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LONDON, March 28- The euro and benchmark German bond yields slid to three-week lows on Friday as a surprise fall in Spanish inflation bolstered investors' bets the European Central Bank will ease policy next week to ward off the threat of deflation.
*China investment promise boosts basic resources. LONDON, March 28- European shares rose in early deals on Friday and looked set to post gains for a second straight week after basic resources stocks received a boost from plans by China to boost investment.
BANGKOK, March 28- Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL, Thailand's largest meat and animal-feed producer, aims to have foreign operations contribute three-quarters of revenue within five years, to meet demand in quick-growing emerging markets and offset a slowdown at home.
REUTERS SUMMIT-THAI CP FOODS CEO AIMS FOR 75 PCT FOREIGN REVENUE OVER 5 YEARS FROM 65 PCT NOW.
REUTERS SUMMIT-CP FOODS SEES 7-8 PCT ANNUAL DOMESTIC SALES GROWTH, 15 PCT FOREIGN GROWTH.
REUTERS SUMMIT-CP FOODS AIMS TO CUT NET DEBT-TO-EQUITY RATIO TO BELOW 1 OVER 3 YEARS FROM 1.26 AT END 2013.
REUTERS SUMMIT-CP FOODS PLANS TO SELL PART OF C.P.
HONG KONG, March 28- China's top offshore oil producer, CNOOC Ltd, posted an 11.4 percent slide in its 2013 net profit on Friday, lagging analysts' forecasts, as it struggled to deliver production growth and control costs amid weakening crude prices.
TOKYO, March 28- A deadline for a court-mandated investigation into why bitcoin exchange Mt. The Tokyo District Court had set a Friday deadline for Nobuaki Kobayashi, a partner at Nagashima Ohno& Tsunematsu, to report on his investigation into the collapse last month of what was once the world's largest bitcoin exchange.
PARIS, March 28- French gas and power group GDF Suez said on Friday it has signed a deal to sell U.S. liquefied natural gas to CPC Corporation of Taiwan. GDF Suez will deliver 800,000 tonnes of LNG per year to CPC over a 20- year period starting 2018. The gas will be sourced from the Cameron LNG plant in the United States.
LONDON, March 28- The euro fell to three-week low against the dollar on Friday, with investors wary given strong rhetoric from European Central Bank officials about its recent strength and awaiting German inflation data that could undermine it further.
SINGAPORE, March 28- Twenty-one of the world's top-25 news organisations have been the target of likely state-sponsored hacking attacks, according to research by two Google security engineers.
HONG KONG, March 28- China's top offshore oil producer CNOOC Ltd posted a 11.4 percent slide in its 2013 net profit on Friday, lagging analysts' forecasts, as it struggled to deliver production growth and control costs amid weakening crude prices.
ALMATY, March 27- A consortium developing Kazakhstan's $50 billion Kashagan oilfield said the result of a probe into a toxic gas leak there was now expected in the second quarter, extending the closure of one of the world's biggest oil finds.
LONDON, March 28- European equities edged higher on Friday, led by basic resources shares on expectations any move by China to step up infrastructure spending would boost demand for industrial metals.
SHANGHAI, March 28- Hong Kong shares rose on Friday on the back of strong bank earnings, helping the benchmark index have its best weekly performance since mid-February. The China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong closed up 1.3 percent, contributing to its best weekly performance since the week ending Nov. 22.
MUMBAI, March 28- After waiting nearly two years, India's GMR Energy plans to file an IPO prospectus in coming days to raise about $250 million, sources with direct knowledge of the deal said, starting what bankers hope is an election-fuelled revival in equity raising.
BANGKOK, March 28- Thai rice prices have been tumbling and are expected to keep dropping over the next few weeks as more supply comes to market and after the government was forced to shelve a controversial scheme to support farmers.
SYDNEY, March 28- London copper edged higher on Friday, moving further away from more than three-year lows hit earlier this month, as hopes for stimulus in top metals user China put it on target for its biggest weekly rise in six months.
MILAN, March 28- Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy's biggest retail bank, posted a net loss of 4.55 billion euros on Friday, due to heavy writedowns on bad loans and impairments on some units, but said it was now on course to rebuild profits.