment to Syria Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 11:08 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— U.S. prosecutors have charged a Pennsylvania man and two foreign citizens with conspiring to illegally export chemical warfare detection devices and laboratory equipment to Syria, authorities said in a case that was under seal for 17 months until Wednesday.

  • METALS-Nickel dips after 14-month high, Chinese data Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    The ban on exports of unprocessed minerals by Indonesia, the world's biggest nickel ore supplier, was felt sharply last month when its shipments to top buyer China fell to less than a million tonnes from an average of 3.4 million tonnes a month last year.

  • LONDON, April 23- Copper was once again the stand-out in China's first-quarter imports of industrial metals. Yet China's net imports of refined nickel slumped 35 percent in Q1 2014.. Such contradictory outcomes say much about how both China's import demand for metals and the market's interpretation of that demand are changing.

  • Obama reassures Japan on China as Asia trip begins Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 AM ET
    President Obama is greeted by US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy upon arrival in Tokyo on April 23, 2014.

    Arriving in Japan, Obama says Washington welcomes China's rise but engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies.

  • Obama tours Asia: What to expect     Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    Martin Schulz, senior economist at Fujitsu Research Institute, says the U.S. and Japan need to strengthen their economic relations and that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be the main issue of this visit.

  • *Luanda offers contrasts of conspicuous wealth and poverty. LUANDA, April 23- In Luanda's Jumbo supermarket, a half-litre tub of imported vanilla ice-cream used to cost $25, testament to the Angolan capital's rank as one of the world's most expensive cities.

  • TOKYO/ WASHINGTON, April 22- U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman arrived in Japan earlier than expected on Wednesday, Japanese media, for a last ditch push for a two-way deal seen as crucial to efforts to create one of the world's biggest trade pacts.

  • Michael Auslin, Resident Scholar and Director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, discusses whether Japan's military push will eclipse the trade agenda during Obama's visit.

  • WASHINGTON/ TOKYO, April 22- A meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week in Tokyo may not seal one of the world's biggest trade pacts, but it could give it a much-needed boost.

  • US looking into Mexican exports, price of sugar Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 10:25 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— The U.S. Commerce Department is investigating allegations that Mexico is exporting far more sugar than it has in the past and selling it in the U.S. at below fair market price. The Commerce Department announced its decision Friday, saying sugar imports from Mexico grew from 1.4 million metric tons in 2011 to nearly 2.1 million metric tons last year.

  • *Gold imports in April and May seen at 20 tonnes. MUMBAI, April 22- India's gold imports in April and May could be less than half of arrivals in March, as restrictions on the movement of cash during general elections. Gold arrivals in both April and May could plunge to 20 tonnes, Bamalwa said, from March imports of 50 tonnes.

  • *China nickel ore imports from Indonesia down sharply. SINGAPORE, April 22- Nickel futures hit their highest in more than 14 months on Tuesday as an Indonesian ban on mineral ore exports kept supplies tight, with tensions in Ukraine also posing a risk to flows from key producer Russia.

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