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  • TOKYO, April 24- Japan's Nikkei share average touched a near three-week high on Monday with broader investor risk sentiment improving after centrist Emmanuel Macron took a step towards the French presidency after the weekend's voting. The Nikkei ended Monday 1.4 percent higher at 18,875.88 after rising earlier to 18,910.33, its highest since April 5.

  • *CEO Eric Olsen resigns, effective July 15. *Internal investigation finds payments were made in Syria. ZURICH, April 24- LafargeHolcim Chief Executive Eric Olsen will leave the company in July, the world's largest cement maker said on Monday, in the wake of an investigation into allegations the company paid armed groups in Syria to keep a plant operating.

  • HONG KONG, April 24- The chances of MSCI Inc adding China-listed shares to its global index have risen significantly since it proposed to cut the number of companies to include, investors say, but capital controls and market access snags may still pose a hurdle. New York- based index provider MSCI will announce in June if it will add yuan-denominated Chinese...

  • *Defeated main rivals urge their supporters to stop Le Pen. *New surveys suggest Macron will easily beat Le Pen. Though Macron, 39, is a comparative political novice who has never held elected office, new opinion polls on Sunday had him easily winning the final clash against the 48- year-old Le Pen.

  • TOKYO, April 24- Japanese government bond prices dipped on Monday as the market's favoured candidate won through the first round of the French presidential election and after the Bank of Japan trimmed its purchase in three to five-year bonds. In France, centrist Emmanuel Macron took a big step toward the presidency on Sunday by coming to the top in the first...

  • LONDON, April 24- European shares were set to rise on Monday, led by a 2 percent bounce on France's bluechip CAC 40 according to financial spreadbetters, after centrist Emmanuel Macron led the first round of the French presidential election. France's CAC 40 index was set to open around 103 points higher, and Germany's DAX was expected to open 186 points higher.

  • *SSEC -1.6 pct, CSI300 -1.3 pct, HSI -0.1 pct. SHANGHAI, April 24- China stocks tumbled more than 1 percent on Monday and looked set for their biggest loss of the year amid signs that Beijing would tolerate more market volatility as regulators clamp down on shadow banking and speculative trading. Recent signs of stability in China's economy "have provided a good...

  • The eventual market for the complex disease, formally known as Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis, is forecast to be $20 billion to $35 billion as populations with fatty diets increasingly fall victim to a condition with no approved treatments. "We are actively looking on the outside for opportunities... to complement our internal program," Morris Birnbaum, chief...

  • April 24- Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk took many risks with the technology in his company's cars on the way to surpassing Ford Motor Co's market value. Now Musk is pushing boundaries in the factory that makes them. "He's pushing the envelope to see how much time and cost he can take out of the process," said Ron Harbour, a manufacturing consultant at Oliver Wyman.

  • SHANGHAI, April 24- China's yuan weakened slightly against the U.S. dollar on Monday as strong demand for the greenback offset a stronger midpoint fixing by the central bank. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.8673 per dollar prior to the market open, 150 pips or 0.2 percent firmer than the previous fix, which was 6.8823. The Thomson Reuters/ HKEX...

  • BEIJING, April 24- Washington's move to probe steel imports could trigger a trade dispute between the United States and its major trading partners, who are likely to take retaliatory steps, the official China Daily said in an editorial on Monday. President Donald Trump on Thursday launching an investigation of China and other steel producers for dumping cheap...

  • DUBAI/ WELLINGTON, April 24- New Zealand is considering restrictions on laptops and other large electronic devices on flights from some Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East, the country's prime minister said on Monday. The New Zealand leader elaborated on comments made by transport minister Simon Bridges, who told Reuters in an interview in Dubai on...

  • *OPEC looks set to extend output cuts through 2017. SINGAPORE, April 24- Oil prices recovered ground on Monday following last week's big losses, driven by expectations that OPEC will extend a pledge to cut output to cover all of 2017, although a relentless rise in U.S. drilling capped gains. "WTI oil slipped back below the $50 per barrel level, amid concerns that the...

  • Spot gold was down 0.7 percent at $1,275.46 per ounce. "Gold prices have fallen sharply this morning due to the improvement in risk sentiment," said OCBC analyst Barnabas Gan. "Macron and Marine Le Pen have emerged as the two key winners of the French elections.

  • *Euro jumps as high as $1.0940 in early Asian trade. TOKYO, April 24- The euro pared gains after scaling a five-month high against the dollar on Monday after the centrist candidate won the first round of the French presidential election, reducing the risk of an anti-establishment shock in the final round. The euro was up 1.1 percent at $1.0844 by midday in Asia after...

  • JUNCTION CITY, Ore.— The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants. From tending the plants to harvesting the grapes, it takes skill and a strong work ethic to produce the winery's...

  • NEW YORK— Though perhaps best known as Facebook's No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg is also a mentor, a mother, a billionaire and an author. When her husband Dave Goldberg died suddenly in 2015 while they were vacationing in Mexico, she added "widow" to the list. Her new book— "Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy," written with psychologist Adam...

  • WASHINGTON— Business economists are generally optimistic about the U.S. economy with most expecting stronger growth than last year's poor performance. Economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics also expect improved or unchanged sales and profits at their companies in the second quarter, with most reporting no changes in...

  • Vice President Mike Pence has cut short the final leg of his Asia trip to race back to Washington, where the Trump administration faces a critical week on tax reform and a funding plan to keep the government running, an aide said on Sunday. Pence, who has been traveling in Asia to reassure allies and partners about President Donald Trump's commitment to the region,...

  • *Euro jumps as high as $1.0940 in Asia, yen slips broadly. Japan's Nikkei jumped 1.3 percent as the yen retreated, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged up 0.2 percent. In France, Centrist Emmanuel Macron took a big step toward the presidency on Sunday by winning the first round of voting and qualifying for the May 7 runoff...