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  • Tokyo's Nikkei 225 declined 0.5 percent to 20,485.56 and Seoul's Kospi lost 0.8 percent to 2,013.43. Australia's S&P ASX 200 retreated 0.5 percent to 5,673.30 and Taiwan, Singapore and Jakarta also declined. On Friday on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 0.3 percent and the Standard& Poor's 500 index shed 0.2 percent while the Nasdaq composite...

  • HANOI, Aug 3- Brought to its knees when its property market bubble burst four years ago, Vietnam is riding into another boom, with construction starting in Ho Chi Minh City on two of the world's tallest skyscrapers and buyers snapping up new projects fast. "I can sell about three to five units per month now, much better than before, when I could only sell the same in the...

  • A new piece of debris, meanwhile, found on Sunday on the French island of Reunion in the western Indian Ocean turned out to be a "domestic ladder," and doesn't belong to a plane, Malaysian Director General of Civil Aviation Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told The Associated Press amid media reports that a new plane part was found. Malaysian government officials will ask...

  • DUBAI, Aug 2- Iran plans to buy as many as 90 planes per year from Boeing and Airbus to revamp its antiquated fleet once Western sanctions are lifted, its state news agency IRNA quoted a senior aviation official as saying on Sunday. "Iran will buy a total of 80-90 planes per year from the two aviation giants in the first phase of renovating its air fleet," said Mohammad...

  • A woman uses the Uber app on a smartphone as a taxi cab drives by.

    Uber's battle with Bangalore-based Ola carries special significance, given the huge potential size of India's underdeveloped market. The FT reports.

  • July 31- Boeing Co said on Friday it will dispatch a team to assist in analyzing plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Malaysia is "almost certain" that the debris found on the island is from a Boeing 777, the deputy transport minister said on Thursday, heightening the possibility it could be wreckage from missing Flight MH370.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 31- Gold reversed earlier losses on Friday as the dollar fell after weaker-than-expected U.S. data, but prices remained on course for their biggest monthly decline in more than two years on expectations the Federal Reserve will soon raise interest rates. "There is no wage inflation in the U.S. and that was the trigger for the sharp move in the...

  • LONDON, July 31- Gold reversed earlier losses on Friday as the dollar fell after weaker-than-expected U.S. data, but prices remained on course for their biggest monthly decline in more than two years on expectations the Federal Reserve will soon raise rates. "There is no wage inflation in the U.S. and that was the trigger for the sharp move in the euro/dollar rate,...

  • *OPEC output up more than 1.7 mln bpd since policy shift. LONDON, July 31- OPEC oil output reached the highest monthly level in recent history in July, a Reuters survey found on Friday, as Saudi Arabia and other key members show no sign of wavering in their focus on defending market share instead of prices. OPEC supply has risen in July to 32.01 million barrels per day...

  • NEW DELHI/ MUMBAI, July 31- Indian industrial giant Larsen& Toubro Ltd criticised on Friday the "unhurried pace" of government reforms for weakening investment in its home market, as it reported a 37 percent slide in first-quarter profit. Larsen, which makes everything from metro train lines to gas pipelines to parts for submarines, has been hoping for a rebound in...

  • NEW DELHI, July 31- Planning to inject $11 billion of capital into debt-laden state banks over the next four years, India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday sought parliament's approval to boost budget spending by $4 billion in the current fiscal year. High levels of non-performing assets in state-run banks have made it hard for the government of Prime...

  • *Mogherini met Iran's Zarif in Tehran this week. BRUSSELS, July 31- The European Union should start high-level talks with Iran on energy and trade by the beginning of 2016, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told a closed-door meeting of EU policymakers. The day after a deal on Iran's nuclear program was sealed this month, Mogherini told the European...

  • MUMBAI, July 31- India's Reliance Communications has revived a plan to sell a stake in its tower unit, attracting early interest from U.S. private equity firms as well as sector rivals, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Reliance Communications, India's fourth-biggest mobile phone carrier, is looking at a valuation of about $4 billion for the...

  • With almost 80 million people and annual output of some $400 billion, Iran could be the biggest economy to rejoin the global trading and financial system since Russia emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union more than two decades ago. Iran has already outlined plans to rebuild its main industries and trade relationships, saying last week it was targeting...

  • BEIJING, July 31- China's state oil giants are set to start pumping a combined 160,000 barrels a day at two projects in southwestern Iran from around October, company sources said, contributing to Tehran's plan to boost output ahead of sanctions being lifted. Chinese energy firms had earlier put on hold or slowed work on energy projects in Iran from late 2010,...

  • *Gold eyes biggest monthly fall since June 2013. LONDON, July 31- Gold slipped on Friday and was on course for a sixth straight weekly fall, its longest retreat in 16 years, as the dollar remained firm after upbeat U.S. economic data encouraged bets on the Federal Reserve raising interest rates in September. "Gold is an asset that pays no interest or coupon and the rate...

  • According to Press Trust of India, the head of Uber India, Amit Jain, said the investment will be used to improve operations and establish a better customer support network. "India is one of Uber's big priorities," Jain was quoted as saying in a statement, adding that a similar billion-dollar investment was announced for China in June. The company also plans to expand...

  • By Mayank Bhardwaj and Krishna N. Das. NEW DELHI, July 31- India is to buy oilseeds and pulses directly from farmers for the first time this year, in addition to its existing purchases of wheat and rice, to boost production and close a supply gap that has driven its annual import bill up to $12 billion. India is the world's biggest consumer of edible oils and Prime...

  • Iran is keen to recover market share that evaporated under U.S. and European Union sanctions designed to keep its exports at around 1 million bpd, down from 2.5 million bpd in 2011. Under the accord reached in Vienna on July 14, Iran will be subject to longer-term restrictions on its nuclear program in return for the removal of U.S., U.N. and European sanctions.

  • Uber to plow $1B into India investment drive Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 2:38 AM ET
    A woman uses the Uber app on a smartphone as a taxi cab drives by.

    Uber is set to plow $1 billion into a major expansion in India, placing its investment in the country on a par with China, the FT reports.