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UPDATE 1-Swiss Re rules out capital hike for any SoftBank deal

ZURICH, Feb 23 Swiss Re reported better-than-expected 2017 net income on Friday despite huge claims during a disaster-heavy 2017 and ruled out a capital increase to ease an investment approach from Japan's SoftBank that it was weighing.

7:01am GMT

UPDATE 1-Indonesia president says toxic river should be clean enough to drink within 7 yrs

JAKARTA, Feb 23 Indonesia's president on Thursday said water from the Citarum River should be made drinkable within seven years under a new cleanup project for the Java island river often ranked among the world's most polluted.

6:53am GMT

HK stocks rally on easing US rate fears; China inches up despite Anbang jolt

* HK->Shanghai Connect daily quota used 6.5 pct, Shanghai->HK daily quota used 7.4 pct

4:41am GMT

With Easy Ride trial, Nissan takes new step towards being Uber competitor

YOKOHAMA, Feb 23 Facing a future in which self-driving cars may curb vehicle ownership, Nissan Motor Co is taking its first steps to becoming an operator of autonomous transportation services, hoping to break into a segment set to be dominated by Uber Technologies and other technology firms.

4:00am GMT

UPDATE 1-China's Jan scrap metal imports plunge to 2-yr low as new bans bite

* Imports ban began on Jan.1; other controls due (Adds details, background)

3:59am GMT

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