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End of an era as Hong Kong stock trading floor set to close

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:49:59 GMT2017-10-20T07:49:59Z

HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's last remaining stock market floor traders are taking their final orders as the exchange prepares to shut its trading hall, joining other world exchanges in going fully automated....



Australian car-making ends with last GM plant closing

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:58:12 GMT2017-10-20T03:58:12Z

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The last mass-produced car designed and built in Australia rolled off General Motors Co.'s production line in the industrial city of Adelaide on Friday as the nation reluctantly bid farewell to its auto manufacturing industry....



Workers at iPhone supplier in China protest unpaid bonuses

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:46:41 GMT2017-10-20T00:46:41Z

SHANGHAI (AP) -- Hundreds of workers streamed through dark streets, blocking an entrance to an Apple iPhone supplier's factory in eastern China to protest unpaid bonuses and factory reassignments, two witnesses and a U.S. nonprofit group said Thursday....



Chinese official: Fallen politician plotted against leaders

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:18:53 GMT2017-10-20T08:18:53Z

BEIJING (AP) -- A senior figure in China's ruling Communist Party accused a dismissed regional leader of plotting to "usurp party leadership," adding to accusations against the former rising star....



Japan standards inspectors search Kobe Steel over faked data

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:12:56 GMT2017-10-20T12:12:56Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's industrial standards agency searched offices of metals maker Kobe Steel on Friday as investigations into falsified data on its products widened....



South Koreans recommend gov't complete 2 nuclear reactors

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 02:42:17 GMT2017-10-20T02:42:17Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Koreans recommended the government Friday continue building two stalled nuclear reactors that the new president had wanted to shutter, after months of deliberation on the issue that divided South Korea over the future of its key energy source....



Banks, technology lead early gains for US stocks; oil falls

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:35:24 GMT2017-10-20T14:35:24Z

U.S. stocks were up slightly in early trading Friday as investors cheered a crop of strong company earnings. Technology companies posted some of the biggest gains. A jump in bond yields also helped lift bank shares. Consumer products companies lagged the most. Energy stocks declined following a slide in crude oil prices....



MH17 investigators appeal for information about Buk photo

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:14:33 GMT2017-10-19T18:14:33Z

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- An international team investigating the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine appealed Thursday for information about a photograph which prosecutors believe features the Buk rocket that blew the passenger jet out of the sky, killing all 298 on board....



Facebook knocks down Thai PM's claim of Zuckerberg meeting

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:46:32 GMT2017-10-19T10:46:32Z

BANGKOK (AP) -- Facebook says its top executives aren't coming to Thailand, two days after the country's military ruler announced CEO Mark Zuckerberg would meet him this month....



China's conflicted goals: Freer markets, more party control

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:10:16 GMT2017-10-19T04:10:16Z

BEIJING (AP) -- China's ruling Communist Party is expanding its role in business even as it promises freer markets and support for entrepreneurs on the eve of President Xi Jinping's second five-year term as leader....