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TOP STORIES

Struggling, Malaysian Airline may need government bailout

SINGAPORE/KUALA LUMPUR - Even before the loss of its Flight MH370, Malaysian Airline System was bleeding cash, prompting talk that it may need another financial rescue from state investor Khazanah Nasional Bhd, its majority shareholder. (MALAYSIA-AIRLINES/FINANCING (PIX, GRAPHICS), moved, by Anshuman Daga and Yantoultra Ngui, 1200 words)

China's plan for global yuan hits speed bumps

HONG KONG/SINGAPORE - Turbulence in Chinese financial markets, reflecting growing worries about investing in the country's assets, could slow the yuan's rapid emergence as a major international currency. (CHINA-CURRENCY/ , moved, by Michelle Chen and Saeed Azhar, 900 words)

- (AUSTRALIA-CENBANK/RENMINBI (UPDATE 1), moved, by Wayne Cole, 500 words)

MARKETS

Asia shares hit 2-wk highs on upbeat U.S. data, China stimulus hopes

TOKYO - Asian shares race to two-week highs, with investor confidence getting a much needed boost from upbeat U.S. data and lingering hopes China may take steps to stimulate its sagging economy. (MARKETS-GLOBAL/ (WRAPUP 3, GRAPHIC), expect by 0530 GMT/1.30AM ET, by Hideyuki Sano, 800 words)

ECONOMY

Australia cenbank plays down inflation worries, warns on housing

SYDNEY - Australia's top central banker plays down the risks of a sustained rise in domestic inflationary pressures, while cautioning investors against getting carried away in Australia's frothy housing market. (AUSTRALIA-ECONOMY/CENBANK, moved, 400 words)

COMPANIES

Fonterra H1 earnings drop, high dairy prices shrink margins

WELLINGTON - New Zealand's Fonterra reports a 41 percent fall in first-half earnings as the farmer-owned co-operative's margins were hit by higher costs, too much milk, and a lack of capacity to process higher-yielding products. (FONTERRA-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 1), moved, by Naomi Tajitsu, 500 words)

Hyundai Motor eyes major expansion with fourth plant in China

SEOUL - Hyundai Motor plans to build its fourth plant in China for about 1 trillion won ($926.48 million) and start production in 2016, a source says, as the Korean automaker joins rivals in boosting capacity in the world's biggest car market. (HYUNDAI-PLANT/ (UPDATE 1), moved, 300 words)

Spooked by defaults, China banks begin retreat from risk

BEIJING - Some of China's struggling firms are finally getting the reception that regulators have been hoping for -- a cold shoulder from banks in the form of smaller and costlier loans. (CHINA-DEBT/ ,moved, by Fayen Wong and Matthew Miller, 1000 words)

INVESTMENT

Asia's hottest property market is also its most unlikely - North Korea

SEOUL - On paper, the socialist state owns all property. But the percentage of North Koreans who are buying their own home - as opposed to waiting for the government to assign one - is growing rapidly, even though buying and selling of houses and apartments is illegal, surveys of defectors show. (KOREA-NORTH/HOUSING (INSIGHT, PIX), moved, by Ju-min Park, 1300 words)

COMMODITIES

Australia cuts 2013/14 iron ore export forecast, sees price fall

SYDNEY - Australia trims its 2013/14 forecast for iron ore exports but still expects shipments to rise 20 percent on the previous year as miners ramp up production, putting pressure on prices. (AUSTRALIA-RESOURCES/ (UPDATE 1), moved, by James Regan, 500 words)