Oceania

Japan

Asia encouraged by Wall Street bounce, upbeat Fed

Asian share markets rallied on Thursday after U.S. stocks enjoyed their strongest session this year when the Federal Reserve sounded upbeat on the economy and promised to be patient in removing policy stimulus.

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Crude Oil

Investors take cover amid Russia crisis, oil slide

An uneasy calm settled on Asian markets on Wednesday as a brewing financial crisis in Russia and the rout in oil prices sent investors scurrying for the cover of top-rated bonds.

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Iron ore mine

After conquering iron ore, BHP and Rio move to dominate in copper

Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton are amassing vast copper holdings in a push to capture a greater chunk of the $140 billion world market, apparently aiming to squeeze out high-cost producers just as they did in the global iron ore business.

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Australia's ASX

Australian tech listing boom raises red flags

Australia is experiencing a record-shattering boom in technology listings as start-ups starved of venture capital funding pursue backdoor listings, a trend that has regulators concerned companies are trying to take short cuts to get to market.

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Marijuana Plant

Joint venture: Australia marijuana IPO creates market buzz

Australia's first initial public offering in a medicinal marijuana company is three times oversubscribed, giving high hopes to its founder's ambitions to become "the George Clooney of medicinal cannabis".

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Search area for MH370

Australia working on new drift modeling for MH370 wreckage

Australia is working on new drift modeling to expand the geographical area in which wreckage from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 may come ashore, the Australian search coordinator said on Wednesday.

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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom

Megaupload's Dotcom says extradition fight leaves him bust

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, one of the world's most wanted cyber fugitives, says his nearly three-year fight against extradition to the United States to face online piracy charges has left him broke.

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Medibank Private

Australia's Medibank IPO prices at A$2.15 a share, raising A$5.7 billion

Australia said on Sunday it would list state-owned health insurer Medibank Private Ltd (MPL.AX) with a market capitalization of A$5.679 billion ($4.9 billion), exceeding the top end of a range indicated in its IPO filing a month earlier.

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New Zealand

Middle-earth meets Middle Kingdom in NZ-China TV deal

China and New Zealand are to sign a deal which will make it easier to produce television content in the two countries, enabling the South Pacific island nation to showcase its natural landscape to lure more tourists.

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Australian, Indian leaders target free trade pact, economic boost

Australia and India will push for a free trade pact, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday during a rare state visit to Canberra by an Indian leader.

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G20 in Brisbane

G20 commits to higher growth, fight climate change; Russia isolated over Ukraine

Leaders from the G20 group of nations agreed on Sunday to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance but ties between the West and Russia plummeted to a new low over the crisis in Ukraine.

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US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew

U.S. Treasury's Lew urges Japan to use 'three arrows' of policy-official

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew emphasized to Japan's finance minister the need for Japan to use all three arrows of its economic recovery policy to escape deflation, a U.S. Treasury official said on Saturday.

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Angela Merkel

Germany's Merkel says making progress on Bali trade talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday said there had been a breakthrough in the Bali trade negotiations that might allow a deal to be finalised at the World Trade Organization.

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Joe Hockey

Australia says G20 will exceed extra 2 percent growth target

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey said on Sunday the Group of 20 countries will exceed a target to boost global growth by an additional 2 percentage points over the next five years.

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Shanghai

Interest growing in emergency health fund: World Bank

The head of the World Bank said on Friday the idea of establishing a global emergency fund that could quickly respond to a health crisis has received interest and funds for it could be raised on the international bond markets.

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