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  • LONDON, Dec 11- Google said it was closing its news-linking service in Spain next week due to new legislation under which publishers can charge search engines for using their content. In a statement, the global Internet search giant said the new law makes the Google News service unsustainable and that, "with real sadness", it will remove Spanish publishers from...

  • BANGKOK, Dec 11- Thailand's economy may expand by less than 1 percent in 2014 due to weak exports and slow government spending, Finance Minister Sommai Phasee said on Thursday. The government of Southeast Asia's second-largest economy has already trimmed its outlook four times this year as the country struggles to recover from months of political turmoil...

  • Putin's one-day visit to India comes at a time when Russia is at odds with the West over Ukraine, and its economy is stalling as oil prices tumble to their lowest in five years. The tension over Ukraine intruded on the choreographed visit when it emerged that the leader of Crimea, the former Ukrainian territory annexed by Russia, had travelled with Putin to India...

  • Hong Kong shares close down on China, global jitters Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 3:11 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Dec 11- Hong Kong shares finished lower on Thursday weighed down by weakness in both China and overseas markets. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were CGN Power Co Ltd., up 9.4 percent at HK $3.62 China Jinhai International Group, up 12.7 percent at HK $0.07 and Bank Of China, down 1.4 percent at HK $4.10. Chinese investment...

  • European shares fall for fourth session in a row Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 3:07 AM ET

    PARIS, Dec 11- European shares fell in early trading on Thursday, losing ground for the fourth session in a row, as the slump in oil and iron ore prices knocked resource-related shares lower and fuelled worries over the pace of global growth. At 0805 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.1 percent at 1,355.87 points. Oil services stocks...

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Once at the forefront of the fight again global warming, Japan is now facing calls from other big economies such as China to set fresh emissions targets as Tokyo increases its use of dirty coal energy to replace nuclear. Japan now finds itself alongside India and Russia, the world's third- and fourth-biggest polluters, by not yet declaring goals.

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 11- China's central bank will risk creating asset bubbles if it cuts reserve requirement ratios to boost banks' lending power, but analysts reckon it has little choice with the economy growing at its slowest in decades. Chinese banks want the People's Bank of China to cut the RRR, which will release trillions of yuan into the economy, as their deposit...

  • ASTON MARTIN AIMS TO DIVERSIFY INTO SEDANS, CROSSOVERS, ELECTRIFICATION- SOURCES.

  • *Looking to raise 100- 150 mln stg in debt or equity-source. PARIS/ LONDON, Dec 11- Aston Martin is preparing to raise funds to expand its range of models into new areas including crossover SUVs, two sources with knowledge of the matter said, as the loss-making sports car maker steps up its turnaround efforts under a new boss. Aston Martin, James Bond's carmaker of...

  • COMPANY WOULD NEED TO RAISE 100-150 MLN POUNDS IN DEBT OR EQUITY FROM CURRENT SHAREHOLDERS- SOURCE.

  • ASTON MARTIN PREPARING TO RAISE CAPITAL, EXPAND TURNAROUND PLAN- SOURCES.

  • *Coming up: U.S. Weekly jobless claims, retail sales. SINGAPORE, Dec 11- Gold reversed early gains to move further away from a seven-week high on Thursday as the dollar got some respite against the yen, dulling the metal's appeal as a hedge. Gold tends to fall in tandem with oil as weaker energy prices dull the metal's appeal as a hedge against oil-led inflation.

  • *Fitch expects to downgrade Japan early next year. TOKYO, Dec 11- Fitch Ratings said it expects to downgrade Japan's credit rating sometime early next year after the government delayed a sales tax hike, which would follow a similar downgrade by Moody's as concerns grow about the country's unprecedented debt pile. Fitch wants to see what type of budget Japan...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 11- The rouble edged higher in early trade on Thursday, reversing some of the previous session's losses, as the market expected the Russian central bank to raise rates at its policy meeting. The Russian currency has slumped almost 40 percent since June on falling oil prices, an economic slowdown and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis that have...

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Three Japanese automakers will recall more than half a million cars globally to replace air bag inflators made by Takata Corp, bringing the total tally of Takata- related recalls across all brands to around 20 million since 2008.. The recalls announced on Thursday by Honda Motor, Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors correspond with a similar,...

  • NEW DELHI, Dec 11- Russia's state-owned Rosatom said it would supply 12 nuclear energy reactors for India over 20 years, under an agreement aimed at boosting nuclear energy cooperation signed by the two countries during a summit in New Delhi on Thursday. A 1,000- megawatt reactor is operating at the Russian-built Kudankulam power station in India's Tamil Nadu...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 11- As insurance products denominated in Chinese yuan see rapid growth in Hong Kong, concerns over insurers' heavy reliance on mainland Chinese partners to invest premium income and generate returns are also rising. Policies issued in yuan accounted for 10.8 percent of new insurance business written in Hong Kong last year, and are expected be make...

  • *Momo says CEO accused by former employer NetEase. BEIJING, Dec 11- Chinese mobile chat app firm Momo Inc, backed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, said its CEO will fight allegations of misconduct and corruption made by his former employer, as it prepares to debut on Nasdaq. In a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, Momo said the allegations...

  • Rouble slightly stronger at market opening Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 2:12 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 11- The rouble strengthened slightly at market opening on Thursday, reversing some of the previous session's losses, before the Russian central bank's monetary policy meeting later in the day.

  • China stocks end lower on slide in brokerages, IPO woes Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 2:09 AM ET

    The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 1.2 percent, to 3,183.01, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.5 percent, to 2,925.74 points. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Baotou Steel, up 6.0 percent to 4.45 yuan; China Shipbuilding, down 0.8 percent to 8.39 yuan and Hainan Airline, up 9.9 percent to 3.44 yuan.