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  • Asia stocks gain as China announcements spur Shanghai Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 12:32 AM ET

    TOKYO— Asian shares mostly gained Tuesday after China promoted an array of infrastructure projects as open to private investment and said it was slashing tariffs on imported clothing and other consumer goods. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index was nearly flat at 20,416.25 while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index gained 1.5 percent to 28,407.72.

  • May 26- A once-popular pair trade pitting the U.S. dollar against oil prices has re-emerged in recent weeks, injecting a new wildcard into the market just as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries prepares to meet. About two weeks ago, Morgan Stanley analysts said an "uncanny" relationship has developed between the dollar index and benchmark...

  • SINGAPORE, May 26- Crude oil prices were broadly unchanged in early trading on Tuesday, as firm demand supported and ample supply dragged, but analysts said there were signs that a recent rally was running out of steam. Robust demand in Asia as well as due to the driving season in the United States is being met by near record output, especially from the Organization...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 5 Monday, 25 May 2015 | 9:09 PM ET

    TAIPEI- Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke speaks on Asian economies- 0830 GMT. TEL AVIV, Israel- Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer speaks on "The Federal Reserve and the Global Economy" before a conference in honor of Professor Haim Ben-Shahar- 1630 GMT. PARIS- ECB Governing Council Member Christian Noyer gives an annual press conference in...

  • *US, UK markets shut on Monday. LONDON, May 25- Gold prices rose sightly on Monday, even as the dollar gained traction against major currency rivals on signs the U.S. Spot gold was up 0.2 percent at $1,206.80 an ounce by 1826 GMT, just above a near-two-week low of $1,201.20 hit in the previous session.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 25- Crude oil futures rose on Monday as firm global demand offset a strong dollar, although a holiday in the United States and much of Europe kept trading muted. Front-month Brent crude gained 53 cents to $65.90 a barrel by 1750 GMT, after touching an intraday low of $64.72. The market drew support from figures showing strong demand across Asia...

  • ANALYSIS-The European center-left's quandary Monday, 25 May 2015 | 1:50 PM ET

    LONDON, May 25- A crushing election defeat for Britain's Labor party has laid bare the dilemma facing Europe's center-left. "We were sent out... to make an argument, if you can call it an argument, which basically said we're for the poor, we hate the rich, ignoring completely the vast swathe of the population who exist in between," was former Labor cabinet minister and EU...

  • ANALYSIS-The European centre-left's quandary Monday, 25 May 2015 | 1:50 PM ET

    LONDON, May 25- A crushing election defeat for Britain's Labour party has laid bare the dilemma facing Europe's centre-left. "We were sent out... to make an argument, if you can call it an argument, which basically said we're for the poor, we hate the rich, ignoring completely the vast swathe of the population who exist in between," was former Labour cabinet minister and EU...

  • Threats to 6 international flights cause scare Monday, 25 May 2015 | 12:13 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners on Monday, possibly from the same source, caused a scare involving at least six international flights at airports in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. In one instance Monday morning, U.S. military jets escorted an Air France flight into New York City after someone claimed a chemical...

  • LONDON, May 25- Gold prices were marginally lower on Monday, as the dollar gained traction against major currency rivals, on signs the Federal Reserve is preparing to tighten monetary policy for the first time in six years in 2015.. Fed Chair Janet Yellen indicated on Friday that the U.S. central bank was poised to raise rates this year, with the world's largest...

  • MOSCOW, May 25- Russia's rouble strengthened slightly on Monday, supported by end-of-month tax payments and weak forex demand, but trade was thin because London and U.S. markets were closed for public holidays. "The situation is being determined by today's local tax payments and the closure of foreign markets," analysts at Nordea Bank said in a note.

  • *Markets in U.S., much of Europe closed on Monday. LONDON, May 25- European shares fell in thin trade on Monday while the dollar powered ahead after U.S. Investor concerns about Greece's debt problems and a poor regional and local election result by Spain's ruling People's Party also weighed on the euro and European shares.

  • LONDON— Britain's prime minister on Monday outlined who will be allowed to vote in a referendum on whether or not the country should remain in the European Union, opting to exclude most voters from the 28- nation bloc who live in the U.K.. His plans also include a tour of European capitals to press his case that the EU needs to be reformed, hoping that the upcoming vote...

  • *Volumes thin with London, Frankfurt and New York closed. LONDON, May 25- European equities fell on Monday, with the Spanish and Greek stock markets hit by investors' concerns over Greece's debt problems and a poor local election result for the Madrid government. Athens' main index equity index fell 1.2 percent after Greece's interior minister said on Sunday the...

  • ASTANA, May 25- Kazakhstan is seeking loans from China worth around $3 billion to build two new plants to boost copper and aluminium output in the Central Asian nation, Kazakh Deputy Investment and Development Minister Albert Rau told Reuters in an interview. London- listed Kazakh company KAZ Minerals, among the world's major copper producers, announced in...

  • *Markets in U.S., much of Europe closed on Monday. LONDON, May 25- European shares fell in thin trade on Monday while the dollar held firm after U.S. A warning on Sunday by Greece's interior minister that the country will not be able to meet a June 5 repayment to the International Monetary Fund, and political concerns in Spain after the ruling People's Party took a...

  • Global stocks mostly higher in quiet trading day Monday, 25 May 2015 | 4:49 AM ET

    BEIJING— Asian stocks were mostly higher Monday on a quiet trading day with Hong Kong, Wall Street and London closed for holidays. London and Frankfurt were closed for holidays. Wall Street is closed Monday for Memorial Day.

  • LONDON— With its classic red phone booth, pub, and medieval church, Harmondsworth's center looks quintessentially British. Harmondsworth is under threat because London and southeastern England need more airport capacity to meet the growing demands of business travelers and tourists. Heathrow and rival Gatwick, 30 miles south of central London, have offered...

  • Asian stock markets mostly higher in quiet trading day Sunday, 24 May 2015 | 11:29 PM ET

    BEIJING— Asian stocks were mostly higher Monday on a quiet trading day with Hong Kong, Wall Street and London closed for holidays. Singapore, Manila and New Zealand also rose. GREECE DEBT: Greece's ruling Radical Left Coalition rejected a call by party hardliners to skip its next payment to the International Monetary Fund.

  • MELBOURNE, May 25- Shanghai copper slipped to its lowest level in more than three weeks on Monday, tracking last week's losses in London after the Federal Reserve sent a strong signal it would raise interest rates this year, boosting the dollar. The most traded July copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange slipped 1 percent to 44,720 yuan a tonne.