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Asian shares sink after pullback on Wall Street

TOKYO — Asian shares skidded Tuesday following Wall Street’s biggest loss in more than four months. Japan’s benchmark languished as the yen firmed against the U.S. dollar. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index lost 1.4 per cent to 23,291.97 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped 1.1 per cent to 32,601.62. South Korea’s Kospi sank 1.1 …

Bluefin tuna sold for $320,000 in 1st Tsukiji sale of ’18

TOKYO— An 892 pound (405 kilogram) bluefin tuna has sold for 36.5 million yen ($320,000) in what may really be Tsukiji market’s last auction at its current site in downtown Tokyo, local media reports said Friday. The winning bid for the prized but threatened species at the predawn auction was well below the record 155.4 …

Asian markets mostly higher on upbeat Japan trade data

TOKYO — Share prices were mostly higher in Asia on Monday, lifted by robust trade data from Japan that suggest a sustained recovery in demand in China and other major markets. Last week’s strong finish on Wall Street also helped lift regional benchmarks. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index jumped 1.6 per cent to 22,914.85, …

Asian shares fall back as investors cautious over Fed, China

TOKYO — Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as investors stepped back after several days of advances, erasing early gains. Markets are awaiting the Federal Reserve meeting on Wednesday and the outcome of a major Chinese planning conference. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index lost 0.3 per cent to 22,866.17 while South Korea’s …

Asian markets extend losses after dismal session on Wall St

  TOKYO — Shares in Asia fell Wednesday after another afternoon fizzle for stocks that left the Standard & Poor’s 500 index with its third straight loss. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index lost 0.9 per cent to 22,419.88 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong slumped 1.6 per cent to 28,389.35. The Shanghai Composite …

2 kiwi birds are rare bright spot in grim extinction report

TOKYO — Two types of New Zealand kiwi birds are a rare bright spot in a mostly grim assessment of global species at risk of extinction. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature upgraded the Okarito kiwi and the Northern Brown kiwi from endangered to vulnerable thanks to New Zealand’s progress in controlling predators like stoats …

Global shares advance, shrugging off North Korean missile

TOKYO — Global share benchmarks advanced Wednesday following a broad rally on Wall Street that lifted U.S. stocks to a milestone-shattering finish. Investors appeared to shrug off the latest launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX gained 0.7 per cent to 13,152.52 and the CAC 40 of France was up …

Asian shares gain, shrugging off North Korean missile launch

TOKYO — Shares are mostly higher in Asia following a broad rally that lifted U.S. stocks to a milestone-shattering finish. Investors appeared to shrug off the latest launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gained 0.4 per cent to 22,572.11, while South Korea’s Kospi was almost unchanged at …

Japan exports drive expansion, offset weak consumer spending

TOKYO — Japan’s economy expanded at a 1.4 per cent annualized rate in July-September in the seventh straight quarter of growth for the world’s third-largest economy. The economy is in its longest period of expansion since 2001. But it slowed from a 2.6 per cent annualized rate of growth in April-June, the Cabinet Office reported …

UK tries to bring home 110,000 travellers after airline fails

LONDON — British authorities are scrambling to bring home 110,000 travellers after Monarch Airlines collapsed Monday, cancelling all flights by what had been Britain’s fifth biggest carrier. The Civil Aviation Authority said it has leased 30 aircraft to transport Monarch customers scattered around holiday destinations ranging from Turkey to Spain and Sweden. Flights will be …

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