*Libya oil production rises to 500,000 barrels per day. SINGAPORE, July 25- Brent crude held steady above $107 a barrel on Friday, on track to end the week flat as tensions in oil producing regions supported prices against weak demand and plentiful supplies.» Read More
SYDNEY, July 25- London copper edged down on Friday but was still set to log its fifth weekly advance in six, with investors more bullish on metals on expectations the global economy is on a firmer footing and on a brighter outlook for top consumer China.
BEIJING, July 25- China Telecom Corp Ltd will start selling Microsoft Corp's Xbox One gaming console in China from September through an exclusive contract, the country's third-largest telecommunications company said in a statement on Friday.
HONG KONG, July 25- China's yuan snapped a three-day firming streak on Friday, after the central bank set a weaker midpoint for the third consecutive day in line with global strength in the dollar. The People's Bank of China fixed the official midpoint at 6.1597, down 0.03 percent from the previous day's 6.1579.
TOKYO, July 25- Asian shares pulled away from this week's three-year highs on Friday after a mostly flat day on Wall Street, though a fresh S&P closing record and upbeat U.S. employment data underpinned sentiment.
Report: Chinese regulators conclude chip supplier Qualcomm Air Algerie jetliner with 116 people on board crashes in rainstorm in restive Mali Fewer and fewer US layoffs mean job security is as strong as it's been in more than 8 years Obama calls anew for limits on US company mergers overseas, says it's a question of patriotism Amazon shares fall on deeper-than-expected 2nd- quarter loss Starbucks 2nd- quarter profit rises as food offerings become a bigger driver to cafes Growth in payments volume helps drive Visa's 3 Q profit higher; outlook misses Street view Stocks end little changed as investors work through earnings and economic reports IMF cuts global growth forecast because of slowdowns in US, Russia and emerging markets Oil falls near $102, erasing previous day's gains, amid concern about US gasoline demand
BEIJING— A government newspaper says Chinese regulators have concluded Qualcomm Inc., one of the biggest makers of chips used in mobile devices, has a monopoly. Citing a planning agency official, the China Daily on Friday said the results of an investigation into Qualcomm will be released soon.
TOKYO, July 25- Japanese government bond prices slipped on Friday, weighed down by higher Tokyo shares and an overnight retreat in U.S. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield rose 0.5 basis point to 0.525 percent. The JGB market showed little reaction to a rise in Japan's June core CPI, as the rise of 3.3 percent from the previous month was in line with forecasts.
BEIJING— Baidu Inc., which operates China's most popular search engine, said Friday its quarterly profit rose 34 percent over a year earlier as its mobile business grew. Baidu and other Internet companies are building mobile e-commerce and other services as Chinese users shift rapidly to going online using smartphones and tablet computers.
*Japan CPI as expected, muted reaction from dollar/yen. TOKYO, July 25- The dollar held gains versus the yen on Friday and the euro stood steady after rebounding from an eight-month low against the greenback as data painted a brighter picture of the U.S. and eurozone economies.
SHANGHAI, July 25- Shanghai Husi Food, the U.S.-owned Chinese food supplier at the center of a meat safety scandal, won a court case earlier this year against a former quality control officer whose claims included that he was made to forge meat production dates. He said Shanghai Husi, which is owned by privately-held Illinois- based OSI Group, ignored his pleas.
ABOARD USS INDEPENDENCE— Operating costs for the U.S. Navy's newest ships will decline and "become more normal" over time, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Thursday.
WILMINGTON, Del., July 24- Nortel Networks Inc, the U.S. unit of defunct Canadian telecom company Nortel Networks Corp, has agreed to pay up to about $1 billion in interest that has accrued on the $3.9 billion it owes to its U.S. bondholders, a court filing showed.
HONG KONG— McDonald's restaurants in Hong Kong have taken chicken nuggets and chicken burgers off the menu after a mainland Chinese supplier was accused of selling expired meat. The fast food chain said late Thursday that it "suspended relevant food ingredients" at Hong Kong outlets in light of the scandal surrounding Shanghai Husi Food Co..
SAN FRANCISCO, July 24- Amazon.com Inc's new "Fire" smartphone contains chips from Qualcomm Inc, NXP Semiconductors NV, and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, according to repair and teardown specialists iFixit, which pried one open on Thursday.
*Index heavy Fanuc contributes 27 points, or more than a quarter of Nikkei gains. TOKYO, July 25- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Friday after the S&P 500 set another record closing high and as index heavyweight Fanuc Corp jumped after reporting strong profits.
July 24- Underground stores of water in the southwestern United States have receded dramatically amid ongoing drought that has parched states from Oklahoma to the Pacific Coast and is costing California billions in lost crops and jobs, a new study shows.
LONDON, July 25- The probability of a solar storm striking Earth in the next decade with enough force to do serious damage to electricity networks could be as high as 12 percent, according to solar scientists. One such storm erupted from the surface of the Sun two years ago, on July 23, 2012.
WASHINGTON— An aviation official says global aviation leaders will meet in Montreal next week to initiate discussions on a plan to address safety and security issues raised by the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, as well as two other air crashes.
*Hamas sticks to demand embargo on enclave be lifted. *One killed in West Bank march is support of Gaza. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon expressed horror at the Thursday attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip.
HONG KONG, July 25- McDonald's Corp has suspended sales of chicken nuggets and other items in Hong Kong after it said it had imported products from Shanghai Husi Food, the U.S.-owned company at the center of a food safety scare in China.