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  • TOKYO, Dec 14- Japanese business sentiment held steady in the three months to December, a closely-watched central bank survey showed, offering some relief to policymakers worried that global economic uncertainties could undermine corporate readiness to spend. Big companies largely maintained their upbeat capital expenditure plans for the year to March...

  • TOKYO, Dec 14- Confidence at big Japanese manufacturers held steady in the three months to December but is seen worsening ahead, a closely watched central bank survey showed on Monday. The headline index for big manufacturers' sentiment stood at plus 12 in December, unchanged from three months ago, the Bank of Japan's quarterly "tankan" survey showed.

  • *Yuan fix eyed after China launches trade-weighted index. Data on Saturday showed factory output growth in China accelerated to a five-month high in November, while retail sales expanded at an annual 11.2 percent pace- the strongest this year. So while the dollar, euro and yen were little changed from late New York levels, the Australian dollar- often used as a...

  • Dec 13- Third Avenue Management LLC has parted ways with Chief Executive Officer David Barse after the collapse of the company's junk bond fund last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing sources familiar with the matter. The collapse of Third Avenue's Focused Credit Fund jolted Wall Street and renewed worries about the difficulty of trading...

  • Dec 13- Third Avenue Management LLC has parted ways with Chief Executive Officer David Barse after the collapse of the company's junk bond fund last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing sources familiar with the matter. A security guard at Third Avenue's New York headquarters said on Sunday that Barse had been let go and was not allowed back in...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 13- Pop star Taylor Swift's "1989 World Tour Live" concert video will be available exclusively on Apple Inc's music streaming service, Apple Music, starting Dec. 20, Apple said on the service's Twitter account on Sunday. The trailer's description listed Jonas Akerlund as the video's director. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said in October the music...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 13- Pop star Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour-Live concert video will be available exclusively on Apple Inc's music streaming service, Apple Music, starting Dec. 20, Apple said in a tweet from Apple Music's Twitter account on Sunday. Apple introduced Apple Music in June. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said in October the music streaming service had...

  • NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL SOLICITS HELP FROM THE PUBLIC IN. WASHINGTON, Dec 13- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman invited the public on Sunday to test the speed of their Internet and submit the results online as part of an ongoing probe into whether large providers may be short-changing customers with slower-than-advertised speeds.

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  • Six years earlier, countries had bitterly walked away from global climate talks in Copenhagen without a deal. The decision to reassemble in Paris to try again at getting almost 200 countries to sign a pact on cutting carbon emissions was a gamble: another collapse could the end world's ability to forge a common approach to dealing with climate change.

  • *Egypt depends on imports, forex shortage hampering trade. CAIRO, Dec 13- Egypt's central bank injected more foreign currency liquidity into the banking system in a surprise operation on Sunday, bankers said, the latest in a series of steps aimed at ending a foreign exchange shortage that had seen goods pile up at ports. A dollar injection has been anticipated...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 13- Ron Howard's "In the Heart of the Sea" sunk at the box office, mustering up a measly $11 million after debuting in 3,103 theaters. With an $100 million production budget, the film will likely result in a steep write down for Warner Bros., the studio behind the seafaring epic. "We stand behind Ron and his vision for the story," said Jeff Goldstein, Warner...

  • CAIRO, Dec 13- Egypt's central bank injected more foreign currency liquidity into the banking system in a surprise operation on Sunday, offering dollars at the slightly weaker rate of 7.7401 pounds, bankers said. They said the central bank announced the move suddenly, shortly before the end of the working day during which a routine auction had seen the central...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 13- Ron Howard's "In the Heart of the Sea" sunk at the box office, mustering up a measly $11 million after debuting in 3,103 theaters. With an $100 million production budget, the film will likely result in a steep write down for Warner Bros., the studio behind the seafaring epic. The studio did catch a break over Thanksgiving when "Creed" emerged as a sleeper...

  • BUDAPEST, Dec 13- Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Sunday he was ready to lead his ruling Fidesz party in 2018 national elections, aiming to become prime minister for a third consecutive term. "I would like to make it clear to you that in 2 years' time, if the trust is there, I am ready to lead you in the election fight and... if we win, to continue my work at the head...

  • BEIJING, Dec 13- Guo Guangchang, one of China's best-known entrepreneurs, is helping police with an investigation that mostly concerns his personal affairs, the president of Guo's investment conglomerate Fosun International said on Sunday. Fosun had confirmed on Friday that Guo, a self-styled student of investor Warren Buffett, was assisting authorities...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 13- It has only been six years since the U.S. stock market rout brought on by the financial crisis, but as far as Deena Katz's clients are concerned, that might as well be ancient history. "People have a thirty-second memory," said Katz, 65, co-chairman at Evensky& Katz/Foldes Financial Wealth Management. Investors have taken home an average 7.5 percent in...

  • ZURICH, Dec 13- Switzerland should let in at least 50,000 immigrants a year even if unemployment rises, the head of the Swiss employers association said, appealing to the right-wing People's Party to be flexible in stemming the influx of foreigners. Switzerland threatened this month to impose unilateral curbs on immigration from the European Union should it...

  • BEIJING, Dec 13- Guo Guangchang, one of China's best-known entrepreneurs, is helping police with an investigation that focuses mostly on his personal affairs, the president of Guo's investment conglomerate Fosun International said on Sunday. Fosun had confirmed on Friday that Guo, a self-styled student of investor Warren Buffett, was assisting authorities...

  • A Chinese man wears a protective face mask as he passes by the CCTV building on a day of heavy pollution on November 30, 2015 in Beijing, China.

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