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  • TOKYO, Sept 18- Confidence at Japanese manufacturers fell the most in nearly two years in September as a tax increase hit the economy harder than expected, while exports slid in August in a further sign that conditions have deteriorated in the crucial third quarter.

  • As growth stalls, G20 seeks closure on regulations Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:26 AM ET

    SYDNEY, Sept 18- G20 host Australia is leading a push to draw a line under the global financial crisis, urging the group of top economies to swiftly finalise regulations aimed at preventing a repeat of the crash and focus on measures to revive sputtering global growth.

  • India, China vow cooperation as troops face off Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:08 AM ET

    NEW DELHI— Indian and Chinese troops faced off along their Himalayan border on Thursday as the countries' leaders held a rare meeting in New Delhi, promising to boost economic cooperation and substantially increase Chinese investment in India's infrastructure. India's worries about the frequent standoffs on the border came up at the meeting.

  • BEIJING, Sept 18- China home prices fell in August for a fourth straight month, official data showed on Thursday, underlining a deepening downtrend in the property market that is increasingly weighing on the broad economy.

  • Business Highlights Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:40 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar. Walgreen provided enough flu shots last season to protect a population roughly twice the size of Los Angeles.

  • *Report of targeted stimulus to big China banks. LONDON, Sept 17- Copper edged up on Wednesday on a report that China's central bank will provide the country's biggest banks with fresh loans to bolster the economy of the world's largest metals consumer.

  • *Comes after series of weak economic data. SHANGHAI, Sept 17- China's central bank is injecting a combined 500 billion yuan of liquidity into the country's top banks, according to media reports, a sign that authorities are stepping up efforts to shore up a faltering economy.

  • AHMEDABAD, India, Sept 17- A combination the "world's factory" and the "world's back office" will drive global economic growth, Chinese President Xi Jinping said ahead of a rare visit to India on Wednesday, playing down mistrust that has kept the Asian giants apart.

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 17- China's central bank is injecting a combined 500 billion yuan of liquidity into the country's top banks, according to media reports, a sign that authorities are stepping up efforts to shore up a faltering economy.

  • Sept 17- Business sentiment among Asia's top companies fell sharply in the third quarter as last quarter's positive signs from China and Singapore slipped on an uncertain global economic outlook and rising costs, outweighing continued optimism in India, a ThomsonReuters/INSEAD survey showed.

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 17- China's central bank is injecting a combined 500 billion yuan of liquidity into the country's top banks in moves to support a slowing economy, the Wall Street Journal reported, sending benchmark money market rate sharply lower on Wednesday.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 16- The Russian central bank sees crude oil prices returning to above $100 per barrel in coming quarters and staying above that mark in 2016-2017, according to the bank's quarterly monetary policy document published on Tuesday.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 16- Russia risks slipping into recession because the government is not investing enough in the economy to weather Western sanctions, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Tuesday, criticizing the strategy so far.

  • *Slowdown in China imports would drag on global soybean prices. *China demand for soyoil, soymeal hurt by tepid economic growth. "The first half of the year was the worst on record for the industry," said a Singapore- based senior official at an international trading company, which owns soybean processing facilities in China.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 16- Russia's economy could contract 3-4 percent if western nations tighten sanctions over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis to make them similar to those imposed on Iran, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Tuesday. Western sanctions already bar some of Russia's largest companies and banks from raising financing on western markets.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 16- China shares had their worst day in more than six months on Tuesday, as investors continued to fret about weak economic data and started to worry about liquidity as a new batch of initial public offerings loomed.

  • China shares flat at midday as economy worries linger Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 12:58 AM ET

    *Eleven companies to list in Shanghai market. *Gold shares up on expected early start to trade plan. SHANGHAI, Sept 16- China shares fell early Tuesday on worries about the economy, but the losses were erased and indexes flat at midday thanks to support from resource companies.

  • NYMEX-U.S. oil retreats on softer economic data Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 8:29 PM ET

    It settled 65 cents a barrel higher at $92.92 on the previous session, recovering by more than $2 a barrel after falling earlier in the session towards 16- month lows. *November Brent gained 20 cents a barrel to $98.08 after it ended 8 cents lower at $97.88.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 15- Russia's rouble currency hit a new low against the dollar on Monday, hit by falling oil prices and a decision by the central bank not to raise interest rates despite investor concern over the economic effect of the Ukraine crisis.

  • HONG KONG/ BEIJING, Sept 15- Data showing that the Chinese economy quickly lost steam in August caused some economists on Monday to trim their 2014 growth forecasts for the country. Barclays Capital reduced its projection to 7.2 percent from 7.4.