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  • Nov 25- Apple Inc agreed to buy Israel- based PrimeSense Ltd, a developer of chips that enable three-dimensional machine vision, for about $350 million, Bloomberg reported on Sunday citing a source. Apple's interest in PrimeSense was first reported in July by the Israel- based Calacist news website.

  • *Brent crude sinks over $2.40 a barrel on groundbreaking Iran deal. SYDNEY, Nov 25- Oil prices hit the skids on Monday after Iran and six world powers sealed a deal curbing its nuclear programme, a fillip for global economic growth that found expression in heartier share prices from Tokyo to Seoul.

  • Nikkei climbs 1.5 pct to within sight of 5-1/2 peak Monday, 25 Nov 2013 | 1:13 AM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 25- The Nikkei climbed 1.5 percent on Monday to within sight of a 5-1/ 2 year peak reached in May, propelled by exporters with the yen slumping versus the dollar and investors expecting the Bank of Japan to keep its stimulus drive even as the Fed tapers off.

  • *Saputo will pay A $9.20/ shr if gets acceptances for more than 50 pct. *Warrnambool board backs Saputo over Murray Goulburn, Bega bids. SYDNEY, Nov 25- Canada's Saputo Inc declared its A $505 million bid for Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Co unconditional on Monday and said it would hike its offer if it won control of Australia's oldest dairy maker.

  • *Asian markets monitor China/ Japan tensions, Iran developments. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Nov 25- The dollar rose to a six-month high and the euro pushed to a new four-year peak against the yen in Asian trading on Monday, as investors positioned for yen weakness after speculators had bet on further yen declines.

  • BEIJING/ TOKYO, Nov 25- Asian aviation officials said airlines would have to inform China of their flight plans before entering airspace over waters disputed with Japan, forcing carriers to acknowledge China's authority over a newly declared " Air Defense Identification Zone".

  • Yuan opens flat, big banks suppress appreciation Monday, 25 Nov 2013 | 12:14 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Nov 25- China's yuan was little changed on Monday morning after the central bank strengthened its guidance slightly, stuck in a tight range as traders said big banks are keeping the market on lockdown.

  • *ECB's Coeure doesn't see deflation as economy is improving. TOKYO, Nov 25- A senior European Central Bank official said slowing price growth, or disinflation, in Europe is likely to continue for now, but will not progress to deflation because the economy is recovering and inflation expectations remain anchored around 2 percent.

  • HONG KONG, Nov 25- China shares bounced off the day's lows early on Monday, buoying Hong Kong markets, as weakness for oil giant Sinopec Corp was offset by strength in defense-related companies after Beijing imposed new rules on airspace over disputed waters.

  • The electoral authority said a partial count of votes gave National Party candidate Juan Hernandez 34 percent support while Xiomara Castro, wife of deposed former leader Manuel Zelaya, had 28.5 percent. A Hernandez victory would deal a blow to Zelaya, who was ousted in a 2009 coup that plunged Honduras into a political crisis.

  • *Copper to avg $7,100 in Q4 on supply shortfall- Barclays. SINGAPORE, Nov 25- London copper slipped on Monday, snapping three days of gains, on growing worries the Federal Reserve could start paring its commodities-friendly monetary stimulus sooner than later in the face of an improving U.S. economy.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 25- Gold edged towards a four-month low on Monday on fears of an early end to U.S. stimulus measures and as holdings of the biggest bullion-backed exchange-traded fund fell the most in three weeks. Gold was also weighed down by gains in Asian shares and a drop in brent crude following a breakthrough nuclear deal between world powers and Iran.

  • TEGUCIGALPA, Nov 24- The conservative ruling party candidate claimed victory in the presidential election in Honduras on Sunday after an early vote count put him ahead, but his leftist rival also said she was the winner, setting the stage for a potential conflict.

  • TOKYO, Nov 25- Japanese government bond prices eased modestly on Monday, ahead of an auction of 40- year debt in the following session, as Tokyo stocks rallied on a slump in the yen to a six-month low.

  • BEIJING, Nov 25- China's Defence Ministry said on Monday it had lodged formal protests with the U.S. and Japanese embassies in China after both countries criticised Beijing's plan to impose new rules on airspace over disputed waters in the East China Sea.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 25- London copper was little changed on Monday, after posting its biggest gain in two months in the week ended Nov. 22 when forecasts for a shortfall in supply in top consumer China underpinned prices. *The most-traded February copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange climbed 0.57 percent to 50,820 yuan a tonne.

  • BEIJING, Nov 25- China's Defence Ministry said on Monday that it had lodged formal protests with the U.S. and Japanese embassies in China after both countries criticised a Chinese plan to impose new rules on airspace over disputed waters in the East China Sea.

  • GENEVA, Nov 25- President Barack Obama has pulled off a historic deal with Iran on curbing its nuclear program but he and other global leaders now have tough work ahead turning an interim accord into a comprehensive agreement.

  • TOKYO, Nov 25- Japan's Nikkei topped a six-month peak on Monday, propelled by exporters with the yen trapped at a multi-month trough against the dollar and investors expecting the Bank of Japan to maintain its stimulus drive even as the U.S.

  • *Brent crude sinks over $2.50 a barrel on groundbreaking Iran deal. SYDNEY, Nov 25- Oil prices fell sharply on Monday after Iran and six world powers sealed a deal curbing its nuclear programme, a fillip for global economic growth that found expression in heartier share prices in Tokyo and Seoul.

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