*Pilot scheme in Jakarta triggered overcrowding at hospitals. JAKARTA, May 20- When a sick Indonesian baby died after 10 hospitals in Jakarta turned her family away in February, critics blamed a pilot health insurance scheme that had overwhelmed the city's public hospitals.» Read More
Feb 13- US Airways Group Inc has spent years looking for a merger partner only to be turned away and labeled the "ugly girl" amid a wave of U.S. airline industry consolidation. Still, US Airways was caught off guard when American's parent AMR Corp filed for bankruptcy in November that year.
*Asahi Group Holdings soars on share buyback and record profit. TOKYO, Feb 14- Japan's Nikkei share average inched up in early trade on Thursday as robust earnings spurred on chipmakers and a handful of other companies.
SEOUL, Feb 14- South Korea's central bank held interest rates steady for a fourth straight month on Thursday, in line with market expectations, as the world's biggest economies show signs of improvement and domestic inflation remains low.
Feb 13- Mondelez International Inc reported weaker-than-expected revenue for the second time in its two quarters as an independent company, and its shares fell 3.7 percent in afterhours trade.
NEW YORK, Feb 13- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will propose a ban on Styrofoam, the substance commonly used for take-out food containers that is almost impossible to recycle.
HONG KONG, Feb 14- Hong Kong shares were set to start higher on Thursday, with local property developer Wharf Holdings rising 4.7 percent to be the top percentage gainer among Hang Seng Index components. The Hang Seng Index was set to open up 1.1 percent at 23,460.31.
SINGAPORE, Feb 14- London copper traded in a narrow range on Thursday, supported by signs of a revival in China's economic growth, but a week-long holiday there kept turnover light, while attention shifted to the G20 meeting at the weekend for cues on direction.
SEOUL, Feb 14- South Korea's central bank held interest rates steady for a fourth straight month on Thursday, in line with with market expectations, as the world's biggest economies show signs of improvement and domestic inflation remains low.
HONG KONG, Feb 14- Hong Kong shares may edge higher at the open on Thursday after a three day holiday, with investors remaining cautious ahead of a G20 meeting this weekend.
*AMR, US Air boards approve merger, deal announcement Thurs. NEW YORK, Feb 13- The boards of AMR Corp and US Airways Group Inc each met on Wednesday to approve a merger that would create the world's largest airline with an expected market value of around $11 billion, people familiar with the matter said. US Airways shareholders will own the rest.
WASHINGTON, Feb 13- The pomp and soaring rhetoric of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address roused his Capitol audience to standing ovations, but a day after, the U.S. Congress was no closer to achieving major accomplishments in 2013 than it was before Tuesday's speech.
*Brussels debate on 2030 targets likely to be very tough. BRUSSELS, Feb 14- One-hundred percent green energy for the European Union is realistic by the middle of the century provided the bloc signs up to ambitious energy policy goals for 2030, conservation body WWF said in a report on Thursday.
*Cisco results beat street amid signs of improvement. Feb 13- Cisco Systems Inc's quarterly results topped Wall Street views on Wednesday amid early signs tech spending was on the mend, but CEO John Chambers warned the picture was mixed and parts of Europe remained challenging.
A federal judge has dismissed antitrust lawsuits accusing Visa, MasterCard, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo of conspiring to fix automated teller machine fees.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 13- Nvidia gave a revenue outlook for the current quarter that missed expectations, pointing to a slowing PC industry and slower production of tablets using its chips ahead of the release of newer models. With PC sales losing ground to tablets, Nvidia is betting on its graphics expertise to make high-performance processors for mobile devices.
MOBILE, Ala., Feb 13- More than 4,220 people on the stricken cruise ship Carnival Triumph faced another night of what some have described as hellish conditions on Wednesday, as the company said it was offering passengers an additional $500.
SINGAPORE, Feb 14- Gold regained some strength on Thursday and recent losses were expected to trigger buying interest from jewellers in Asia after the Lunar New Year break, but firmer equities could limit gains.
*Adjusted EPS $0.24 vs Street view $0.22. TORONTO, Feb 13- Canada's Kinross Gold Corp reported on Wednesday a fourth-quarter net loss as an impairment charge related primarily to its Tasiast gold mine in West Africa outweighed a boost in revenue.
NEW YORK, Feb 13- The boards of AMR Corp and US Airways Group Inc separately met on Wednesday to approve a merger that would value the combined company at around $11 billion, people familiar with the matter said. The all-stock merger would give AMR creditors 72 percent of ownership in the merged entity and US Airways shareholders the rest, the people said.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan inches up, Nikkei opens up 0.2 pct. The MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan steadied, after rising 0.8 percent the day before. Central banks in South Korea and Japan announce policy decisions later in the session, with no change expected from either bank.