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  • *Yuan seen falling below 6.2370, its March 21 low. SHANGHAI, April 22- China's yuan eased against the dollar on Tuesday after a weaker official midpoint fixing for the third straight day, signalling that the monetary authorities have no intention of letting the yuan reverse its recent weakness for now, traders said.

  • SYDNEY/ TOKYO, April 22- The dollar inched up to fresh two-week highs against both the yen and a basket of major currencies on Tuesday, following a subdued session overnight with many global financial centres shut for the Easter long-weekend.

  • BEIJING, April 22- Hong Kong shares eased on Tuesday, with a sell-off in China Resource Power Holdings Co Ltd and its subsidiaries weighing on index performance after the parent company's chairman was snared in a graft investigation. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong dropped 0.8 percent.

  • HANOI, April 22- Prices for rice exports from Vietnam have risen 2-3 percent in the last few days as harvesting comes to an end and as two state-owned companies look set to win the Philippines' biggest order for the grain in three years.

  • Spying intrusions traced back to any country in 2013 were blamed on residents of China and other East Asian nations 49 percent of the time, but Eastern European countries, especially Russian-speaking nations, were the suspected launching site for 21 percent of breaches, Verizon Communications Inc's said in its annual Data Breach Investigations Report.

  • SHANGHAI, April 22- China's regulator posted draft initial public offering prospectuses for 18 Chinese firms on Monday, bringing the total number of potential issuers up to 46, with state media estimating they could raise as much as 22.6 billion yuan from investors.

  • WASHINGTON, April 22- The U.S. consumer financial watchdog warned on Tuesday that some student loan borrowers could be thrown into default if relatives who co-signed their loans die or declare bankruptcy.

  • The ACSI Travel Index is based on random interviews with more than 7,400 U.S. customers of airlines, hotels and Internet travel websites from October 2013 to March 2014.

  • The U.S.-listed healthcare firm signed a sweetened merger agreement after the consortium raised its offer to $24 per share from its original $19.50 per share, Chindex said in a statement late on Monday. The rival group declined to bid further, Chindex said.

  • *Weakness in China depresses Asian shares, despite Wall St. *Tensions in Ukraine still seen as a risk. Although Japan's Nikkei share average held onto marginal gains and was up 0.3 percent, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was almost flat, while trading not far from a six-month high hit earlier this month.

  • *Ukraine tensions fail to lift metal. Geopolitical tensions in Ukraine failed to lift gold's safe-haven appeal, underscoring bearish sentiment in the market. "There's no doubt that the technical picture in gold looks very sloppy, especially if key support between $1,277- $1,280 gives way," said INTL FCStone analyst Edward Meir.

  • *Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels dig in. SINGAPORE, April 22- Brent futures held near a six-week high above $110 a barrel on Tuesday on worries a pact to calm tensions in Ukraine was faltering, although expectations of a gain in U.S. crude stockpiles weighed on prices.

  • SINGAPORE, April 22- Nickel futures hit their highest in more than 14 months on Tuesday as an Indonesian ban on mineral ore exports kept supplies tight, with tensions in Ukraine also posing a risk to flows from key producer Russia.

  • Taiwan govt says to push on with planned nuclear plant Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 10:41 PM ET

    TAIPEI, April 22- Taiwan's premier has rejected opposition demands to halt construction of a controversial atomic power plant, sparking threats of street protests from anti-nuclear campaigners.

  • *Asset size of GPIF larger than economy of Mexico. TOKYO, April 22- Japan overhauled the world's biggest public pension fund on Tuesday, appointing new committee members, in a push toward Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's goal of a more aggressive investment strategy.

  • *Ukraine tensions keep some investors on edge. TOKYO, April 22- Japanese shares advanced on Tuesday, taking heart from a solid session on Wall Street, but gains were limited below the two-week intraday high marked the previous day on caution over upcoming earnings reports and tensions in Ukraine.

  • SINGAPORE, April 22- Copper futures on the London Metal Exchange slipped on Tuesday as the bourse reopened after a long holiday weekend, still pressured by worries over Chinese demand amid a slowdown in the world's top user of the industrial metal.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 21- Pacific Gas and Electric Co pleaded not guilty on Monday to federal charges stemming from a natural gas pipeline explosion in California that killed eight people and injured 58 others in 2010, according to court filings.

  • SINGAPORE, April 22- U.S. crude oil futures steadied above $104 a barrel on Tuesday, with investors keeping a close eye on Ukraine where a deal to peacefully resolve tensions with Russia appeared to be faltering.

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, April 21- Activist investor William Ackman teamed up with Canadian drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc to make a joint run at buying wrinkle-treatment maker Allergan Inc, according to security filings on Monday.