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  • LONDON, May 26- Italian assets surged and German shares hit all-time highs on Monday as solid election showings by pro-European forces in both countries provided an antidote to Eurosceptic gains in France, the UK and Greece.

  • *Ukraine tensions ease slightly after presidential election. SINGAPORE, May 26- Brent crude fell below $110 a barrel on Monday, dipping further from last week's two-and-a-half month high as worries over Ukraine eased slightly after its presidential election.

  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, May 26- The euro touched a fresh three-month low against the dollar on Monday as investors awaited comments from European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi and digested weekend elections in which critics of the European Union more than doubled their presence.

  • Reuters Business News Schedule at 0430 GMT/12.30AM ET Monday, 26 May 2014 | 12:34 AM ET

    SYDNEY- Australian private equity firm Pacific Equity Partners offers up to A $1.1 billion to take standards compliance business SAI Global Ltd private, the latest in a flurry of deal activity in the country sparked by surging stock prices.

  • SINGAPORE, May 26- Gold continued to struggle below $1,300 an ounce on Monday after ending flat for two straight weeks, but the metal could gain from developments in Ukraine where pro-West billionaire Petro Poroshenko notched an emphatic win in the presidential election.

  • Brent slips near $110 after Ukraine election Sunday, 25 May 2014 | 11:24 PM ET

    *Ukraine tensions ease slightly after presidential election. SINGAPORE, May 26- Brent crude edged down towards $110 a barrel on Monday, dipping further from last week's two-and-a-half month high as worries over Ukraine eased slightly after its presidential election.

  • *Wall Street rise, solid U.S. housing data support sentiment. TOKYO, May 26- Japanese shares climbed to a one-month high on Monday morning, extending its winning streak to a third day, helped by the yen's retreat and a closing record-high for Wall Street on upbeat U.S. housing data.

  • SYDNEY, May 26- Shanghai copper inched up on Monday to its highest since late February as seasonally strong demand put pressure on tight supplies amid modest trading volumes given holidays in Britain and the United States.

  • *Wall Street rise, upbeat U.S. housing data support Asian shares. TOKYO, May 26- Asian shares hit one-year high on Monday thanks to a strong session on Wall Street and a decisive win for billionaire Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine's presidential election.

  • *Wall Street rise, upbeat U.S. housing data support Asian shares. TOKYO, May 26- Japanese shares rose in a steady start for Asian equities on Monday thanks to a strong session on Wall Street, and as a decisive win for Ukrainian billionaire Petro Poroshenko in the nation's presidential election ensured a tense runoff round won't be required.

  • SYDNEY, May 26- The euro slipped early on Monday, while the other major currencies got off to a steady start as the results of a presidential election in Ukraine and votes for the European Parliament were so far greeted calmly by investors.

  • BANGKOK, May 25- Thailand's top generals lured the former government and its supporters into a trap by arranging peace talks between political heavyweights then seizing power in a coup moments later, a deposed minister said on Sunday. They'd planned it earlier, then they staged the coup and ordered the other Puea Thai Party members to report to them.

  • Thai coup adds to challenges for economy Saturday, 24 May 2014 | 9:01 AM ET
    Thai army soldiers secure the grounds of the venue for peace talks between pro- and anti-government groups on Thursday in Bangkok, a few hours before the army chief announced armed forces were seizing power.

    Thailand's economy was already struggling before the country's military seized power in a bloodless coup Thursday, saying it needed to restore order after six months of protests aimed at ousting the elected government.

  • May 22- Shares of Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com soared almost 20 percent in their U.S. market debut as investors sought a piece of the country's booming online retail market, auguring well for Alibaba Group Holding Inc's hotly anticipated mega-float later this year.

  • May 22- Shares of Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com soared almost 20 percent in their market debut as investors sought a piece of China's booming online retail market, auguring well for Alibaba Group's hotly anticipated float later this year.

  • Israel welcomes tech-hungry Chinese investors Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 11:18 AM ET

    *Chinese investments in Israel rocket over last 3 years. Overshadowed by its high profile move into Africa, China's role in Israel as been growing fast, despite concern among Israelis that strategic assets may slip from their grasp.

  • Shares of China's JD.com soar 17 pct in market debut Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    May 22- Shares of JD.com, China's second-largest e-commerce company after Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, rose as much as 17.2 percent in their market debut on Thursday, valuing the company at about $30.43 billion. JD.com' s offering of American Depositary Shares raised $1.78 billion after being priced at $19 each, above the expected range of $16 to $18.

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer will give a boost to 2014 political candidates from seven U.S. states who work to combat climate change, countering political support from fossil fuel interests.

  • Sisi's economic vision for Egypt: back to the future Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 9:35 AM ET

    CAIRO, May 22- Days before a presidential election he seems certain to win, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi released a detailed, colour-coded rendering of "The Map of the Future", designed to reassure Egyptians he is serious about attracting investment in their battered economy.

  • Shares of the company, which operates Sears department stores and the Kmart discount chain, fell 7 percent in premarket trading. The retailer operated 1,980 Sears and Kmart stores in the United States as of February.