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  • *Copper ticks up after Tuesday's near 2 pct fall. SINGAPORE, April 16- London copper rose around half a percent on Wednesday to recoup some of last session's deep losses, but gains were capped by slowing growth in top metals consumer China.

  • SYDNEY, April 16- The premier of Australia's New South Wales state, Barry O'Farrell, resigned from his position on Wednesday after it was revealed that he had lied about accepting a A $3,000 bottle of wine as a gift.

  • TOKYO, April 16- Benchmark Japanese government bond prices edged down on Wednesday, against the backdrop of firmer equities, with JGB market moves limited by caution ahead of Thursday's sale of 20- year bonds.

  • BEIJING, April 16- China's economy grew at its slowest pace in 18 months in the first quarter of 2014, official data showed on Wednesday, with signs of waning momentum already prompting limited government action to steady the world's second-largest economy. It was China's slowest annual growth since the third quarter of 2012, when growth was also 7.4 percent.

  • *Nikkei leads the way encouraged by late rally on Wall St. SYDNEY, April 16- Asian share markets were mostly in the black on Wednesday after China reported economic growth a touch above forecasts, a relief for investors who had feared a much weaker outcome.

  • April 16- Australia's greenhouse gas emissions fell 0.8 percent in 2013, according to government data, driven by lower electricity demand and a bigger share of renewables in the energy mix. Despite the cuts, Australia's emissions per capita stand at 23.2 tonnes, among the highest in the world and nearly four times more than China.

  • FARGO, North Dakota/ BANGOR, Maine, April 15- The U.S. "If you commit to keeping rates low even as the recovery is proceeding, even as we continue to recover, I think people have a sense, the Fed has the recovery's back," Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Narayana Kocherlakota said at North Dakota State University.

  • China Q1 economic growth slows to 7.4 pct Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 PM ET

    BEIJING, April 16- China's annual economic growth slowed between January and March 2014 to 7.4 percent from 7.7 percent in the previous three months, but beat market expectations for growth of 7.3 percent, data showed on Wednesday.

  • TOKYO, April 16- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Wednesday after a better performance on Wall Street overnight, with index heavyweight SoftBank soaring after a strong earnings report from its Chinese e-commerce affiliate Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. The Nikkei share average rose 1.8 percent to 14,246.65, extending its rebound from a six-month low around 13,885 hit earlier this month.

  • UPDATE 1-BOJ Kuroda maintains positive view on economy Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 9:54 PM ET

    *Japan making headway in meeting price goal-Kuroda. TOKYO, April 16- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Wednesday affirmed its upbeat view of the economy, even as global financial markets wobble, stressing that growth will pick up around mid-year as the sting of a sales tax hike fades.

  • April 15- Starbucks Corp said it decided to move its European headquarters to the United Kingdom from the Netherlands following criticism over its low tax payments in Britain last year, The Times reported.

  • U.S. Fed's Kocherlakota says interested in bitcoin Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 9:19 PM ET

    FARGO, N.D., April 15- A top U.S. Federal Reserve official said on Tuesday he is interested in the fast-emerging bitcoin, although he scoffed at the idea that the virtual currency could replace the dollar.

  • METALS-Copper ticks up after losses, China data eyed Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 9:18 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, April 16- London copper rose around half a percent on Wednesday to recoup some of last session's losses, but trading was subdued ahead of Chinese data that could show the extent of slowdown in the world's top consumer of industrial metals. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange had added 0.4 percent to $6,566.50 a tonne by 0100 GMT.

  • TOKYO, April 16- The Bank of Japan will probably not ease monetary policy until July as the central bank chief's bullish outlook on prices has wiped out expectations of a move this month, a Reuters poll showed.

  • SINGAPORE, April 16- Gold was struggling near $1,300 an ounce on Wednesday, after sliding overnight on technical selling and fears of slackening demand in top consumer China. The metal's losses come despite heightened geopolitical tensions in Ukraine.

  • TOKYO, April 16- U.S. crude prices edged up a touch in Asian trade on Wednesday, but remained below $104 a barrel as investors were hesitant ahead of the release of Chinese data that could show the extent of a slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy.

  • FARGO, N.D., April 15- A top U.S. Federal Reserve official said on Tuesday he will "do what it takes" to get inflation to be around 2 percent, including raising rates sharply if prices unexpectedly start to spiral upward too quickly.

  • *European bond yields hit new lows as Ukraine tensions mount. SYDNEY, April 16- Asian markets took some comfort from a late spurt by Wall Street on Wednesday as investors tensed for a reading on Chinese economic growth, while rising tensions in Ukraine kept safe-haven sovereign debt well bid.

  • BOGOTA, April 15- Colombia's financial sector earned a net profit of 5.28 trillion pesos in February after heavy losses in January, thanks to lower market volatility, the country's financial regulator said on Tuesday. The sector lost 6.66 trillion pesos in January when the sector was buffeted by changes in monetary policy in the United States.

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- The Pentagon on Tuesday detailed $48.3 billion in cuts to major weapons programs like Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet that would kick in from fiscal 2016 to 2019 if Congress does not reverse automatic budget cuts that are to resume in 2016..