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Gox appears to be taken down, shortly after six major Bitcoin exchanges released a joint statement distancing themselves from the troubled Tokyo- based bitcoin exchange. On Sunday, Mark Karpeles, chief executive of Mt. Gox, resigned from the board of the Bitcoin Foundation, in a blow to the digital currency.
*Yuan falls below midpoint for first time since Sept, 2012. HONG KONG, Feb 25- China's spot yuan fell below the official midpoint rate for the first time since September 2012 on Tuesday, as economists and traders suspected the central bank had intervened to add volatility to the currency in preparation for reform.
BANGKOK, Feb 25- Thai exports fell in January and imports slumped, reflecting the deepening toll prolonged political unrest is taking on the economy and increasing pressure on the central bank to cut already-low interest rates.
*Industrial Bank partially halts funding ahead of more policy. HONG KONG, Feb 25- China shares hovered at their lowest in more than two weeks early on Tuesday, limiting gains in Hong Kong, with property developers staying under pressure as fears lingered the government would impose more lending curbs on the sector.
*Libya puts ministries under special budget rules after oil revenue slump. SINGAPORE, Feb 25- Brent futures eased on Tuesday on expectations U.S. crude stockpiles rose for a second straight week, but held above $110 a barrel on concerns over supply following prolonged outages in Libya and other exporters.
TORONTO, Feb 24- Canada's housing market is at risk of a meaningful correction, Nouriel Roubini said on Monday, though the economist known as "Dr.
*Gold faces resistance zone of $1,335- $1,338-. SINGAPORE, Feb 25- Gold ticked lower on Tuesday but held near its strongest level in four months, underpinned by concerns about economic growth in China and nervousness over Ukraine after acting President Oleksander Turchinov warned that his country was close to default.
SYDNEY, Feb 25- The Australian government said on Tuesday it is looking at ways to assist Qantas Airways Ltd after the carrier declined to comment on reports it is preparing to axe up to 5,000 jobs and sell some assets.
LIMA, Feb 24- Peru's President Ollanta Humala reappointed his finance minister in a major cabinet reshuffle late on Monday that also replaced the mines minister and made the current housing minister his fifth prime minister.
Hagel announced the decision during a preview of the Pentagon's fiscal 2015 budget proposal, saying that growing threats in the Asia-Pacific region in particular meant the Navy needed to develop new small surface ships that could operate "in every region and along the full spectrum of conflict."
MELBOURNE, Feb 25- Canada's Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has not yet decided whether to run for office again in the 2015 general election, he told Reuters on Tuesday, amid speculation he may step down before then to attend to health issues.
The plan by Representative Dave Camp, chairman of the tax-writing House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, would also reduce the seven existing U.S. tax brackets to two, which would be set at 10 percent and 25 percent, according to the Post.
HONG KONG, Feb 25- China's yuan fell below the official midpoint fixing for the first time since September 2012, during morning trade on Tuesday. The People's Bank of China fixed the yuan midpoint at 6.1184.
*Softbank gains on report it is seeking stake in Line Corp. TOKYO, Feb 25- The Nikkei average advanced to a 3-1/ 2- week peak on Tuesday after a rally in Wall Street shares to historic highs triggered short-covering in battered Japanese stocks.
SEOUL/ TOKYO, Feb 25- South Korea's Naver Corp said it had no plans to sell a stake in its mobile-messaging service Line Corp after a media report that Japan's SoftBank Corp was seeking to buy part of the fast-growing mobile app operator. Naver, whose shares shot up more than 8 percent on Tuesday on the report, denied it was discussing a possible sale.
SYDNEY, Feb 25- London copper on Tuesday bounced from its lowest in more than two weeks hit the day before, as worries about a crackdown on Chinese property development faded and major mergers in the United States boosted hopes that an economic revival was gaining steam.
FLAHERTY DECLINES TO COMMENT ON REMARKS BY ROUBINI THAT BANK OF CANADA SHOULD USE MONETARY POLICY TO WEAKEN C$.
FLAHERTY DOES NOT RULE OUT FURTHER INTERVENTION IN MORTGAGE MARKET BUT SAYS HAS NO PRESENT INTENTION TO DO SO.
FLAHERTY SAYS CANADA GOVERNMENT'S AUTO INVESTMENT FUND IS AVAILABLE FOR INVESTMENTS IN PLANTS, EQUIPMENT.
FLAHERTY SAYS KEEPING CLOSE EYE ON HOUSING AGENCY CMHC'S MORTGAGE INSURANCE BUSINESS.