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  • *S8 to go on sale on April 21. SEOUL/ NEW YORK- March 29- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone as it battles to regain the market leadership it lost to Apple Inc after the embarrassing withdrawal of the fire-prone Note 7 s. They will go on sale on April 21.

  • A woman wearing a face mask walks in an area overlooking the city skyline in Seoul, South Korea.

    Much of the country’s pollutants come from vehicle emissions and construction or industrial sites, Financial Times reports.

  • *S8 to go on sale on April 21. Two versions of the Galaxy S8, code-named Dream internally, were launched at a media event in New York on Wednesday, with 6.2- inch and 5.8- inch curved screens- the largest to date for Samsung's premium smartphones. The phones, which will go on sale on April 21, are slightly longer but comparable in width to their predecessors as Samsung has...

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping

    When the Chinese president visits Trump, the politicians should make an announcement on North Korea. But they probably won't.

  • PARIS— The mayors of Paris, London and Seoul are creating a system to grade vehicles based on their emissions in real-life conditions, after growing uncertainty about automakers' efforts to skirt rules intended to limit pollutants. Meeting Wednesday in Paris, they said the idea is to provide transparency so consumers know how much a car pollutes and push for...

  • KUALA LUMPUR, March 29- Malaysia briefly prevented a North Korean ship carrying coal from entering its port in Penang because of a suspected breach of United Nations sanctions, a port worker and Malaysian maritime officials told Reuters on Wednesday. Relations between North Korea and Malaysia, which have been friendly for decades, have soured following the...

  • *Samsung to unveil Galaxy S8 smartphone in New York on Weds. SEOUL, March 28- After the damaging recall of its fire-prone Note 7 smartphone, you could be forgiven for thinking Samsung Electronics Co Ltd would make a song and dance about battery safety in its new flagship phones, due to be launched in the United States on Wednesday. "If you talk about safety, it...

  • Banks and other financial companies led U.S. stock indexes sharply higher Tuesday, snapping an eight-day losing streak for the Dow Jones industrial average. The rally was broad, with materials and industrial companies among the biggest gainers. Investor optimism that Congress and the White House are pivoting to tax cuts and other business-friendly policy...

  • *To consult regulators, carriers on refurbished Note 7 s. SEOUL, March 28- Tech giant Samsung Electronics plans to sell refurbished versions of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, the company said late on Monday, signaling the return of the model pulled from markets last year because of fire-prone batteries. Samsung's announcement that revamped Note 7 s will go back on...

  • NEW YORK, March 28- Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will not be offering any refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphones for sale or rent in the United States, the company told Reuters. Samsung said on Monday it would sell refurbished versions of the Note 7, which were permanently pulled from markets globally last year roughly two months after their launch due to...

  • SEOUL, March 28- Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said late on Monday that it plans to sell refurbished versions of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, the model pulled from markets last year due to fire-prone batteries. A subsequent probe found manufacturing problems in batteries supplied by two different companies- Samsung SDI Co Ltd and Amperex Technology...

  • BEIJING— Asian stock markets rose Tuesday after Wall Street sank on worries that the Trump administration might not do as much for businesses as once thought. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 gained 1 percent to 19,174.56 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng advanced 0.5 percent to 24,317.93. Benchmarks in Taiwan and Singapore rose while Malaysia and Manila declined.

  • Green shoots in the South Korean economy

    Trinh Nguyen at Natixis says investment in South Korea grew by 7.1 percent, the strongest growth year-on-year since June 2010.

  • SEOUL, March 28- South Koreas family-run conglomerates are facing calls for a shakeup in their governance from a leading candidate in May's presidential election, following the ouster of former President Park Geun-hye in a burgeoning influence-peddling scandal. The countrys four biggest chaebol groups account for around half the stock market's value,...

  • South Korea's economy grew a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent during the final three months of last year from the previous quarter.

  • This could hurt the South Korean economy

    Emily Dabbs, economist at Moody's Analytics, says tensions between China and South Korea could pose downside risk to the latter's economy.

  • A worry for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is that a bankruptcy would give President Donald Trump cause to criticise Japanese firms operating in the United States. "Westinghouse is a major employer and nuclear industry company with ongoing nuclear new build projects in two different states, one of which is supported by U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantees,"...

  • LONDON, March 27- What you see is not what you get. This is a truism for any metal stored in London Metal Exchange warehouses but it is particularly relevant in the lead market right now. This scramble for units leaves the London contract vulnerable to cash-date tightness.

  • A worry for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is that a bankruptcy would give President Donald Trump cause to criticise Japanese firms operating in the United States. "Westinghouse is a major employer and nuclear industry company with ongoing nuclear new build projects in two different states, one of which is supported by U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantees,"...

  • TOKYO, March 27- Toshiba Corp's U.S nuclear unit could file for Chapter 11 protection from creditors as early as Tuesday, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter, hoping to ring fence losses ahead of the end of its financial year. Separate sources with knowledge of the matter said last Friday Toshiba had informed its main banks that it was...