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Asian Oil Refinery Margins Jump on Outages in Mideast, Asia

Several refineries in the Middle East and Asia have shut down in the past week due to fires and other technical problems, leading to a jump in profit margins for facilities still operating.

18 January 2017 | 09:00 AM

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Art Imitates Life? Kim Kardashian Films Cameo for Jewel Heist Movie

Four months after being robbed at gunpoint in Paris, Kim Kardashian is filming a cameo for the upcoming female heist caper "Ocean's Eight."

18 January 2017 | 08:12 AM

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Philippines Defense Minister Says China Arms on Islands Worrying

China's recent installation of weapons on artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea was "very troubling", the Philippines' defense minister said on Tuesday (17/01), after Manila quietly protested against Beijing's activities.

18 January 2017 | 08:00 AM

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Singapore Exports Jump on Solid China Sales, Trump Factor a Worry

Singapore's exports in December jumped for a second month thanks to solid shipments to China in a tentative sign of recovery for the external sector, but analysts were cautious about the outlook amid protectionist concerns stoked by incoming US President Donald Trump.

18 January 2017 | 07:00 AM

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Thai Floods May Cost Up to $3.4 Billion if They Last for 2-3 Months: Chamber of Commerce

Widespread flooding in southern Thailand may cost $2.4-$3.4 billion, or 0.5-0.7 percent of gross domestic product if they last for 2-3 months.

18 January 2017 | 06:00 AM

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Airlines Lufthansa and Etihad in Merger Talks

Germany's Lufthansa and Etihad Airways are in talks to possibly merge the two airlines, Italian newspaper Il Messaggero said in an unsourced report.

18 January 2017 | 05:00 AM

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Vietnam Coffee: Prices Hit Record High, Farmers Expect Rise to Continue

Vietnam's domestic coffee prices jumped to a record peak, following London futures higher, while the market slowed.

18 January 2017 | 04:00 AM

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Thai Sugar Output to Fall 3.1% in 2016-17

Sugar output for 2016-17 in Thailand, second-biggest exporter of the sweetener, is expected to fall 3.1 percent due to a widespread drought last year.

18 January 2017 | 03:00 AM

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Elite Bangladesh Police Among 26 Sentenced to Death for 2014 Murders

A Bangladeshi court on Monday (16/01) sentenced 26 people, including 16 members of the country's elite anti-terrorism force, to death, after a former member of the ruling Awami League party hired them to kill political rivals.

18 January 2017 | 02:00 AM

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Turkey Says New Year's Nightclub Attacker Captured in Istanbul

Turkish police have captured the gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day at a hideout in an outlying suburb of the city after a two-week manhunt, officials said on Tuesday (17/01).

18 January 2017 | 01:00 AM