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    BHP Billiton said jobs could go at its Australian coal mines, hit by slowing industrial demand in China.

     
    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT
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  • Australia called on the world to match its tough new anti-tobacco marketing laws after its highest court on Wednesday dismissed a challenge from global cigarette companies, although few of Asia's emerging economies appeared likely to follow suit.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 7:12 AM EDT
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  • In this Nov. 18, 2011 file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese work on the production line at a solar panel factory of the Eoplly New Energy Technology Co., Ltd. in Nantong City, east China's Jiangsu Province. The Obama administration moved Thursday, May 17, 2012 to impose stiff new tariffs on solar panels made in China, finding that Chinese companies are improperly flooding the U.S. market with government-subsidized products.

    By Matt Daily

    Aug 14 (Reuters) - As solar panel prices continue to marchlower, Chinese solar companies are struggling with heavy debtloads, triggering expectations many will be forced to seek a newinfusion of funds through takeovers or mergers.

    Suntech Power Holdings could be liable for hundredsof millions in new payments after it disclosed a potential fraudby a partner, while peers such as LDK Solar, JA SolarHoldings Co, Trina Solar and Yingli GreenEnergy Holding Co are also feeling pressure.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 4:10 AM EDT
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  • India's wholesale inflation unexpectedly fell in July to a near three-year low but economists doubt the drop will be enough to persuade the central bank to cut interest rates at its September meeting to try to revive the struggling economy.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 2:06 AM EDT
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  • India has joined Japan in offering government-backed insurance for ships carrying Iranian crude in order to bypass European sanctions that have nearly halved Iranian oil exports to key markets.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 12:52 AM EDT
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  • HSBC won a legal bid on Monday to clear out anti-capitalist protesters from a public space below the bank's Asian headquarters in the Hong Kong.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 21, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT
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  • Japan's economy expanded just 0.3% in April-June, half the pace expected, raising doubts about the strength of the recovery.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 21, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT
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