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  • A KEY FOCUS OF TALKS WAS ON JAPAN'S AGRICULTURAL "SANCTUARY" PRODUCTS, BEEF, PORK, DAIRY, WHEAT, RICE AND SUGAR- OFFICIAL.

  • US AND JAPAN ACHIEVED BREAKTHROUGH IN MARKET ACCESS IN BILATERAL TALKS ON TPP- SENIOR US OFFICIAL.

  • NO TPP AGREEMENT HAS YET BEEN REACHED, DETAILS STILL TO BE NEGOTIATED AND MORE WORK TO BE DONE- US OFFICIAL.

  • SINGAPORE, April 25- London copper futures hit a seven-week high on Friday and were headed for their best week in about a month on firm demand in top market China, although growing tensions in Ukraine curbed further gains. Premiums for spot copper in China have surged to levels last seen in 2010 amid strong seasonal demand this month.

  • "Yesterday's selling was overdone, and a steady performance on Wall Street overnight set the market on course for a rebound," said Soichiro Monji, chief strategist at Daiwa SB Investments in Tokyo. "And although this is not a huge factor, the slightly weaker-than-expected Tokyo CPI data reinforced hopes for further BOJ easing," he said.

  • Wal-Mart replaces China CEO in Asia leadership shuffle Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 10:34 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, April 25- U.S. retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc has appointed a new chief executive for the China region, where the world's largest retailer is battling stiff competition from local rivals. Sean Clarke, a Wal-Mart veteran and current chief operating officer in China, will take over the China CEO role from June 1, a statement from the firm said on Friday.

  • RPT-CORRECTED-Apple's sales boom in communist Vietnam Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 10:13 PM ET

    HANOI, April 24-- Communist Vietnam is suddenly Apple Inc's hottest market after sales there tripled in its fiscal first half, a growth rate five times faster than in India where it is spending heavily in a battle for market share. Vietnam has barely received a mention from Apple executives in their regular briefings for financial analysts.

  • METALS-Copper hits 7-week peak on firm China demand Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 9:34 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, April 25- London copper futures climbed to their highest level in seven weeks on Friday, buoyed by firm demand in top consumer China, while nickel edged off 14- month peaks. It was up $6 at $6,759 by 0114 GMT, after gaining $83 on Thursday.

  • TOKYO, April 25- The United States and Japan agreed in a joint statement on Friday that a key security treaty covers islands at the centre of a territorial dispute between Japan and China, and said they would continue working towards a bilateral trade deal after talks failed to reach a conclusion.

  • TOKYO, April 25- The United States and Japan agreed in a joint statement on Friday that a key security treaty covers islands at the centre of a territorial dispute between Japan and China, and said they would continue working towards a bilateral trade deal after talks failed to reach a conclusion.

  • SINGAPORE, April 25- U.S. crude futures held near $102 a barrel in early Asian trade on Friday, supported by supply disruption fears as Ukraine resumed its operation to disarm pro- Moscow separatists in the east of the country and retake their positions.

  • China's Baidu forecasts stronger-than-expected revenue Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 8:57 PM ET

    Chinese Internet company Baidu Inc forecast better-than-expected revenue for the second quarter.

  • SINGAPORE, April 25- U.S. wheat futures stretched gains to a fourth session running on Friday on supply risks due to dry U.S. weather and mounting tensions in Ukraine. *Chicago Board of Trade wheat for July delivery was up half a percent at $7.00 a bushel by 0049 GMT, adding to Thursday's 2 percent jump.

  • LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, April 24- Netflix Inc's streaming video subscription service will be integrated into TiVo Inc set-top boxes for customers of three of the smaller U.S. cable operators, the companies said on Thursday.

  • TOKYO, April 25- Asian stocks struggled to rise on Friday, as the impact of upbeat U.S. economic data and robust U.S. tech shares faced off against fears of an escalating Ukraine crisis that bolstered the safe-haven yen. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that time was running out for Moscow to change its course in Ukraine.

  • TOKYO, April 25- Core consumer prices in Tokyo, a leading indicator of nationwide inflation, rose 2.7 percent in April from a year earlier to mark the biggest gain in more than two decades, offering the first glimpse on how Japan's sales tax hike is pushing up prices across the board.

  • FOREX-Dollar under pressure on rising Ukraine tension Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 8:11 PM ET

    *Dollar near 1- week low vs yen on rising Ukraine tensions. TOKYO, April 25- The dollar came under pressure against the yen on Friday as rising tension in Ukraine undermined optimism about U.S. economic growth following strong U.S. durable goods data.

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 7 Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    April 25- For other related diaries, please. MEXICO CITY- Central Bank of Mexico publishes monetary policy statement. MOSCOW- Russian Central Bank holds rate setting meeting- 1000 GMT.

  • NEW YORK, April 24- Allergan Inc approached Shire Plc in recent months about a possible takeover but was rebuffed, according to people familiar with the matter, in the latest example of a U.S. drugmaker seeking to buy an overseas rival to lower its tax rate.

  • Tokyo core CPI rises to 22-yr high after April tax hike Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 7:40 PM ET

    TOKYO, April 25- Core consumer prices in Tokyo, a leading indicator of nationwide inflation, rose 2.7 percent in April from a year earlier, the fastest gain since 1992 as an increase in Japan's sales tax drove up prices across the board. Consumer price data for the Tokyo area is released one month ahead of nationwide data.