BEIJING, Dec 5- China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that China told visiting U.S. Vice President Joe Biden that Beijing's decision to set up an air defence identification zone in the East China Sea accorded with international law.» Read More
WELLINGTON, Aug 8- New Zealand food safety regulators have been inspecting Fonterra's processing plants, including one that produced contaminated dairy products that triggered a global food safety scare, the company said on Thursday.
*Gold could push past $1,300 on Thurs- traders. SINGAPORE, Aug 8- Gold reversed early losses on Thursday as the U.S. dollar languished at seven-week lows, with traders covering short positions in the precious metal. Gold is now up for a second straight session, having fallen to a three-week low early on Wednesday on fears of a stimulus wind down by the U.S.
TOKYO, Aug 8- The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady and held off on revising up its assessment of the economy on Thursday, opting to wait for more clues on whether the increasingly positive mood will encourage companies to ramp up spending.
TOKYO, Aug 8- The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady on Thursday and held off on revising up its assessment on the economy, opting to wait for more clues on whether the positive mood will nudge companies to increase capital expenditure.
TOKYO, Aug 8- Fast Retailing Co Ltd, Asia's biggest retailer and operator of the Uniqlo clothing chain, said on Thursday it had signed a Europe- led safety pact for Bangladesh garment factories after a building collapse in April killed more than 1,100 people.
SHANGHAI, Aug 8- China's yuan set a record against the dollar on Thursday morning, with its second quote coming in at 6.1183 per dollar, its highest since the Chinese foreign currency market was created in 1994..
SEOUL, Aug 8- South Korea's central bank held interest rates steady at 2.50 percent for a third straight month on Thursday, in line with market expectations, and was on track to keep policy unchanged until next year while it continues to assess the global economy.
TOKYO, Aug 8- Japanese government bond prices inched down on Thursday, with the 10- year yield coming off a three-month low hit in the previous session, ahead of the outcome of the Bank of Japan's policy meeting later in the day. *The 10- year yield was up 2 basis points at 0.770 percent after slipping 3 basis points to its lowest level since May 13 on Wednesday.
Aug 7- Canadian fertilizer company Agrium Inc reported a fall in quarterly profit due to an unusually cold spring in North America, but said it expected strong demand for crop inputs for the rest of the year.
TOKYO, Aug 8- The Nikkei average rebounded on Thursday morning on short-covering after falling sharply versus the previous day, but the gains were seen as vulnerable given uncertainty over the U.S. Investors are also looking for leads from the Bank of Japan's two-day policy board meeting ending later in the day.
SHANGHAI, Aug 8- China's yuan set a new record against the dollar on Thursday morning, with its second quote coming in at 6.1183 per dollar, its highest since the Chinese foreign currency market was created in 1994.. The first quote came in at 6.1189, even with Wednesday's record intraday high.
SINGAPORE, Aug 8- London copper hit its highest in two weeks on Thursday after the dollar fell on comments by a U.S. *Copper prices rallied to 7094.75 a tonne, the highest since July 24. *The most-traded November copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange climbed 1.9 percent to 50,930 yuan a tonne.
*Bank of Korea seen raising rates from late 2014. SEOUL, Aug 8 (Reuters)- The Bank of Korea left its policy interest rate untouched on Thursday for a third straight month, widely perceived as ending an easing cycle that began a year ago, and has seen South Korea's economy turn to recovery.
SEOUL, Aug 8- South Korea's central bank held interest rates steady for a third straight month on Thursday, in line with market expectations, on track to keep them unchanged until next year while it assesses the global economy. The Bank of Korea's monetary policy committee held its base rate steady at 2.50 percent, a media official said without elaborating.
*Partnership allows Australia to use communications network. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 7- An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday carrying a communications satellite for the U.S. military and its partners, including Australia, which paid for the spacecraft and launch services.
DETROIT, Aug 7- Detroit's emergency manager voiced confidence on Wednesday that the city could emerge from bankruptcy before his term expires in October 2014 and possibly without having to borrow more money.
HONG KONG, August 8- Hong Kong shares could start lower on Thursday as investors remain uncertain over when the Federal Reserve may rein in its stimulus programme, and ahead of China July trade data.
SINGAPORE, Aug 8- Chicago corn edged higher on Thursday as the market took a breather after sliding for five consecutive sessions on ideal crop weather across the U.S. grain belt. *Iraq's state grains board bought 150,000 tonnes of wheat from Australia and Canada, European traders said on Wednesday.
SINGAPORE, Aug 8- U.S. crude futures held above $104 a barrel on Thursday ahead of economic data from China that could provide demand cues, after falling for four sessions as supply concerns eased and investors worried about a pull-back in U.S. economic stimulus. U.S. crude for September delivery rose 16 cents to $104.53 a barrel by 0041 GMT.
SINGAPORE, Aug 8- Gold fell for a third session out of four on Thursday, staying below $1,300 on a stronger dollar and fears the U.S. *Spot gold had dropped 0.2 percent to $1,284.50 an ounce by 0020 GMT, after gaining 0.5 percent in the previous session.