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  • TOKYO, April 15- Japanese government bonds were narrowly mixed on Wednesday ahead of the next session's 20- year sale, underpinned by the Bank of Japan's buying operations. The BOJ offered to buy 375 billion yen worth of JGBs in the 1- year to 3- year zone, 375 billion yen in the 3- year to 5- year zone, and 400 billion yen in the 5- year to 10- year zone under its massive...

  • MOSCOW, April 15- Russia must review its participation in international financial organizations because the country is paying too much in fees, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Wednesday. "We need to review our participation in international funds and organizations," he told the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament. He did not immediately...

  • LONDON, April 15- The euro fell against the dollar on Wednesday before a policy meeting at which the European Central Bank is likely to reiterate its dovish policy bias despite a recent pick-up in economic activity. Draghi may also address Greece's debt problems at his press conference scheduled for 1230 GMT. The euro was down 0.4 percent at $1.0610 and pared its...

  • MOSCOW, April 15- Russia's car market could shrink by at least 24 percent to 1.98 million vehicles this year, Interfax news agency quoted an official from the Industry Ministry as saying on Wednesday.

  • SEOUL, April 15- South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday said demand for both the flat-screen and curved-screen models of its new flagship Galaxy S6 smartphones is "much higher" than initially planned for. The comment expands on guidance for a near-term supply shortage for the curved-screen Galaxy S6 edge model by Samsung's mobile...

  • NEW DELHI, April 15- India needs to move towards full capital account convertibility to become a leading global economy, junior finance minister Jayant Sinha said on Wednesday. Sinha's comments came a day after the International Monetary Fund predicted Asia's third-largest economy would become the fastest growing major economy in the world, outpacing...

  • Russia says is in "unprecedented" consultations with OPEC Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 3:44 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 15- Russia's energy ministry has been holding active consultations with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and Latin American oil producers which Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich described on Wednesday as "unprecedented". Russia has tried to forge closer ties with OPEC after oil prices plunged. Moscow is expected to...

  • FRANKFURT, April 15- European Central Bank policymakers have sanctioned further emergency funding for Greece's banks, a banking source said, amid clear signs that the wider euro zone economy is picking up. The ECB's borrowing rates are all but guaranteed to be held at record lows by policymakers meeting on Wednesday, but continued wrangling between Greece and...

  • Australia's Fortescue under pressure as iron ore crashes Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 3:28 AM ET

    *$9 bln debt load puts Fortescue under stress. *Glencore would eye Fortescue if cheap enough- sources. *Fortescue updates on Q1 output, costs on Thursday.

  • President Barack Obama would be able to negotiate a final nuclear deal with Iran after a framework accord was agreed between Tehran and six world powers earlier this month. "Looming large is the challenge of finishing the negotiation with Iran over the course of the next two and a half months," Kerry said after arriving in Germany for a Group of Seven foreign...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 1.3 percent, to 4,380.5, while the Shanghai Composite Index dropped 1.2 percent, to 4,084.16 points. "Valuation of China's blue chips is still reasonable... but most of China's small-cap companies are expensive," said Huang Ruiqing, fund manager at Bosera Asset Management Co..

  • European shares edge higher, Nokia gains after deal Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 3:18 AM ET

    LONDON, April 15- European shares advanced on Wednesday, with Finnish telecom network equipment maker Nokia leading the market higher after agreeing to buy Alcatel-Lucent. Nokia shares rose 3.1 percent after an all-share transaction that values its smaller French rival at 15.6 billion euros. However, shares in Alcatel-Lucent, which surged 16 percent in the...

  • UPDATE 1-ASML sales outlook falls short of consensus Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 3:11 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM, April 15- ASML Holding, a key supplier to top global semiconductor makers, gave a slightly lower than expected forecast for second-quarter sales after posting a 60 percent jump in first-quarter profit on Wednesday. ASML reported first-quarter net profit of 403 million euros on sales of 1.65 billion euros. However, ASML's Chief Financial Officer...

  • *Net outflow of oil investments expected soon- Barclays. Front-month Brent crude futures were up a dollar at $59.43 a barrel by 0705 GMT, while U.S. crude climbed 65 cents to $53.69. In the United States, North Dakota's February oil production fell 15,000 barrels per day versus January, although the number of producing wells hit a record high.

  • MOSCOW, April 15- Russia's No.2 oil producer Lukoil may see its crude output decline by less than 2 million tonnes in Russia this year, a company official said on Wednesday.

  • *China's economy grew 7 pct in Q1, slowest in six years. SINGAPORE, April 15- Gold steadied above a two-week low on Wednesday after U.S. retail sales in March missed market expectations, but a firmer dollar hindered any attempt by investors to push bullion higher. Data showing China's economy grew 7 percent in the first quarter, the slowest in six years, suggested that...

  • MUMBAI, April 15- India may go to the World Trade Organization if the European Union does not reconsider its decision to suspend the sale of about 700 generic drugs that were approved based on clinical trials by GVK Biosciences Pvt Ltd, the firm's CEO said. The European Medicines Agency suspension became effective in January, a month after France, Germany, Belgium...

  • In setback, Obama concedes Congress role on Iran deal Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 2:26 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    U.S. President Barack Obama conceded on Tuesday that Congress will have the power to review a nuclear deal with Iran.

  • OSLO, April 15- Norway's oil fund, the world's biggest sovereign wealth fund, said on Wednesday it would back a proposal from shareholders of BP and Royal Dutch Shell for further information from the companies on risks and opportunities associated with climate change. The $885 billion Fund, which invests revenues from Norway's offshore oil and gas production,...

  • BEIJING, April 15- JD.com Inc, China's No. 2 e-commerce player, on Wednesday launched its JD Worldwide cross-border online shopping platform, a challenger to Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's Tmall Global service. JD Worldwide will allow Chinese shoppers to buy imports from U.S. firms such as Nike Inc, Starbucks Corp and Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc, as well as products...