Oceania

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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G20 leaders summit

Ukraine takes center stage as leaders gather for G20 summit

The G20 leaders summit in Australia starting on Saturday is setting up as a showdown between Western leaders and Russian President Vladimir Putin, following fresh reports of Russian troops pouring into eastern Ukraine.

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Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Australia's UGL finalizes DTZ sale, reveals project cost blowout

Australian engineering firm UGL Ltd (UGL.AX) ended one fraught chapter and started another on Thursday as it finalised the years-long $1.1 billion sale of its DTZ property arm and revealed delays and cost blowouts at a power station project.

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Australia jobs rebound, A$ still hits four-year trough

Australian employment rebounded in October to keep the jobless rate steady at 6.2 percent, though lingering concerns about the reliability of the data still led investors to sell the local dollar to four-year lows.

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Ferrovial Saw First Quarter Net Profit Fell by 83%

Transfield wants trading freeze, hush clause before negotiating with Ferrovial

Australia's Transfield Services Ltd (TSE.AX), which runs the country's offshore refugee detention centers, said it won't negotiate with Spain's Ferrovial SA (FER.MC) over a $873.60 million takeover approach until it agrees not to buy its shares for three months.

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Coca Cola Amatli Ltd profits fall in early 2013.

Coca-Cola to buy 29 percent stake in Indonesian unit for $500 million

Coca-Cola Co (KO.N) will help out Australian affiliate Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd (CCL.AX) by taking a minority stake in a struggling Indonesian unit for $500 million.

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Adani taps Morgan Stanley to help sell Australia port stake

India's Adani has appointed Morgan Stanley to advise on the possible sale of a stake in its Abbot Point coal port in Australia, as it looks to raise funds to help finance a A$7 billion ($6.2 billion) mine, rail and port project.

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Novartis

Australia's CSL buys Novartis influenza vaccine unit for $275 million

Australia's CSL Ltd (CSL.AX), the world's largest blood products company, said on Monday it had agreed to buy Novartis AG's (NOVN.VX) global influenza vaccine business for $275 million.

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Taxi

Australia's Cabcharge says rebuffs M&A talk from NY-listed FleetCor

Cabcharge Australia Ltd (CAB.AX), the country's only listed taxi payment company, said it had rebuffed an approach from FleetCor Technologies Inc (FLT.N) to buy its core payments business.

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