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  • BENGALURU, April 14- Gold on Friday hovered near the 5- month high hit in the previous session and was set for its biggest weekly percentage rise since June as a weaker dollar and geopolitical worries over the Middle East and North Korea stoked safe-haven demand. Spot gold was down 0.1 percent at $1,286.25 per ounce. "Everyone is nervous about the situation at the...

  • Many South Koreans marked "Black Day" on Friday, but it had nothing to do with concerns that North Korea may conduct a weapons test.

  • BENGALURU, April 14- Gold on Friday held near the 5- month highs hit in the previous session and was set for its biggest weekly percentage rise since April last year as a weaker dollar and geopolitical worries over the Middle East and North Korea stoked safe haven demand. Spot gold was steady at $1,287.40 per ounce by 0545. "Everyone is nervous about the situation at...

  • Vice President Mike Pence.

    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will travel to South Korea on Sunday in what his aides said was a sign of the U.S. commitment to its ally.

  • TOKYO, April 14- The dollar nursed losses on Friday, on track for a losing week as continuing tensions in North Korea underpinned the perceived safe-haven Japanese currency. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that North Korea is a problem that "will be taken care of," as China urged caution and speculation rose that Pyongyang might be on the verge of a sixth...

  • The metal was set for its biggest weekly percentage rise since April last year as a weaker dollar and geopolitical worries over the Middle East and North Korea fueled safe-haven demand. *Spot gold was steady at $1,287.32 per ounce by 0200 GMT. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that North Korea is a problem that "will be taken care of", as China urged caution and...

  • *Passover, Good Friday observances thin liquidity. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that North Korea is a problem that "will be taken care of," as China urged caution and speculation rose that Pyongyang might be on the verge of a sixth nuclear test. "I think that the' mother of all bombs' was intended to show the power of U.S. forces to North Korea," said Kaneo Ogino,...

  • North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un observes a target-striking contest by the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this undated photo, released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), April 13, 2017.

    Several political analysts say North Korea will likely not cross a red line as the U.S. and China find a way to step up pressure.

  • A costumed reveller wearing a mask depicting Munch's famous painting 'The Scream'

    Stocks may be in for a deeper pullback, now that the so-called fear index is finally breaking higher.

  • Risk of miscalculation on the Korean peninsula spirals

    Tensions continue to mount on the Korean peninsula.

  • In this file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un talks with officials at the ballistic rocket launch drill of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA) at an unknown location.

    Rising tensions between Pyongyang and Washington are sounding the alarm about miscalculation risks on both sides, according to experts.

  • North Korea could conduct its sixth nuclear test as early as Saturday

    April 15 marks the birthday of North Korea's founding father Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-un could use the celebration as a reason to test another nuclear missile.

  • Analysts said the impact of a full oil embargo on Pyongyang would be so damaging that China, which opposes any measures that could fuel instability in North Korea, would be unlikely to take that step or agree to such a measure in the United Nations Security Council, where it has a veto as a permanent member. "If China cuts off oil supply, North Korea would not survive on...

  • DANDONG, China, April 13- Despite heightened tension on the Korean peninsula and North Korea warning of a nuclear strike against any sign of U.S. aggression, there were few signs of strain on Thursday on the main border post between China and the reclusive nation. In Dandong, through which about three-quarters of China's trade with North Korea flows, long queues of...

  • DANDONG, China, April 13- Despite heightened tension on the Korean peninsula and North Korea warning of a nuclear strike against any sign of U.S. aggression, there were few signs of strain on Thursday on the main border post between China and the reclusive nation. In Dandong, through which about three-quarters of China's trade with North Korea flows, long queues of...

  • April 13- Hong Kong stocks pulled back on Thursday in thin trading as investors were reluctant to stake out positions amid simmering geopolitical tensions. South Korea said on Thursday it believed it would be consulted by the United States before any possible pre-emptive U.S. strike against Pyongyang. Most sectors in Hong Kong retreated at the close, with...

  • BEIJING, April 13- China did not import coal from North Korea in March, customs data showed, as it bids to comply with United Nations' sanctions against Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. In a news briefing, the General Administration of Customs said China has not imported North Korean coal since Beijing issued a ban on the imports on Feb. 18.

  • *N.Korea risk eyed as Pyongyang tells of "big, important" event. *China spat seen knocking 0.2 pct pts off GDP in year ahead- BOK. SEOUL, April 13- South Korea's central bank raised its growth outlook for this year and kept interest rates unchanged at a record low for a 10th straight month on Thursday, while its governor shifted policy to a more hawkish stance.

  • North Korea's next step

    John Park, Asian security analyst at the Harvard Kennedy School, says Kim Jong-un appears to be preparing for a sixth nuclear test in North Korea.

  • WASHINGTON, April 12- Despite sending a naval force to the Korean peninsula, the Trump administration is focusing its North Korea strategy on tougher economic sanctions, possibly including an oil embargo, banning its airline, intercepting cargo ships and punishing Chinese banks doing business with Pyongyang, U.S. officials say. President Donald Trump has...