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Oil elevated as Iraq tensions escalate, Asian shares hold firm
TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices clung to this month's high on Tuesday after Iraqi forces seized the oil-rich city of Kirkuk from largely autonomous Kurdish fighters while Asian shares held firm on optimism about upcoming earnings.
Singapore September exports post surprise decline as electronics stumble
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's exports unexpectedly fell from a year earlier in September, data showed on Tuesday, their first on-year contraction in five months as electronics shipments posted their first decline in almost a year.
Australia's ANZ sells pension business to IOOF for $766 million
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd has sold its pension unit to IOOF Holdings for A$975 million ($766 million), joining the rush of Australian banks quitting non-core and scandal-hit divisions to boost capital.
U.S. renews call for Cambodia to release opposition leader from prison
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - The United States renewed a call for Cambodia's government to release the country's main opposition leader Kem Sokha from prison, after parliament voted to change election laws that would re-distribute his party's seats if it was dissolved.
Dollar edges up as Fed leadership speculation sends up U.S. yields
TOKYO (Reuters) - The dollar edged up against its peers on Tuesday, supported by a rise in Treasury yields following a report that U.S. President Donald Trump was favoring a policy hawk as the next head of the Federal Reserve.
Japanese PM Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni shrine for war dead
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine for war dead, seen in China and the two Koreas as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, to mark its annual autumn festival, the shrine said on Tuesday.
U.S., Japan fail to bridge gap on trade in economic talks
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Japan agreed to work together against the rising threat from North Korea but failed to bridge differences on thorny issues of trade during economic talks on Monday, with Tokyo skirting U.S. demands to negotiate a two-way trade deal.
Honduras coach calls FIFA playoff dates 'inhumane'
(Reuters) - FIFA's decision to schedule the World Cup qualifier between Australia and Honduras with just five days in between the two matches was "inhumane", the Central Americans' coach Jorge Luis Pinto has said.
New Zealand inflation picks up in third quarter, unlikely to alter cenbank's cautious stance
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's inflation rate jumped in the third quarter to overtake central bank forecasts, but was unlikely to alter the bank's determination to keep rates on hold for years.
Key Republican says Trump must work with Europe on Iran
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged President Donald Trump's administration on Monday to work closely with European allies as it develops its new Iran policy.
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