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  • Tokyo's Nikkei 225 gained 1.1 percent to 20,522.83 while Seoul's Kospi shed 0.9 percent to 2,019.03. Taiwan, Manila, Jakarta and New Zealand also gained while Singapore fell. CHINA'S GYRATIONS: The Shanghai benchmark suffered its biggest one-day drop in eight years on Monday when it plunged 8.5 percent despite government intervention to stem a slide in stock...

  • WASHINGTON— Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Air safety investigators— one of them a Boeing investigator— have identified the component...

  • WASHINGTON— Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday. A French official close to an investigation of the debris confirmed Wednesday that French...

  • Gold struggles to rise back above $1,100/ oz level. NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 29- Gold moved up a shade on Wednesday, but remained near last week's 5-1/ 2- year low, after a U.S. "market can't seem to decide whether the Fed has moved marginally farther away from a September hike," said Tai Wong, director of base and precious metals trading for BMO Capital Markets in New York.

  • *Sugar market to have first deficit in 6 years-Reuters poll. Drought has already begun to threaten production in number two exporter Thailand and top consumer India as weather bureaux confirm the return of the phenomenon which can lead to scorching weather across Asia and heavy rains and floods in South America. "The current drought is more severe than last...

  • *Says to restart Goa mines by October. MUMBAI, July 29- India's Vedanta Ltd said on Wednesday it expected to restart iron ore mining by October in top exporting Goa province and that talks were continuing with regulators for merging with its cash-rich unit Cairn India. Chief Executive Tom Albanese said on a conference call Vedanta was hoping to get approvals as...

  • *To restructure and downsize India operations. *To stop production at one of two plants in India. NEW DELHI, July 29- General Motors Co said on Wednesday it will invest $1 billion over the next few years to turn India into a global export hub, even as it cuts production capacity in the country due to sluggish demand.

  • MUMBAI, July 29- Nestle India Ltd slipped to a second-quarter loss as sales plunged after its hugely popular Maggi noodles were pulled off shelves over safety concerns. Nestle has been at the center of India's worst food scare in a decade after local regulators reported that some packets of the company's Maggi instant noodles-- one of India's most popular snacks--...

  • DUBAI, July 29- On the first visit to Iran for 12 years by a French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius conveyed an invitation from President Francois Hollande to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani to visit France in November, Iranian media said. France hopes to secure business in Iran once Western sanctions are lifted under the nuclear deal, and Fabius said last week...

  • Says to restart Goa mines after monsoons. MUMBAI, July 29- India's Vedanta Ltd said on Wednesday its quarterly profit more than doubled from a year-ago comparison weighed down by a one-time charge, and that it was on track to restart mining in key producing state Goa after monsoons. "We continue to focus on improving efficiency, costs, and enhancing production...

  • July 29 (Reuters)- Rockwell Automation Inc, which makes automation systems that help factories run smoothly, reported a 4.5 percent fall in quarterly revenue, hurt by a strong dollar and slowing industrial production growth. Rockwell, which gets about 48 percent of its annual revenue from outside the United States, tightened its 2015 adjusted earnings forecast...

  • Peugeot has "developed proposals" with historic partner Iran Khodro, Tavares said, but progress is being hindered by a backlash over France's tough line during the talks preceding a July 14 breakthrough deal under which sanctions are to be lifted in return for curbs on Iranian nuclear activities. Hashem Yekke-Zare, managing director of Iran Khodro, said the...

  • July 29- Rockwell Automation Inc, which makes automation systems that help factories run smoothly, reported a 4.5 percent fall in quarterly revenue, hurt by a strong dollar. The company's net income rose to $206.1 million, or $1.52 per share, in the third quarter ended June 30, from $199.7 million, or $1.43 per share, a year earlier. Revenue fell to $1.58 billion from...

  • MUMBAI, July 29- Global rice prices are likely to surge by 10 percent to 20 percent in the next few months as an El Nino weather pattern grips top producers in Asia, baking the region's croplands and whittling down stocks of the grain to multi-year lows. While higher prices of a key staple would be bad news for impoverished countries in Asia and Africa, lower output...

  • LONDON, July 29- Gold steadied on Wednesday as the dollar softened, but was still trading around a 5-1/ 2- year low hit last week as investors awaited the outcome of a Federal Reserve's meeting for cues on the timing of the first U.S. rate rise in nearly a decade. "We bounced from the low but we are little changed and waiting for the Fed's statement tonight and the...

  • *To launch 10 new India- made vehicles over next 5 years. NEW DELHI, July 29- General Motors Co will invest $1 billion in the next few years to turn operations in India into a new global export hub aimed at boosting sales in fast-growing emerging markets, top executives said on Wednesday. But by 2020 analysts expect India to become the world's third-largest passenger...

  • NEW DELHI, July 29- General Motors Co will invest $1 billion in the next few years to turn operations in India into a new global auto manufacturing and export hub aimed at boosting sales in fast-growing emerging markets, top executives said on Wednesday. GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said at a briefing in New Delhi that the investment in India was expected...

  • BEIJING/ SINGAPORE, July 29- Any attempt by Iran to sell to China millions of barrels of ultra light crude built up in tankers over the last 2-1/ 2 years of sanctions is likely to be thwarted by poor refining margins and an outage at a major importer of the oil. Traders and company officials say Iran has little choice but to target China to buy the crude known as...

  • *U.S. crude for September delivery dropped 25 cents to $47.73 a barrel as of 0003 GMT, after ending the previous session up 59 cents. The contract fell 17 cents in the previous session, and at one hit $52.28, its lowest since Feb. 2 on concerns about the stock market plunge in China, the world's largest energy consumer. *European Union foreign policy chief Federica...

  • The top executive at the maker of Subaru automobiles joked that he would have to wear a helmet on an upcoming trip to the United States. Subaru's U.S. sales have almost doubled in the past four years. Subaru's " Love Promise," in which it pledges to make "a positive impact in the world," has helped build loyal consumers in states like California, New York and Washington.