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*SoftBank gains after Dish says abandons Sprint bid. TOKYO, June 19- Japan's Nikkei average hit a one-week high on Wednesday, with traders citing the launch of a near $780 million investment trust as a driving factor, while SoftBank Corp rose as it looked likely to win the battle for Sprint Nextel.
Thailand has piled up about 17 million tonnes of milled rice since the scheme started in October 2011, and with warehouses filled to brim it's running out of space for the next crop that will start arriving in November this year.
*Obama makes first trip to Berlin as U.S. president. BERLIN, June 19- President Barack Obama will unveil plans for a sharp reduction in nuclear warheads in a landmark speech at the Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday that comes 50 years after John F. Kennedy declared "Ich bin ein Berliner" in a defiant Cold War address.
TOKYO, June 18- The dollar steadied against its major counterparts in Asia on Wednesday as investors held their collective breath awaiting the outcome of the Federal Reserve's rate-setting meeting for signals on the future course of U.S. monetary policy.
*Yuan at 6.1299/ dlr in early afternoon. SHANGHAI, June 19- China's yuan was little changed on Wednesday, despite data showing declining capital inflows, as dealers reported continued strong demand for the currency.
LONDON, June 19- AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb's diabetes drug Onglyza failed to reduce heart risks in a large clinical study.
TOKYO, June 19- Japan's Nikkei hit a one-week high on Wednesday, with traders citing the launch of a near $780 million investment trust as a driver, while SoftBank Corp rose as it looked likely to win the battle for Sprint Nextel.
WASHINGTON/ KABUL- The United States and the Taliban raised hopes for a negotiated peace in Afghanistan with commitments to meet this week after 12 years of bloody and costly war between American-led forces and the insurgents.
*Syria peace conference unlikely before Aug- source. SINGAPORE, June 19- Brent crude futures held above $106 a barrel on Wednesday as investors looked to a Federal Reserve meeting for clues on the outlook for a U.S. stimulus programme that has underpinned commodity prices. Brent futures for August delivery had gained 13 cents to $106.15 a barrel by 0522 GMT.
*Syria peace conference unlikely before Aug- source. SINGAPORE, June 19- Brent crude futures held above $106 a barrel on Wednesday as investors looked to a Federal Reserve meeting for clues on the outlook for a U.S. stimulus programme that has underpinned commodity prices. Brent futures for August delivery had edged down 1 cent to $106.01 a barrel by 0310 GMT.
PARIS, June 19- A feeling in France that the European Union no longer works in its interest is fueling tensions between Paris and Brussels and adding pressure on President Francois Hollande to be more assertive in Europe.
*Japan logs trade deficit for 11th straight month. TOKYO, June 19- Japan's exports rose in May at the fastest annual rate in more than two years with the help of a weak yen and a moderate pick-up in global demand, boding well for the government's efforts to steer the economy through market turbulence.
WASHINGTON, June 19- Federal Reserve policymakers will likely announce on Wednesday that they will keep buying bonds at a monthly pace of $85 billion, while keeping their options open to scale back the program later this year if the U.S. labor market continues to improve. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will hold a news conference 30 minutes later.
Snow Capital identified the potential in hospital shares early on and has holdings in Community Health Systems Inc and Health Management Associates Inc.. Since the start of the year, shares of the largest publicly traded hospital chain, HCA Holdings Inc, are up 34 percent, while No. 2 Community Health has climbed 71 percent.
WASHINGTON, June 19- Where have all the carpenters gone? "Right now I have framing material sitting on the job site with the foundation on the ground," said Stephen Paul, executive vice president at Mid-Atlantic Builders in Rockville, Maryland. "
*Mengniu spikes after $1.6 bln Yashili takeover offer. HONG KONG, June 19- China shares tested six-month lows, sinking Hong Kong markets, as a cash squeeze in the mainland lingered and official news reports on Wednesday dampened hopes for policy easing.
TOKYO/ SYDNEY, June 18- The dollar drifted lower against the yen in Asia on Wednesday but major currency moves were small as investors waited the outcome of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting and hoped for some clear signals on the future of U.S. monetary policy.
June 18- Netflix Inc will launch its TV and movie streaming service in The Netherlands later this year, expanding its reach further into Europe, the company said on Tuesday.
SYDNEY, June 19- Japanese stocks rose on Wednesday, thanks to a positive lead from Wall Street plus a softer yen, outperforming the rest of Asia which anxiously seeks clarity on the Federal Reserve's next policy step. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.3 percent, led by a 1.3 percent fall in mainland Chinese stocks.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 18- California state legislators on Tuesday told regulators and oil industry lobbyists they wanted more information about the use of acid to increase flows in wells in a technique that is used more often in the state than the controversial fracking method.