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  • TOKYO, Oct 23- A rapidly weakening typhoon Lan made landfall in Japan on Monday, setting off landslides and flooding that prompted evacuation orders for tens of thousands of people, but then headed out to sea after largely sparing the capital, Tokyo. Four people were reported killed, hundreds of plane flights cancelled, and train services disrupted in the wake of...

  • He said it is crucial for Congress to pass what he described as historic tax cuts. The Senate last week passed a budget that includes rules that will allow Republicans to get tax legislation through the Senate without Democratic votes. House Republican leaders are emphasizing the need for the House to pass the Senate budget to avoid negotiations between the...

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 23- London copper pared early gains but traded steady on Monday after Chinese authorities reaffirmed that the country's economy was on track to achieve the official growth target even as its housing market slows. LME copper prices reached $7,177 a tonne last week, the highest in three years, as manufacturing brightens in Asia, Europe and the...

  • BEIJING, Oct 23- China's sugar imports in September fell two-thirds from a year earlier as hefty tariffs on foreign arrivals continued to dent buying appetite, customs data showed on Monday, while corn imports surged to meet temporary tightness in supply. Last month's sugar imports slumped 67.5 percent to 160,000 tonnes, data from the General Administration...

  • TOKYO— Shares were mixed Monday in Asia, while Japan's benchmark rose on the back of a parliamentary election victory by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democrats, who had promised stability and growth. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 1.1 percent to 21,696.65. India's Sensez fell 0.2 percent and shares in Southeast Asia were mixed.

  • JAYAPURA, Indonesia— Three days of clashes between Indonesian police and gunmen near a U.S.-owned gold and copper mine in easternmost Papua province have killed one officer and wounded six others. Papua police spokesman Ahmad Mustofa Kamal said the latest attack happened Monday morning and injured four officers from Brimob, a paramilitary police force.

  • LONDON, Oct 23- European shares opened sideways on Monday, with Madrid's bourse underperforming its peers for another session as the ongoing crisis in Catalonia continued to take its toll. The pan-European STOXX 600 was up 0.1 percent while Spain's benchmark IBEX fell 0.5 percent, with banks, such as BBVA down 1.2 pct and Banco Santander down 0.8 percent, taking...

  • BEIJING, Oct 23- China's gasoline exports in September fell to their lowest monthly level in almost two years, while diesel shipments dropped to the lowest since January, data showed on Monday, as domestic demand picked up ahead of winter and refiners ran out of quotas. Gasoline exports fell by 32.4 percent from a year ago to 570,000 tonnes, the lowest since...

  • *China Sept exports to North Korea $266.35 million versus $315.97 million in previous month- customs data. *China Sept imports from North Korea $145.82 million versus $288.29 million in previous month- customs data. *China Jan-Sept imports from North Korea $1.48 billion, down 16.7 percent y/y.

  • *Cements expectation of Japan's ultra-easy monetary policy. LONDON, Oct 23- Euro zone borrowing costs fell on Monday as a big win for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc in a national election gave the green light for a continuation of Japan's hyper-easy monetary policy. "There was bit of a tail risk that if Abe emerged from the election weaker, there...

  • BEIJING, Oct 23- China's monthly imports of liquefied natural gas jumped to their second-highest on record in September as the country bids to ramp up supply for households in the north set to use gas for winter heating for the first time in Beijing's war on smog. China brought in 3.45 million tonnes of LNG last month, according to data released by the General...

  • *Iraq supplies cut amid fighting between govt. forces, Kurds. SINGAPORE, Oct 23- Oil prices were stable on Monday, supported by supply concerns in the Middle East and declining U.S. drilling activity, although analysts warned that the United States market may not be tightening by as much as expected. "Oil prices are holding comfortably above $50 as possible supply...

  • BEIJING, Oct 23- China's sugar imports in September fell 67.5 percent from a year earlier to 160,000 tonnes, as hefty tariffs on foreign arrivals continued to dent buying appetite, customs data showed on Monday, while corn imports rose sharply to meet a temporary tightness in supply. Sugar imports in the first nine months of this year fell to 1.83 million tonnes,...

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 23- China stocks ended slightly higher on Monday on strong gains in consumer and healthcare firms though trading volumes remained thin as investors awaited policy cues from a key party congress. Policymakers at the Communist Party congress in Beijing suggested that Beijing was formulating plans for a free port in Shanghai and accelerating the...

  • *Oil liquids unit to be sold for about $580 mln. *Noble flags company loss of $1.1 bln to $1.25 bln for Q3. SINGAPORE, Oct 23- Struggling commodities trader Noble Group agreed to sell its Americas- focused oil trading business to Vitol for about $580 million as part of a debt-cutting strategy, and warned of a big loss for its third quarter.

  • TOKYO, Oct 23- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, buoyed by a huge election win for lawmakers who favour revising Japan's post-war, pacifist constitution, signalled a push towards his long-held goal on Monday but will need to convince a divided public to succeed. That left the small, new Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan as the biggest group opposed to Abe's...

  • *China revised Sept dollar-denominated exports +8.1 percent y/y (prelim +8.1 percent y/y). *China revised Sept dollar-denominated imports +18.6 percent y/y (prelim +18.7 y/y). *China revised Sept trade balance+ $28.61 billion (prelim$ +28.47 billion) (Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Sam Holmes).

  • TOKYO, Oct 23- Japan's Nikkei share average notched 21- year highs on Monday to rise for a record 15th straight session, lifted by a weaker yen after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition scored a resounding election victory on Sunday. "While upward momentum is apparently strong, it would not be unusual for short-term profit-taking to emerge," said Yutaka Miura, a...

  • Oct 23- Boeing Co and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd announced they have agreed on steps to reduce the cost of producing the wings of the 787 Dreamliner. MHI is the sole supplier of the 787 composite wings and manufactures them at its factory in Nagoya. Delays in the 787 development and delivery, due in part to difficulties of managing a global supply...

  • *Spot gold may seek support in $1,271- $1,273/ oz range- techs. Oct 23- Gold hit its lowest in over two weeks on Monday, as the dollar climbed to a three-month high versus the yen after Japan's ruling bloc scored a big win in Sunday's election, leaving the door open to ultra-loose monetary policy for longer. "This move is just really because of the dollar strength," said...