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Apple's China success sets stage for iPhone 6, new products

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- Strong sales of iPhones in China and emerging markets sets the stage for Apple Inc to reap even higher profits after it launches the next iPhone and other new products, analysts said.

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Exclusive - Three employees at Marubeni's grain unit in China detained 24 Apr 2014

TOKYO/BEIJING - Three employees at one of Marubeni Corp's grain trading unit in China have been detained, Chinese customs said on Thursday, a move prompted by allegations of tax evasion on soybean imports.

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Adidas shifts orders from striking China plant 24 Apr 2014

SHANGHAI - Sportswear firm Adidas AG is shifting some orders from a factory in south China that has been at the centre of one of the country's biggest labour strikes, underlining a rising challenge for firms doing business in China where an increasingly savvy workforce is pushing harder for its rights.

China welcomes Palestinian unity deal, hopes will help peace 24 Apr 2014

BEIJING - China's foreign ministry welcomed on Thursday a unity pact agreed between the Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas' Palestine Liberation Organisation, saying Beijing hoped this would help peace talks with Israel.

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Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies 24 Apr 2014

TOKYO - U.S. President Barack Obama assured ally Japan on Thursday that Washington was committed to its defence, including of tiny isles at the heart of a row with China, but denied he had drawn any new "red line" and urged peaceful dialogue over the islands. | Video

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Japan's Mitsui pays China to release seized ship-court 24 Apr 2014

BEIJING/TOKYO - Japan's Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd paid about $29 million for the release of a ship seized by China over a dispute that dates back to the 1930s war between the countries, China's Supreme Court said on Thursday.

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Apple expands buybacks by $30 billion, OKs 7-for-1 stock split 24 Apr 2014

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc has approved another $30 billion (17.8 billion pounds) in share buybacks till the end of 2015 and authorized a rarely seen seven-for-one stock split, addressing calls to share more of its cash hoard while broadening the stock's appeal to individual investors. | Video

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Exclusive - Russia, China block Central African Republic blacklist at U.N. 23 Apr 2014

UNITED NATIONS - Russia and China have blocked a proposal by the United States and France to impose U.N. sanctions on Central African Republic's former President Francois Bozize and two other people linked to the conflict there, diplomats told Reuters on Wednesday.

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Exclusive - Russia, China block Central African Republic blacklist at U.N. 23 Apr 2014

UNITED NATIONS - Russia and China have blocked a proposal by the United States and France to impose U.N. sanctions on Central African Republic's former President and two other people linked to the conflict there, diplomats told Reuters on Wednesday.

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China says probing reports Chinese chlorine used in Syria attack 23 Apr 2014

BEIJING - China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that it was investigating reports that a chlorine canister bearing the name of the country's biggest arms maker was shown in footage believed to document a gas attack in Syria this month.

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