13/12 Algerian state energy firm Sonatrach and France's Total are planning to work together on offshore, petrochemical, solar energy and shale exploration projects, Sonatrach's CEO said on Tuesday.  Full story
15/12 Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot prices jumped this week in reaction to volatile price spikes on European gas markets and ongoing demand from the region's major consumers.  Full story
15/12 Japan's government plans an initial budget of a record 97.7 trillion yen ($872 billion) for the 2018/19 fiscal year, while keeping new debt issuance below this year's level thanks to hefty tax revenue as the economy picks up, government sources told Reuters.  Full story
15/12 The Indian government ignored several warnings from private companies that the complex technology required for a nationwide goods and services tax (GST) to work smoothly was not ready for launch, several people who worked on the project said.  Full story
15/12 Squeezed out of its traditional markets in Central Asia by Russia's record grain crop, Kazakhstan has cut its grain export target while aiming to increase sales to China, Deputy Agriculture Minister Nurzhan Altayev told Reuters.. . .  Full story
15/12 Sri Lankan shares slipped to their lowest close in eight months on Friday as investors offloaded telecom and plantation stocks.. . .  Full story
15/12 Japan's antitrust regulator has approved a merger of Daishi Bank Ltd and Hokuetsu Bank Ltd, in a decision that pit considerations of competition against regional lenders' struggle to survive.. . .  Full story
15/12 Most Southeast Asian stock markets fell in line with Asian peers on Friday, tracking weakness on Wall Street over concerns about potential roadblocks to U.S. tax reform. Congressional Republicans reached a. . .  Full story
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15/12 South Korean messaging app service provider Kakao Corp said on Friday it is targeting raising up to $1 billion overseas for use in global mergers and acquisitions.. . .  Full story
15/12 Hong Kong stocks fell on Friday, led down by property and information technology firms tracking their mainland peers, with sentiment dented by Wall Street's weakness on concerns about the progress of U.S. tax reform. **. . .  Full story
15/12 Japan is planning to slash the amount of government bond sales to the market by about 7 trillion yen to around 134 trillion yen ($1.2 trillion) in fiscal 2018 from the current year, government. . .  Full story
15/12 Exports growth in Singapore is expected to have slowed sharply last month from October's double-digit pace, a Reuters poll found on Friday, dragged by a high base effect from a year ago and a. . .  Full story
15/12 China stocks fell on Friday, leaving main indexes down for the week, as investors responded to China's hike in market interest rates by taking profits in sectors that have had robust gains this year.. . .  Full story
15/12 China's primary money rate edged higher this week after the central bank lifted short- and medium-term market rates on Thursday, just hours after the U.S. Federal Reserves tightened policy. The People's. . .  Full story
15/12 Japanese stocks fell to their lowest in more than a week on Friday, with mobile firms extending a sell-off on concerns of increased competition after e-commerce group Rakuten said it aims to become the. . .  Full story
15/12 Thailand's finance minister on Friday said the ministry was considering a plan to offer tax incentives to encourage mergers among the country's commercial banks to create institutions able to compete with foreign banks, including regional. . .  Full story
15/12 China oil and gas major CNOOC has rented a convoy of 100 trucks to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) the length of the country to wintry northern regions in the latest unusual, and costly,. . .  Full story
15/12 Singapore's central bank announced a new measure on Friday aimed at preventing individuals from accumulating excessive unsecured debts.. . .  Full story
15/12 China stocks fell on Friday morning, with the Shanghai benchmark poised for a fifth straight week of declines. Hong Kong shares also fell. ** At 04:23 GMT, the Shanghai Composite index was down 28.08 points. . .  Full story
15/12 China's central bank announced on Friday new rules that will raise the ceiling of automatic pledge financing to lenders in a bid to improve efficiency and ward off risks in the country's payment and. . .  Full story
15/12 Japanese government bond prices were supported on Friday, with futures edging up as Tokyo stocks slipped and enhanced demand for safe-haven debt.. . .  Full story
15/12 Indonesia's statistics bureau on Friday said it had revised up October trade data to show a $1 billion surplus, compared with the earlier estimate of $900 million. October exports were revised. . .  Full story
15/12 Indonesia posted a trade surplus for a fourth consecutive month in November, the statistics bureau said on Friday, although narrower than expected. The November surplus was $130 million, the bureau. . .  Full story
15/12 Japanese business confidence improved for a fifth straight quarter in the three months to December to hit an 11-year high, a central bank survey showed, a sign the economy is gathering momentum from robust. . .  Full story
15/12 Japanese stocks fell to more than a week low on Friday morning, with mobile firms extending a sell-off on concerns of increased competition after Rakuten said it aims to become Japan's fourth wireless carrier.. . .  Full story
15/12 Maturing Chinese central bank reverse bond repurchase agreements will drain 350 billion yuan ($52.95 billion) next week. The People's Bank of China (PBOC) has injected 25 billion yuan on a net. . .  Full story
15/12 The People's Bank of China (PBOC) has injected 25 billion yuan ($3.78 billion) on a net basis into money markets via open market operations so far this year. China's central. . .  Full story
15/12 China's central bank will inject 150 billion yuan ($22.70 billion) into money markets on Friday, traders said. The People's Bank of China (PBOC) is injecting 80 billion yuan through seven-day. . .  Full story
15/12 South Korea's Iranian crude oil imports in November dropped to the lowest level since June, due to reduced shipments from the Middle Eastern country to Asia affected by its production issues.. . .  Full story
14/12 Lebanon's cabinet approved a bid on Thursday by a consortium of France's Total, Italy's ENI and Russia's Novatek, in the country's much-delayed first oil and gas offshore licensing round, a government source told Reuters.. . .  Full story
14/12 Al Tayyar Travel Group, Saudi Arabia's largest travel company, is planning to expand into Egypt in early 2018, its chief executive told Reuters.. . .  Full story
14/12 The International Monetary Funds says Tunisia is committed to "decisive action" to reform its economy before the IMF reviews the payment of its next loan tranche.. . .  Full story
14/12 Middle Eastern stock markets were mixed on Thursday, with the Saudi Arabian bourse taking little encouragement from the government's announcement of a 72 billion riyal ($19 billion) stimulus package.. . .  Full story
14/12 Sberbank, Russia's biggest bank, sees its annual net profit rising to around 1 trillion roubles ($17 billion) by 2020, according to a strategy plan published on its website on Thursday.. . .  Full story
14/12 Sri Lankan shares closed little changed on Thursday, hovering near their lowest close in eight months hit in the previous session, as gains in plantation and beverage stocks offset falls in palm oil and. . .  Full story

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