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  • *China developers seeking new capital sources as liquidity tightens. HONG KONG, Aug 27- Global private equity firm Carlyle Group is in advanced talks with China Vanke Co Ltd, the country's largest property developer, to buy stakes in nine of its shopping malls, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

  • Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD, wires intact Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:40 AM ET

    TOKYO— At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition. It's better than the original, said Toshifumi Shimizu of Tokyo Laboratory Co., the studio that undertook the painstaking effort.

  • BANGKOK, Aug 27- Thai exports unexpectedly slipped in July, showing that a key pillar of the country's economy remains weak at a time the military government is trying to rev up growth.

  • JAKARTA, Aug 27- Indonesia wants copper miners Newmont Mining Corp and Freeport-McMoRan Inc to hammer out a deal on concentrate supply for an upcoming smelter before allowing Newmont to resume exports, a mining ministry official said on Wednesday.

  • IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:29 AM ET

    PARIS— Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was placed Wednesday under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister.

  • PARIS, Aug 27- IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been placed under formal investigation by French magistrates on Wednesday for her alleged role in a long-running political fraud case, a source close to the former French finance minister said.

  • AP Top Financial News At 5:29 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:29 AM ET

    Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters Conflicts weighing heavily on German consumers Europe shares ease, Asia higher after S&P record 10 things to know about corporate inversions Fonterra to invest in China infant formula company IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France AP survey: Fed's outlook correct but not solution Ryanair launches flexible business-class tickets Survey: US consumer confidence near a 7- year high Burger King plans expansion of Tim Hortons

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5:29 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:29 AM ET

    Malaysia Airlines braces for state-mandated shakeup as it reels from twin disasters Survey: German economic expectations' completely collapse' in August over conflict concerns Europe in slow start, Asia mostly higher following Standard& Poor's 500 close above 2,000 10 things to know about corporate inversions Dairy giant Fonterra says it will team up with China's Beingmate to provide infant formula IMF chief Lagarde under official investigation in France for' negligence' in corruption probe AP survey: US economists agree with Fed's concerns but fear it will raise rates too late Ryanair launches flexible business-class tickets in latest U-turn from no-frills service US consumer confidence rises for fourth month to highest level in nearly 7 years Burger King buying Tim Hortons for about $11 B; new co. to be based in Canada

  • Japan lab unable to replicate stem cell results Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:28 AM ET

    TOKYO— The Japanese laboratory that retracted a paper reporting a potentially major breakthrough in stem cell research said Wednesday its researchers have not managed to replicate the results.

  • Ryanair launches flexible business-class tickets Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:23 AM ET

    DUBLIN— Ryanair has launched a flexible business-class ticket in its latest U-turn from its no-frills tradition. Wednesday's announcement sent Ryanair shares 2.5 percent higher to 7.11 euros on the Irish Stock Exchange.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5:23 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:23 AM ET

    Malaysia Airlines braces for state-mandated shakeup as it reels from twin disasters Survey: German economic expectations' completely collapse' in August over conflict concerns Europe in slow start, Asia mostly higher following Standard& Poor's 500 close above 2,000 10 things to know about corporate inversions Dairy giant Fonterra says it will team up with China's Beingmate to provide infant formula AP survey: US economists agree with Fed's concerns but fear it will raise rates too late Ryanair launches flexible business-class tickets in latest U-turn from no-frills service US consumer confidence rises for fourth month to highest level in nearly 7 years Burger King buying Tim Hortons for about $11 B; new co. to be based in Canada Families of victims in recent airline crashes could seek compensation above normal limits

  • AP Top Financial News At 5:23 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:23 AM ET

    Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters Conflicts weighing heavily on German consumers Europe shares ease, Asia higher after S&P record 10 things to know about corporate inversions Fonterra to invest in China infant formula company AP survey: Fed's outlook correct but not solution Ryanair launches flexible business-class tickets Survey: US consumer confidence near a 7- year high Burger King plans expansion of Tim Hortons Even if attacked, airline could be liable in crash

  • PARIS— IMF chief Christine Lagarde under official investigation for' negligence' in corruption probe.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5:16 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:16 AM ET

    Malaysia Airlines braces for state-mandated shakeup as it reels from twin disasters Survey: German economic expectations' completely collapse' in August over conflict concerns Europe in slow start, Asia mostly higher following Standard& Poor's 500 close above 2,000 10 things to know about corporate inversions Dairy giant Fonterra says it will team up with China's Beingmate to provide infant formula AP survey: US economists agree with Fed's concerns but fear it will raise rates too late US consumer confidence rises for fourth month to highest level in nearly 7 years Burger King buying Tim Hortons for about $11 B; new co. to be based in Canada Families of victims in recent airline crashes could seek compensation above normal limits Best Buy 2nd- quarter sales decline hits stock as customers shift to online buying

  • AP Top Financial News At 5:16 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:16 AM ET

    Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters Conflicts weighing heavily on German consumers Europe shares ease, Asia higher after S&P record 10 things to know about corporate inversions Fonterra to invest in China infant formula company AP survey: Fed's outlook correct but not solution Survey: US consumer confidence near a 7- year high Burger King plans expansion of Tim Hortons Even if attacked, airline could be liable in crash Best Buy sales slip spooks Wall Street

  • AP Top Financial News At 5:15 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:15 AM ET

    Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters Conflicts weighing heavily on German consumers Europe shares ease, Asia higher after S&P record 10 things to know about corporate inversions Fonterra to invest in China infant formula company AP survey: Fed's outlook correct but not solution Survey: US consumer confidence near a 7- year high Burger King plans expansion of Tim Hortons Even if attacked, airline could be liable in crash Best Buy sales slip spooks Wall Street

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5:15 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:15 AM ET

    Malaysia Airlines braces for state-mandated shakeup as it reels from twin disasters Survey: German economic expectations' completely collapse' in August over conflict concerns Europe in slow start, Asia mostly higher following Standard& Poor's 500 close above 2,000 10 things to know about corporate inversions Dairy giant Fonterra says it will team up with China's Beingmate to provide infant formula AP survey: US economists agree with Fed's concerns but fear it will raise rates too late US consumer confidence rises for fourth month to highest level in nearly 7 years Burger King buying Tim Hortons for about $11 B; new co. to be based in Canada Families of victims in recent airline crashes could seek compensation above normal limits Best Buy 2nd- quarter sales decline hits stock as customers shift to online buying

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5:08 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:08 AM ET

    Malaysia Airlines braces for state-mandated shakeup as it reels from twin disasters Survey: German economic expectations' completely collapse' in August over conflict concerns Shares mostly higher in Asia following Standard& Poor's 500 index close above 2,000 points 10 things to know about corporate inversions Dairy giant Fonterra says it will team up with China's Beingmate to provide infant formula AP survey: US economists agree with Fed's concerns but fear it will raise rates too late US consumer confidence rises for fourth month to highest level in nearly 7 years Burger King buying Tim Hortons for about $11 B; new co. to be based in Canada Families of victims in recent airline crashes could seek compensation above normal limits Best Buy 2nd- quarter sales decline hits stock as customers shift to online buying

  • AP Top Financial News At 5:08 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:08 AM ET

    Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters Conflicts weighing heavily on German consumers Asian stocks mostly higher following S&P record 10 things to know about corporate inversions Fonterra to invest in China infant formula company AP survey: Fed's outlook correct but not solution Survey: US consumer confidence near a 7- year high Burger King plans expansion of Tim Hortons Even if attacked, airline could be liable in crash Best Buy sales slip spooks Wall Street

  • Uber eyes aggressive expansion in Germany despite bans Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:05 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Aug 27- U.S. car service Uber is planning an aggressive expansion in Germany despite a backlash from cities like Berlin and Hamburg, which have questioned its right to operate in highly regulated markets dominated by traditional taxis.