05h28 China will waive income tax for three years for foreign investors trading the country's new crude futures contract, the Ministry of Finance said on Tuesday, in a bid to attract overseas capital for the much anticipated launch.  Full story
05h28 South Korea's move to shut coal-fired generators to control air pollution at the same time as nuclear reactors are going into scheduled maintenance is resulting in surging fuel oil imports, as utilities burn the dirty feedstock to meet power demand.  Full story
04h04 Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Tuesday morning as local tech stocks tracked their U.S. counterparts' declines on Wall Street, which knocked other sectors into negative territory.  Full story
01h00 Confidence among Japanese manufacturers edged up in March from three months ago and the service sector's mood hit a three-year high, the Reuters Tankan poll showed on Tuesday, signaling solid readings in the central bank's closely-watched quarterly tankan survey.  Full story
19/03 IMF criticism of Lebanon's public finances is valid, but the country's draft 2018 budget sends a good signal as it seeks to cut one of the world's highest debt-to-GDP ratios from above 150 percent, the head of its central bank said.  Full story
19/03 The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and Azerbaijan are discussing deepening cooperation, including possible Azeri membership of OPEC, two sources familiar with the talks told Reuters on Monday.  Full story
19/03 Bandhan Bank Ltd's initial public offering (IPO) to raise 44.73 billion rupees ($686 million) was subscribed nearly 15 times on Monday as the biggest market debut ever by an Indian bank drew strong interest,. . .  Full story
19/03 The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development sees enormous prospects in Lebanon, but potential investors need to see progress on reform and, over the border, a process towards a settlement of Syria's war, the bank's. . .  Full story
19/03 Qatar's main stock index rose nearly 1 percent on Monday as a planned increase in foreign ownership limits boosted blue-chips and helped Doha to outperform the rest of a region weighed down by weak. . .  Full story
19/03 Sri Lankan shares fell to their lowest close in nearly seven weeks on Monday, as investors sold diversified and manufacturing stocks on worries over slower economic growth, brokers said.. . .  Full story
19/03 China elevated a key confidante of President Xi Jinping to one of the top positions in government on Monday as Beijing cracks down on riskier financing and a debt build-up that may pose systemic. . .  Full story
19/03 Sri Lanka's tea output in February rose 14 percent from a year earlier due to favourable weather and a lower base last year, the state-run Tea Board said on Tuesday.. . .  Full story
19/03 Most Southeast Asian stock markets edged lower on Monday, in line with broader Asia, as caution gripped investors ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting that starts on Tuesday.. . .  Full story
19/03 Tony Fernandes' AirAsia Bhd is in talks with a potential partner to open an airline serving Myanmar, in a move that would help the low-cost carrier cover up to 95 per cent of the. . .  Full story
19/03 Hong Kong unemployment data: * HK jobless rate steady at 2.9 pct for December-February * December-February underemployment steady at 1.0 percent. . .  Full story
19/03 Hong Kong stocks were barely changed on Monday as investors await Fed Chair Jerome Powell's first press conference on Wednesday amid expectations of a faster pace of U.S. rate hike.. . .  Full story
19/03 China's farmers are expected to plant more corn this year, eyeing higher prices and profits despite a push to reduce acreage devoted to the cereal under the government's latest five-year plan.. . .  Full story
19/03 China stocks ended higher on Monday, with gains led by healthcare firms, after Beijing formed a new economic team. ** At the close, the Shanghai Composite index was up 0.3 percent at 3,279.25, while the. . .  Full story
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19/03 A court in northern Japan on Monday rejected a lawsuit to halt construction of a nuclear plant, said the company building the facility, Electric Power Development Co (J-Power).. . .  Full story
19/03 Egypt will offer shares in four to six state companies this year seeking to raise between 12 billion and 15 billion Egyptian pounds ($680 million -$850 million), Finance Minister Amr El Garhy told Reuters. . .  Full story
19/03 Drivers for app-based cab aggregators Uber and Ola started an indefinite strike across India on Monday, demanding extra pay as a surge in the number of cabs on the two platforms, coupled with cutbacks. . .  Full story
19/03 The Philippines said it will issue an inaugural 1.46 billion yuan ($230 million) three-year "panda" bond in the onshore Chinese market on Tuesday.. . .  Full story
19/03 Japanese Government Bonds were little changed on Monday, with many Japanese market participants keeping to the sidelines ahead of their book-closing at the end of this month.. . .  Full story
19/03 Tokyo stocks dropped to their lowest in more than a week on Monday, with most sectors in negative territory as confidence was undercut by opinion polls showing support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. . .  Full story
19/03 China on Monday chose Lu Hao, a young politician who's risen swiftly through the Communist Party ranks over the past 15 years, to run a new Ministry of Natural Resources, as the government undergoes. . .  Full story
19/03 China's new home price growth slowed in February from the previous month as a raft of government curbs aimed at tempering speculative demand softened prices in the biggest cities, although strength seen in smaller. . .  Full story
19/03 China on Monday revealed a new lineup in its state council, nominated by Premier Li Keqiang, as part of a broad government reshuffle at this year's annual National People's Congress.. . .  Full story
19/03 China and Hong Kong stocks rose on Monday morning after Beijing elected a key economic team, and as investors awaited the U.S. Federal Reserve rate decision later this week. ** At 04:02 GMT, the Shanghai. . .  Full story
19/03 Tokyo Steel Manufacturing Co Ltd , Japan's top electric-arc furnace steelmaker, on Monday said it would hold product prices steady in April as it needs to ensure markets have absorbed its hikes from earlier. . .  Full story
19/03 Japan's Nikkei share average dropped to more than a one-week low on Monday morning as investors repsonded to opinion polls showing falling support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe amid a cronyism scandal that. . .  Full story
19/03 The Bank of Japan's holdings of government debt rose to a record in October-December under its quantitative easing programme, underlining concerns about the sustainability of monetary policy.. . .  Full story
19/03 Some of China's biggest shadow banking groups are shopping for regulators in far-flung regions to help pass deals unlikely to be approved by more savvy regulators closer to home, according to multiple sources with direct. . .  Full story
19/03 China has selected American-trained economist Yi Gang to become the country's new central bank governor, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Sunday, citing unnamed people with knowledge of the matter.. . .  Full story
19/03 Bank of Japan policymakers said the central bank needs to stick with its quantitative easing framework because inflation is still well below its 2 percent price target, a summary of opinions of the BOJ's. . .  Full story
19/03 New Zealand's central bank is expected to hold interest rates at a record low of 1.75 percent at the last meeting chaired by Acting Governor Grant Spencer on Thursday in its mission to. . .  Full story
18/03 Egypt announced on Sunday the names of 23 state companies that will sell stakes from this year under its plan to raise 80 billion Egyptian pounds ($4.6 billion) through minority share offerings on the. . .  Full story
18/03 Gulf stock markets eased on Sunday as gains in oil prices at the end of last week failed to spur activity, though Ezz Steel helped to lift Egypt's index.. . .  Full story

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