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  • Seoul, August 24, 2016: People watch a TV news program about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) ballistic missile launch. DPRK on Wednesday test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine off its east coast into the sea at a time of heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula following the start of annual South Korea-U.S. war games, Seoul's military said.

    What can be done to stop North Korea's hostile missile technology? The answer is, very little, unless the world's superpowers cooperate.

  • People in South Korea watch a TV news program about the DPRK ballistic missile launch on August 24, 2016.

    Kim Jong Un supervised a missile launch that he said put North Korea in the "front rank" of nuclear powers.

  • SEOUL, Aug 24- South Korea said on Wednesday it will extend a review of a request by Google Inc in June for permission to take government mapping data out of the country for use in servers worldwide, with a decision due by Nov. 23. Seoul had previously said it would decide on the request by Wednesday. Google, whose corporate parent is Alphabet Inc, has said it needs to put...

  • In Japan, shares rose on speculation the Bank of Japan may make a surprise move to help shore up growth. KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 edged 0.1 percent lower to 6,864.60 and Germany's DAX also fell 0.1 percent, to 10,583.67. TENSIONS IN KOREA: Rattling nerves in northeast Asia, North Korea fired a ballistic missile from a submarine early Wednesday.

  • Samsung's S Pen stylus comes with the Note 7 and can be used to carry out a range of functions from writing to translating text.

    Samsung said stronger-than-expected demand for its new Galaxy Note 7 meant it had to push back the release date in some markets.

  • Markets were steady following the submarine launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.6 percent to 16,590.00 on rising hopes for more stimulus from the Bank of Japan and government stimulus, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.2 percent to 5,564.40. But South Korea's Kospi fell 0.2 percent to 2,045.77 and Hong...

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks at a rocket warhead tip after a simulated test of atmospheric re-entry of a ballistic missile, at an unidentified location in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on March 15, 2016.

    North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile off its east coast, the latest in a string of missile launches by the isolated country.

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  • *Plan could be launched as early as next year. SEOUL/ SINGAPORE, Aug 22- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to launch a program to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones as early as next year, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The world's top smartphone maker will refurbish high-end phones returned to the company by users...

  • *Plan could be launched as early as next year. SEOUL/ SINGAPORE, Aug 22- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to launch a programme to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones as early as next year, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The world's top smartphone maker will refurbish high-end phones returned to the company by users...

  • London's FTSE 100 was up 1.3 points at 6,860.31. Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 gained 0.4 percent to 5,497.40 and benchmarks in Thailand, New Zealand and the Philippines also rose. India's Sensex lost 0.1 percent to 28,036.76 and Taiwan also declined.

  • The U.S. Thaad missile is also controversial in South Korea where protests have been held against its deployment on Korean soil. Among concerns are safety fears about the system's powerful radar.

    Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are ratcheting up, which is just what North Korea wants, as it pits China and the U.S. against one another.

  • ROK Drills

    The military drills signal U.S.' and South Korea's commitment to deter any provocations from North Korea, says The Korea Society's Thomas Byrne.

  • US-Korea Drills

    The area's wound up over the deployment of South Korea's anti-missile system and China's unwillingness to get involved, says San Diego academic Stephen Haggard.

  • *VertuoLine goes to France, Dolce Gusto gets global advert. LONDON/ ZURICH/ CAPETOWN, Aug 17- Nestle is giving its instant coffee brand Nescafe and its Nespresso single-serve coffee a shot in the arm as fast-growing rivals with lean cost structures chip away at its global dominance. While its two megabrands still control nearly 23 percent of the $77 billion retail...

  • *OPEC, other producers to meet next month. SINGAPORE, Aug 17- Oil prices fell away from 5- week highs on Wednesday as analysts doubted possible producer talks to rein in ballooning oversupply would be successful. Brent crude futures were trading at $48.86 per barrel at 0702 GMT, down 37 cents from their last settlement.

  • BEIJING— Global stocks were mixed Wednesday after Wall Street declined and China said it will give foreign investors more access to Chinese equities through Hong Kong. London's FTSE 100 declined 0.2 percent to 6,878.66. HONG KONG STOCK LINK: China's Cabinet approved an initiative that would give foreign investors more access to Chinese stocks by linking...

  • *Q2 crude oil imports up 4.5 pct y/y, boosted by Iran cargoes. SEOUL, Aug 17- South Korea's crude oil imports rose 4.5 percent in the second quarter of 2016 from a year ago due to growing shipments from Iran after sanctions were lifted, while local oil consumption also increased on the back of low prices. The world's fifth-largest crude importer has continued to buy...

  • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17 JOHANNESBURG- J.P Morgan conference call with SARB Deputy Governor Kuben Naidoo, who will share his views on South Africa's financial outlook with regard to recovery, interest rates and reforms- 1030 GMT. BEIJING- China's Commerce Ministry holds its regular briefing- 0200 GMT. SINGAPORE- International Monetary Fund and the Sim Kee Book...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Consumers think smartphone makers are releasing too many new models each year, a survey showed Tuesday. The survey conducted in six countries, commissioned by the environmental group Greenpeace, showed that more than half of those who responded would prefer to change their phones less frequently. "Over half of respondents across the...