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  • *Ruling raises questions Japan's new nuclear safety regime. *Kansai Electric says to appeal. Public broadcaster NHK Television said the ruling stated that safety at Kansai Electric's Takahama plant west of Tokyo cannot be assured and the regulator's standards "lack rationality."

  • SYDNEY, April 14- Papua New Guinea's National Petroleum Company said it is looking to raise billions of dollars to help fund new oil and gas projects, as the South Pacific country battles a sharp slump in forecast revenue from a plunge in prices for the commodities. While prospects for new liquefied natural gas developments globally have been hammered by the...

  • *Singapore skips chance to further ease monetary policy. SYDNEY, April 14- Chinese shares fought to sustain yet another seven-year peak on Tuesday a day before the country updates on economic growth, while much of the rest of Asia took a breather after recent hefty gains. China's central bank continued to slowly relax its policy by guiding short-term money...

  • BEIJING, April 14- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said it had a range of measures to fight counterfeits on its websites- remarks that come after a trade group requested U.S. government help in prodding the Chinese e-commerce giant into action against fake goods. Concerns over fake products on Alibaba's platforms, including online marketplace Taobao, have dogged the...

  • FOREX-Yen broadly higher in Asia, euro under pressure Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 1:19 AM ET

    TOKYO/ SYDNEY, April 14- The euro brushed a fresh two-year low against a broadly firmer yen on Tuesday, as the Japanese currency doggedly held on to gains made in the previous session. Analysts and market participants said the trigger for investors to unwind their bearish yen positions overnight was comments from Koichi Hamada, an economic adviser to Japan's...

  • NEW YORK, April 14- JetBlue Airways Corp, the fifth biggest U.S. airline by passengers carried, consistently cancels flights sooner than rivals when storms pummel the U.S. Early cancellations reduce requests for refunds, JetBlue's Chief Executive Officer Robin Hayes told Reuters. At the same time, the four largest U.S. airlines- American Airlines Group Inc, Delta...

  • EXCLUSIVE-LABOR UNION SAYS COULD POSTPONE VOTE TO ORGANIZE BOEING'S NORTH CHARLESTON PLANT.

  • Outflows from four of the largest oil-specific exchange traded funds, including the largest U.S. Oil Fund, reached $338 million in two weeks to April 8, according to data from ThomsonReuters Lipper. If the exodus gathers pace it could signal new pressure on crude oil prices that had begun to stabilize at around $50 a barrel this year following their 60 percent...

  • EXCLUSIVE-UNION SAYS IT COULD POSTPONE VOTE IF FEELS IT IS NOT GAINING ENOUGH TRACTION WITH WORKERS AT THE FACTORY.

  • INSIGHT-Banks see talent flee amid healthcare M&A boom Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    JPMorgan Chase& Co and Bank of America have both lost senior healthcare investment bankers to boutique investment bank Guggenheim Partners, showing that banks face challenges in being able to pay competitive rates. Healthcare has been the busiest sector for deals so far this year, fueled by transactions such as Pfizer Inc's $17 billion offer for Hospira Inc...

  • NEW YORK, April 14- By one estimate U.S. online political advertising could quadruple to nearly $1 billion in the 2016 election, creating huge opportunities for digital strategy firms eager to capitalize on a shift from traditional mediums like television. These firms- mostly small, partisan and based in Washington and surrounding suburbs- have grown in...

  • NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina, April 14- Labor union officials say they could postpone a vote seeking to organize 3,000 workers at Boeing Co's factory here in South Carolina if their campaign fails to gain enough traction against fierce opposition from the company and local politicians. Organizers for the International Association of Machinists are...

  • SHANGHAI, April 14- Hong Kong stocks retreated on Tuesday morning after eight straight sessions of gains, as Tencent Holdings Ltd slumped after chief executive Pony Ma reduced his holdings in China's biggest social networking and online entertainment firm. The recent surge in Hong Kong stocks helped push Tencent's market capitalisation over $200 billion...

  • Indian regulator under fire over IPO bottleneck Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 12:31 AM ET

    MUMBAI, April 14- India's market regulator, under pressure to tighten scrutiny, is taking as long as a year to approve initial public offerings, prompting criticism from firms already grappling with unpredictable demand and a lack of alternative funding sources. India's stock market has soared, touching record highs last month. Investor demand has been...

  • SHANGHAI, April 14- China's yuan firmed slightly against the dollar on Tuesday after a five-day losing streak as corporate dollar sales helped offset the negative impact from the central bank's weak midpoint. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.1407 per dollar prior to market open, the lowest level since April 1. As such, the market would await...

  • In the best-known annual study of data breaches, a report from Verizon Communications Inc to be released on Wednesday found that more than two-thirds of the 290 electronic espionage cases it learned about in 2014 involved phishing, the security industry's term for trick emails. Because so many people click on tainted links or attachments, sending phishing...

  • Demand for newer cancer and multiple sclerosis treatments, price increases on branded medicines, particularly insulin products for diabetes, and the entry of few new generic versions of big-selling drugs also contributed to the double-digit spending rise in 2014, the report by IMS Health Holdings Inc found. "We certainly expect to see growth in the market...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 13- Hours after unveiling its next-generation "Vulcan" rocket, the company that launches most of America's satellites, United Launch Alliance, ran into its first problem- the rocket's name. "Vulcan is a trademark of Vulcan Inc. and we have informed ULA of our trademark rights," Chuck Beames, president of the Paul Allen-backed Vulcan...

  • *Singapore skips chance to further ease monetary policy. SYDNEY, April 14- Chinese shares extended their meteoric ascent to reach new heights on Tuesday, while much of the rest of Asia took a breather after recent hefty gains. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was a fraction softer at 513 and not far from September's peak of 516. A break...

  • *But global production remains high, China's economy seen slowing. Front-month Brent crude futures were trading up 52 cents a $58.45 a barrel by 0332 GMT, while U.S. crude had risen 63 cents to $52.54. From a fundamental perspective however, supply from the Middle East is expected to remain high, with Saudi Arabia and Iraqi production on the rise, " JP Morgan said in a...