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    Japan's exports rose a little more than expected in February from a year earlier as solid shipments of Japanese goods to Asia and Europe made up for a fall in exports to the United States.

  • Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, the world's biggest bank by market value, posted a stronger-than-expected 65 percent jump in 2007 profit on Tuesday, helped by widening interest margins and fee income growth.

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    A mob wielding stones and knives killed a Chinese policeman in a Tibetan part of western China, state media said on Tuesday, in a sign that unrest continues despite a massive influx of police and troops.

  • South Korea's central bank chief on Tuesday said an expected annual current account deficit and high inflation favored higher interest rates, although a slowing economy supported the case for steady or lower rates.

  • China will impose strict security on the Olympic Games torch relay through restive Tibet to Mount Everest, as the government seeks to prevent any protests upsetting the symbolic display of national unity.

  • Newly elected President of the Liberal Democratic Party Yasuo Fukuda smiles while sitting in the presidential chair at the party's headquarters in Tokyo, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007. Moderate veteran Fukuda easily won election as Japan's ruling party president Sunday, pledging to improve ties with Asia, keep a pro-U.S. foreign policy and uplift rural areas when he becomes prime minister later this week. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, Pool)

    Support for Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda slid nine points to 31% in a poll published on Monday, as a political deadlock that has left the top central bank post vacant cast new doubts on his leadership.

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    Big Japanese firms have grown pessimistic about business conditions, a government survey showed on Monday, fueling concern that the Japanese economy may follow the United States into a recession.

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    Ma Ying-jeou rode to power in Taiwan promising to defuse simmering tensions with rival China and to expand trade ties with its giant communist neighbor.

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    Shoes fly and blows rain down, while a kung fu style kick sails across a room thick with jeers, jibes and coarse language.  It's fight night on Taiwan television as parliament gets in session and crowds of fans are tuning in across the oceans.

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    Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, under fire over an unprecedented vacancy at the top of the Bank of Japan, said it was his "mission" to fix the problem soon, but media reported a new nomination could be delayed until April.

  • Tibetans in China's mountainous southwestern province of Sichuan on Friday disputed the government's claim that nobody was killed in anti-Chinese riots there this week, saying they believed several died.

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    When Taiwan votes for a new president on Saturday, many will likely ignore pro-independence rhetoric in favor of bread-and-butter economic issues.

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    China has issued a reminder that mutual funds are exempted from corporate tax in order to encourage development of the investment sector.

  • Deutsche Telekom vowed on Wednesday to fight continued sales and earnings declines at its traditional fixed-line business, aiming to stabilize the business by 2010.

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    The Japanese central bank was placed in the hands of a temporary governor when Toshihiko Fukui retires in a few hours, after the latest candidate to replace him was rejected by the upper house of parliament.

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    China warned of a "life and death" struggle with the Dalai Lama on Wednesday, as it sought to end a wave of protests in its Tibetan regions with arrests and tightened political control.

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    The rise of the euro towards $1.60 threatens bankruptcies in Europe's aerospace industry, the head of France's Dassault Aviation, maker of Falcon business jets and Rafale fighters, said on Tuesday.

  • Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao speaks at a press conference after the closing ceremony of the National People's Congress, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People Friday March 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

    A deadline for Tibetan rioters to hand themselves in passed on Tuesday, but attention switched to China's premier, who was due to address the media after days of violence marring the run-up to Beijing's Olympic Games.

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    The Japanese government put forward on Tuesday a former top finance ministry bureaucrat as its second nominee to become central bank governor, but a senior opposition lawmaker warned the surprise choice was likely to be vetoed.

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