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  • WEST AFRICA INCLUDING MALI, IVORY COAST, SENEGAL, SHOULD PREPARE FOR POSSIBLE ARRIVAL OF DEADLY EBOLA VIRUS WITH TRAVELLERS- WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION.

  • WHO NOT CONSIDERING RECOMMENDATION OF TRAVEL OR TRADE RESTRICTIONS ON EBOLA-AFFECTED GUINEA, SIERRA LEONE AND LIBERIA- WHO EXPERT SAYS.

  • BEIJING, June 27- A number of Chinese fishermen are missing after a trawler sank in waters to the north of a group of islands disputed with Japan in the East China Sea, state media said on Friday, though it was unclear what had caused the sinking in highly sensitive waters.

  • BEIJING, June 27- A number of Chinese fishermen are missing after a trawler sank in waters to the north of a group of islands disputed with Japan in the East China Sea, state media said on Friday. The incident happened on Friday morning, the official Xinhua news agency said citing naval sources, near the islands which China calls the Diaoyus and Japan the Senkakus.

  • *Sees 2014 current account surplus at $11.7 bln vs $0.7 bln surplus earlier. BANGKOK, June 27- Thailand's central bank cut its export growth forecast for this year to 3.0 percent from 4.5 percent, raised its inflation forecast and said this year's current-account surplus should be much larger than earlier projected.

  • SEOUL, June 27- North Korea's closed economy rose last year at a slightly slower pace compared to 2013, South Korea's central bank data showed on Friday, even as the United Nations toughened sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. Reclusive North Korea does not release economic data.

  • Rolls-Royce, Airbus help European shares higher Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 4:30 AM ET

    *Engine deal helps Rolls and Airbus. Rolls-Royce rose 1.4 percent, one of the FTSEurofirst 300' s biggest gains, after Reuters exclusively reported that Airbus is close to deciding to upgrade its A330 with engines from the UK- listed company. Airbus also rose 1.4 percent, to the top of France's CAC 40 index.

  • *Vietnam, Thailand likely to be biggest supppliers of any extra imports. MANILA, June 27- The Philippines, one of the world's biggest rice buyers, will loosen restrictions on imports of the grain, potentially boosting opportunities for key suppliers in the region such as Vietnam and Thailand.

  • Hong Kong shares end mixed as insurers weigh Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 4:17 AM ET

    HONG KONG, June 27- Hong Kong shares ended mixed on Friday after strong gains in the previous session, with weakness in insurance stocks weighing on sentiment. The China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong slipped 0.3 percent.

  • SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, June 27- China's Shanxi Coal International Energy Group said it was suing the company at the center of the alleged metals financing fraud at Qingdao port and its parent for over $177 million in missed payments the two had guaranteed, a move that suggests the scandal is starting to affect other sectors in China.

  • *New Zealand dollar hits three-year highs, eyes post-float peak. LONDON, June 27- The dollar looked set for a second week of losses on Friday, reduced to more than one-month low against the yen after a string of poor U.S. economic data that gave investors no reason to expect higher interest rates soon.

  • LONDON, June 27- Brent crude oil steadied around $113 a barrel on Friday, consolidating after one of its biggest weekly falls this year as investors unwound positions on reduced concerns over exports from strife-torn Iraq.

  • China shares end week mixed, metal firms strong Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 3:16 AM ET

    HONG KONG, June 27- China shares ended mixed on Friday but recouped some early losses as gains in growth-sensitive metal producers offset a weaker insurance sector. Ping An Insurance Group Co of China shed 1.0 percent, while China Pacific Insurance Group slid 2.8 percent, extending losses after closing at its highest this year on Tuesday.

  • EDINBURGH, June 27- European shares steadied on Friday, supported by gains in British engine maker Rolls-Royce but still set for its first weekly drop since April. Rolls Royce gained 1.1 percent after Reuters exclusively reported that Airbus is close to a decision to upgrade its A330 with engines provided by the UK- listed company.

  • SEOUL, June 27- South Korea's industrial output shrank the most in over five years in May, adding to signs the economic recovery is losing momentum and lending credence to the growing view the central bank would delay the start of rate hikes to support growth.

  • *China finds $15 bln of loans tied to falsified gold deals. SINGAPORE, June 27- Gold climbed towards a two-month high on Friday and looked set to post its fourth straight weekly gain, as weak U.S. data on consumer spending hurt the dollar. "The technical profile suggests potential for a near-term push to the $1,370- 72 area," ANZ analysts said.

  • *Receding worries about supply from Iraq drag on prices. SINGAPORE, June 27- Brent crude fell below $113 a barrel on Friday, on track for its biggest weekly loss since January as investors unwound positions on reduced concerns over exports from strife-torn Iraq.

  • June 26- Amazon.com' s Asia unit will provide back-end support in a venture with an Indian private investment firm formed by Infosys Ltd co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy that aims to help get Indian companies online.

  • TOKYO, June 27- Japan's Nikkei share average fell to its lowest in 1-1/ 2 weeks on Friday as investors took profits, while overall sentiment suffered from brewing concerns over a weak U.S. economy and the yen's strength. The Nikkei closed down 1.4 percent at 15,095.00, the lowest closing level since June 17. For the week, the index dropped 1.7 percent.

  • WASHINGTON/ MUMBAI, June 27- India's Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to launch a cheaper copy of Novartis AG's blood pressure pill Diovan, bolstering its outlook after a raft of regulatory bans for poor production quality at its India facilities dented investor sentiment.