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  • Hong Kong shares fall again, financials down Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 3:09 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Nov 18- Hong Kong shares fell again on Tuesday, as investors took profits from the landmark Shanghai- Hong Kong stock connect scheme. The Hang Seng Index unofficially closed down 1.1 percent, at 23,529.17 points. Tuesday's top loser was Li& Fung, which slid more than 3.5 percent.

  • *Venezuela, Russia discuss actions to defend oil prices. SINGAPORE, Nov 18- Brent crude slipped to $79 a barrel on Tuesday, dropping for a sixth day out of seven, as oil prices struggled to find a floor ahead of next week's critical OPEC meeting. A special global meeting was being planned "very soon", Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday, as Russia said the...

  • GUANGZHOU, China, Nov 18- Daimler AG will give its new luxury baby, the Mercedes-Maybach limousine, a glitzy world debut at this week's Guangzhou autoshow, even as analysts warn the end is nigh for China's 10- year high-end car sales boom. Instead, to cut costs and cushion potential discounts as luxury demand cools, they're starting or expanding production in China.

  • From Wednesday, China will host the World Internet Conference in eastern Zhejiang Province, an event designed to showcase China's rising standing in the global technology industry and its positions on internet governance issues. The event is being organised by China's newly formed Cyberspace Administration and will draw Chinese policymakers and top...

  • MUMBAI, Nov 19- The redevelopment of Mumbai's mostly derelict docklands will, if a government appointed panel has its way, create a waterfront where people living in the world's second most densely-populated city can go to lift their spirits, and the rich can go to play. "This is a real opportunity to give Mumbai what it doesn't have, to give it open space," said...

  • Cheap fares have helped easyJet and rival Ryanair win market share in the European short-haul travel sector, against traditional airlines like Air France-KLM and Lufthansa who have recently announced plans to compete more aggressively. The company, Europe's no.2 low-cost carrier after Ryanair, said forward bookings for the winter season were slightly...

  • *Hurdles to boosting Australian farm exports to China. SYDNEY, Nov 18- A trade deal signed with great fanfare between China and Australia has been touted as a major step towards Australia shifting its economy from a "mining boom" to a "dining boom," but the reality is likely to be more sobering. China is already Australia's top trading partner, with two-way trade of...

  • *Mirai to go on sale in Japan first on Dec. 15. *Honda delays sales start of its fuel cell car. Sales in the United States and Europe will follow in the fourth quarter of 2015, the world's biggest automaker said, unveiling the car simultaneously in California and Tokyo.

  • AstraZeneca trumpets progress in cancer, other drugs Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 2:20 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 18- AstraZeneca, determined to show it has a strong independent future after seeing off a $118 billion bid from Pfizer in May, said it had made good progress in developing a pipeline of new drugs. AstraZeneca executives will present further details at a six-hour investor meeting later on Tuesday. The event comes just eight days before British takeover...

  • Easyjet FY profit jumps 21.5 pct, lifts dividend Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 2:14 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 18- British low-cost airline easyJet reported a 21.5 percent jump in annual profit, in line with its expectations, prompting it to raise its dividend, as it guided that forward bookings were slightly ahead for the winter season. Europe's second-largest low-cost carrier behind Ryanair, easyJet on Tuesday posted a pretax profit of 581 million pounds...

  • Rouble edges lower in early trade Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 2:08 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Nov 18- Russia's rouble edged lower in early trade on Tuesday, losing ground against both the dollar and the euro as oil prices hovered near a four-year low. At 0706 GMT, the rouble was 0.14 percent weaker against the dollar at 47.17 and lost 0.14 percent to trade at 58.85 versus the euro. For rouble poll data see.

  • BEIJING, Nov 18- China's home prices slumped an annual 2.6 percent in October, shrugging off a range of government support measures in a nationwide downturn that threatens to stifle economic growth. News of slowing foreign direct investment rubbed salt in the house price wound, with overseas investment down 1.2 percent in the January-October period from a...

  • TOKYO, Nov 18- Asian stocks sagged on Tuesday amid profit taking in Hong Kong and Chinese markets, while Tokyo shares rebounded on expectations that Japan will opt for a snap election that may lead to fresh stimulus measures. Spreadbetters saw a slightly higher start for Europe in the wake of Japan's rebound, forecasting Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and...

  • TOKYO, Nov 18- Japanese stocks had their biggest gain in two weeks on Tuesday as investors waited to see if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will call a snap election and consider fresh steps to support the economy after it slipped into recession in the third quarter. The Nikkei benchmark closed 2.2 percent higher at 17,344.06, the biggest daily percentage gain since...

  • The comments, BuzzFeed said, came from Emil Michael, Uber's senior vice president for business, during a private dinner in New York last week. Over dinner, Michael outlined the notion of hiring a team that could, he said, help Uber fight back against the press- they'd look into "your personal lives, your families," and give the media a taste of its own medicine, according to...

  • U.S. Senate heads for vote on Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 18- Backers of the Keystone XL oil pipeline hope a vote in the U.S. Senate late on Tuesday will send a bill to the desk of President Barack Obama. Backers of the bill in the 100- seat Senate need 60 votes to prevent a filibuster by opponents. The Senate is expected to vote as early as 6:15 p.m. ET on the TransCanada Corp pipeline, which would transport...

  • JGBs slump, extend losses after poor 20-year auction Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:58 AM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 18- Japanese government bond prices fell on Tuesday, extending losses after an auction of 20- year bonds drew tepid bids despite a recent increase in the amount of buying by the Bank of Japan in the sector. The 20- year JGB auction produced the tail, or the gap between the lowest and average prices, of 0.41, much wider than 0.08 in the previous auction.

  • *Russia top oil executive Sechin due at next week's OPEC meeting. SINGAPORE, Nov 18- Brent crude slipped below $79 a barrel on Tuesday, headed for its sixth daily fall in seven, as oil prices struggle to find a floor ahead of next week's critical OPEC meeting. A special global meeting was being planned "very soon", Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday, as...

  • G20's new growth plans suspiciously long in the tooth Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:21 AM ET

    SYDNEY, Nov 18- As leaders of the world's 20 most powerful nations congratulate themselves on plans to boost economic growth, a closer look at their 800- plus policy proposals reveals a catalogue of measures that are either old, vague or unlikely to be implemented. Australia, the hosts of the Group of 20 meeting, claimed credit for a year-long effort to get members...