Asia/Pacific

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Japan unveils $110 billion plan to fund Asia infrastructure, eye on AIIB

Japan unveiled a plan on Thursday to provide $110 billion in aid for Asian infrastructure projects, as China prepares to launch a new institutional lender that is seen as encroaching on the regional financial clout of Tokyo and its ally Washington.

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Flipkart

Copying Alibaba, India e-tailers woo small sellers for growth

Indian e-commerce firms are offering funding help and tech support to woo small retailers, emulating a strategy used by Chinese online retail giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd to expand into the towns and villages home to the majority of consumers.

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AirAsia

AirAsia loyalty program in stake sale talks: sources

Malaysian airline AirAsia Bhd's (AIRA.KL) loyalty program is in talks with private equity investors about selling a minority stake, which could value the business at about $330 million, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Huawei

Huawei stakes claim in 'Internet of Things' market with new operating system

China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's biggest telecommunications equipment maker, on Wednesday became the latest tech giant to present its own take on the 'Internet of Things' (IoT), centered on an operating system designed to allow household and business appliances to communicate with each other online.

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AIIB launch ceremony

China-backed AIIB founding members to meet in Singapore this week

Founding members of the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will hold a three-day meeting in Singapore this week to discuss operational policies for the establishment of the institution.

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Autos on a freeway

Price cutting threatens automakers' rich margins in China

International automakers are slashing prices for vehicles they sell in China in response to a slowdown in demand that threatens the industry's rich profit margins.

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Hewlett-Packard

China's Unigroup says wins bid to buy 51 percent stake in HP unit

Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N) has agreed to sell a controlling 51 percent stake in its China-based data-networking business, estimated to be worth more than $2 billion (1 billion pounds), to Tsinghua Unigroup, a spokesperson for the Chinese private equity fund's parent company said on Tuesday.

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Skymark Airlines

SMBC, DBJ to take combined 33.4 percent stake in Skymark: sources

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp and the Development Bank of Japan are set to take a combined 33.4 percent stake in bankrupt budget carrier Skymark Airlines Inc (SKALF.PK), giving them veto power over major decisions, sources familiar with the plan said.

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Pudong financial district in Shanghai

China releases guidelines for economic reform priorities in 2015

Chinese policymakers on Monday announced guidelines for reform priorities in 2015, ranging from streamlining administrative procedures to boosting the yuan's global role, as Beijing steps up efforts to open up the country's capital markets.

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Uber

Chinese car hire app Yidao Yongche hints at Uber tie-up

Chinese private car hire app Yidao Yongche has hinted at a tie-up with Uber Technologies Inc, the controversial $40 billion U.S. taxi-hailing firm which has repeatedly hit regulatory roadblocks in China, the world's largest smartphone market.

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China Railway

China approves $40 billion of rail, subway projects to bolster economy

China has approved close to 250 billion yuan ($40.30 billion) of railway and subway projects, the country's top economic planner said on Monday, as Beijing ramps up efforts to support growth amid a wider slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.

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Shanghai Real Estate

China April home prices fuel hopes of bottoming out, but long road to recovery

China's new home prices fell for the eighth consecutive month in April from a year earlier but were flat from March, adding to hopes that a property downturn which is weighing heavily on the economy is beginning to bottom out.

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Shanghai

Amid China slowdown, foreign creditors face bankruptcy riddle

As China's economy slows and Beijing becomes more relaxed about letting its companies fail, a rising number of foreign bondholders risk being caught up in the country's unpredictable court system.

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Mobile phone user

Asian shares struggle on doubts over U.S. economic momentum

Asian shares slipped on Monday and the dollar stayed near a four-month low against a basket of major currencies after soft data raised doubts over whether the U.S. economy has been growing despite U.S. share prices standing at historic highs.

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Poultry farm

Mozart-loving chickens may answer quest for healthier nugget

In barns filled with classical music and lighting that changes to match the hues outside, rows of chickens are fed a diet rich in probiotics, a regimen designed to remove the need for the drugs and chemicals that have tainted the global food chain.

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