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  • The 50,000- ton carrier was towed from its dockyard just after 9 a.m. Wednesday following a ceremony in the northern port city of Dalian, where its predecessor, the Soviet-built Liaoning, also underwent extensive refurbishing before being commissioned in 2012, the Ministry of National Defense said. Vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission and...

  • SHANGHAI, April 26- China's yuan slipped against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday and fell to a record low against a basket of currencies after the central bank set a weaker midpoint, but tightening liquidity was expected to limit losses. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.8845 per dollar prior to the market open, weaker than the previous fix of 6.8833.

  • BANGKOK, April 26- Police in Thailand on Wednesday said they would discuss how to speed up taking down "inappropriate online content" after a man broadcast himself killing his 11- month-old daughter in a live video on Facebook. Thailand's Ministry of Digital Economy said it contacted Facebook on Tuesday afternoon about removing the videos.

  • SINGAPORE, April 26- Oil prices resumed their downward trend on Wednesday as data showed a rise in U.S. crude inventories and record supplies in the rest of the world cast doubt on OPEC's ability to cut supplies and tighten the market. West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures were trading down 13 cents, or 0.3 percent, at $49.43 per barrel at 0416 GMT, after gaining...

  • TOKYO, April 26- Japanese government bond prices were weighed down as an ebb in risk aversion sent Tokyo stocks to four-week highs and weakened investor demand for safe-haven debt. As part of its regular debt-buying program, the BOJ on Tuesday bought a total of 750 billion yen of JGBs ranging in maturities from five years to those exceeding 25 years.

  • SYDNEY, April 26- U.S. corn rose for a third straight session on Wednesday to hover near a three-week high as forecasts for rain stoked fears that farmers will switch to soybeans. The most active corn Chicago Board Of Trade Cv1 rose 0.27 percent to $3.72-3/ 4 a bushel by 0328 GMT, having gained 1.7 percent in the previous session when prices hit a high of $3.74-3/ 4 a...

  • Under rules enacted during the Obama administration, the likes of Comcast and Verizon— which offer their own video services they'd very much like subscribers to use— can't slow down Netflix, can't block YouTube, and can't charge Spotify extra to stream faster than Pandora. Broadband companies hate the net neutrality rules, and they have an ally in new Federal...

  • STOCKHOLM- Meeting of the executive board of the Riksbank- 0800 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Swedish Central Bank to publish executive board's interest rate decision along with the monetary policy report. STOCKHOLM- The Riksbank will hold a press conference on the interest rate decision.

  • FRANKFURT, Germany- "Frankfurt Finance Summit 2017." STOCKHOLM- Meeting of the executive board of the Riksbank- 0800 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Swedish Central Bank to publish executive board's interest rate decision along with the monetary policy report. STOCKHOLM- The Riksbank will hold a press conference on the interest rate decision.

  • But Cuba's hotels and restaurants are packed, major U.S. airlines are adding flights and government stores are full of frozen American chicken and U.S.-made candy. So far, Cuba is weathering the storm as Venezuela's economy craters and protesters fill its streets to denounce Cuba's greatest socialist ally. A much-feared return to Cuba's post-Soviet "Special...

  • *Spot gold may fall to $1,249/ oz- technicals. April 26- Gold fell to a two-week low on Wednesday as investor appetite for riskier assets surged on renewed optimism over the U.S. economy and as political uncertainty in France receded, softening demand for safe-haven assets. Asian stocks extended gains for a fifth straight day on Wednesday as Wall Street hit new...

  • TAIPEI, April 26- Taiwan stocks extended gains on Wednesday, a day after posting their best single-day percentage jump in nearly three weeks, while the local currency soared to its highest in over two-and-a-half years. Retail investors were piling in on the back of recent net buying by foreign investors, while an overnight rally on Wall Street added to the...

  • District Judge William Orrick III in San Francisco said Trump's Jan. 25 order targeted broad categories of federal funding for sanctuary governments and that plaintiffs challenging the order were likely to succeed in proving it unconstitutional. Reince Priebus, Trump's White House chief of staff, told reporters the administration was taking action to...

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.3 percent, hovering near their highest since June 2015. Stock markets in Japan and Australia led gainers. "We are carrying on the momentum from the overnight rally in the U.S. markets and financials are in the spotlight on expectations of good earnings," said Alex Wong, a fund manager at Ample...

  • TOKYO, April 26- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to near one-month highs on Wednesday, buoyed by a weaker yen and record high for the Nasdaq Composite. "Depending on what overseas markets do, there is reason to believe that the Nikkei could test 19,500 ahead of the upcoming holidays," said Yutaka Miura, a senior technical analyst at Mizuho Securities.

  • TOKYO, April 26- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to near one-month highs on Wednesday, buoyed by a weaker yen and record high for the Nasdaq Composite. "Depending on what overseas markets do, there is reason to believe that the Nikkei could test 19,500 ahead of the upcoming holidays," said Yutaka Miura, a senior technical analyst at Mizuho Securities.

  • WASHINGTON, April 26- Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives will debate legislation on Wednesday to breathe life into the stalled Yucca Mountain spent nuclear fuel dump in Nevada, but critics say the project is hindered by the lack of an easy transport route. Representative John Shimkus has proposed draft legislation to restart the licensing of Yucca...

  • BEIJING— China launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own on Wednesday, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes. The 50,000- ton carrier left its berth just after 9 a.m. in the northern port city of Dalian,...

  • With financial markets eagerly anticipating a White House tax plan, Trump will also call for a sharp cut in the top rate on pass-through businesses, including many small business partnerships and sole proprietorships, to 15 percent from 39.6 percent, an administration official said. "We're driving this a little bit more," a senior White House official told a...

  • WASHINGTON, April 25- The threat of a U.S. government shutdown this weekend appeared to recede on Tuesday after President Donald Trump backed away from a demand that Congress include funding for his planned border wall with Mexico in a spending bill. But on Tuesday night, some leading Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate expressed optimism that...