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Singapore seizes ivory disguised as coffee berries

Singapore authorities said Thursday they had intercepted about one tonne of ivory worth $1.6 million in a shipping container from Africa marked as carrying coffee berries.

Singapore seizes ivory disguised as coffee berries
Japan lifts own blanket arms export ban
Japan lifts own blanket arms export ban

Japan on Tuesday lifted a self-imposed ban on weapons exports, introducing new rules covering the arms trade in a move supporters say will boost Tokyo's global role, but which could unnerve China.

Japan lifts own blanket arms export ban
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President Nazarbayev's bilateral meetings in Hague

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has had a number of bilateral meetings during the Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague.

President Nazarbayev's bilateral meetings in Hague
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S.Korea opens spot market for physical gold trade

South Korea launched a gold trading exchange for the first time on Monday in a bid to help counter the country's burgeoning black market in the precious metal.

S.Korea opens spot market for physical gold trade
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Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev meets Finland's President Sauli Niinisto

According to Nazarbayev, following the last year’s visit of Sauli Niinisto to Kazakhstan companies of the two nations signed contracts worth $100 million, with the trade turnover reaching $1 billion.

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev meets Finland's President Sauli Niinisto
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Official from Taiwan's Acer held over alleged insider trading

An official from Taiwanese computer maker Acer was formally detained Wednesday on insider trading charges, a day after prosecutors searched the firm's headquarters.

Official from Taiwan's Acer held over alleged insider trading
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New York probes special deals for high-speed traders

New York's top prosecutor Tuesday vowed to end special concessions that exchanges provide to high-speed securities traders, giving them an unfair advantage over retail investors.

New York probes special deals for high-speed traders
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Herbalife faces FTC inquiry after activist campaign

The US Federal Trade Commission has opened a civil investigation into Herbalife.

Herbalife faces FTC inquiry after activist campaign
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Kazakhstan wants to bring $6 billion out of shadows of its economy

The Government of Kazakhstan is considering a package of countermeasures against its off-the-books economy for 2014-2015.

Kazakhstan wants to bring $6 billion out of shadows of its economy
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Business Wire halts high-speed wire for fast traders

Business Wire, a service used for corporate news releases, said Thursday it would stop selling its high-speed wire to Wall Street traders seeking to get a jump on the market.

Business Wire halts high-speed wire for fast traders
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EU, US reps meet ahead of free-trade talks

US Trade Ambassador Michael Froman received his European counterpart Karel De Gucht in Washington Monday, preparing for next month's fourth round of talks on creating the world's largest free-trade area.

EU, US reps meet ahead of free-trade talks
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Oil prices mixed ahead of Fed policy meeting

Oil prices were mixed in Asian trade Monday as dealers focused on the US Federal Reserve's policy meeting this week in anticipation of further stimulus pullback.

Oil prices mixed ahead of Fed policy meeting
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Growing beard popularity shaves P&G sales

Procter & Gamble Friday revealed its latest challenge to earnings glory. This time it's a facial issue.

Growing beard popularity shaves P&G sales
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Singapore monitoring new forms of illicit financing

Asian financial hub Singapore on Friday said it was scrutinising trade in virtual currencies such Bitcoin, precious stones and metals to forestall new forms of illicit financing by criminals and terrorists.

Singapore monitoring new forms of illicit financing
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Kazakh-Iran economic and trade cooperation to ease tension in the region

Iranian Deputy Minister Valiola Afkhami visited Astana to meet with his Kazakhstani counterpart at the 3rd sitting of the Kazakh-Iranian Working Group on Trade and Economic Cooperation.

Kazakh-Iran economic and trade cooperation to ease tension in the region
Malaysia, Turkey aim to conclude free-trade deal
Malaysia, Turkey aim to conclude free-trade deal

Malaysia and Turkey pledged Friday to wrap up a free-trade deal this year as embattled Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan prepared to return home to a political crisis.

Malaysia, Turkey aim to conclude free-trade deal
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China to allow game console sales through FTZ

China has formally authorised game consoles made in a new Shanghai free-trade zone to be sold in the country, potentially opening its lucrative market up to the likes of Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's XBox.

China to allow game console sales through FTZ
Fiat shares surge on Chrysler merger
Fiat shares surge on Chrysler merger

Shares in Fiat soared on Thursday after it announced it would take full control of Chrysler, with optimism for the historic deal's potential outweighing concerns over its cost.

Fiat shares surge on Chrysler merger
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Crude prices down in quiet Asian trade

Oil prices edged lower in quiet Christmas Eve trade in Asia Tuesday as dealers engaged in profit-taking, with a lack of leads to spur fresh market movement, analysts said.

Crude prices down in quiet Asian trade
Chinese investors look to mine Bitcoin volatility
Chinese investors look to mine Bitcoin volatility

Chinese speculators have seen Bitcoin values plunge, soar and plunge again within days, but say the virtual currency's extreme volatility is a profit opportunity despite the white-knuckle ride.

Chinese investors look to mine Bitcoin volatility