15,000 properties flooded in Australia's Brisbane

January 13, 2011 12:14 pm· Comments Off on 15,000 properties flooded in Australia's Brisbane 

BRISBANE, Jan. 13 — Almost 15,000 homes and businesses are flooded in Brisbane but the Australian third largest city appears to have been spared the worst, police said on Thursday.

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Ukraine sees good prospects for winter grain harvest

January 13, 2011 12:14 pm· Comments Off on Ukraine sees good prospects for winter grain harvest 

KIEV, Jan. 13 — Ukraine's winter grain harvest may rise from 15 to 20 percent this year on optimistic crop conditions, the Ukrainian National Hydrometeorology Center said Wednesday.

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LG Uplus launches social networking services

January 13, 2011 12:14 pm· Comments Off on LG Uplus launches social networking services 

By Lee Youkyung

SEOUL, Jan. 13 — LG Uplus Corp., South Korea's smallest mobile carrier, said Thursday that it has made inroads into the fast-growing mobile social networking market in South Korea in an effort to find new revenue sources.

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SK Group to invest 10.5 tln won in 2011

January 13, 2011 12:14 pm· Comments Off on SK Group to invest 10.5 tln won in 2011 

SEOUL, Jan. 13 — SK Group, South Korea's third-largest conglomerate, said Thursday that it plans to raise its investment by 31 percent this year from a year ago to 10.5 trillion won (US$ 9.4 billion).

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BOK unexpectedly hikes key rate to 2.75 pct

January 13, 2011 12:14 pm· Comments Off on BOK unexpectedly hikes key rate to 2.75 pct 

By Kim Soo-yeon

SEOUL, Jan. 13 — South Korea's central bank unexpectedly raised the key interest rate by a quarter percentage point on Thursday in an apparent bid to contain growing inflationary pressure.

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Dollar above 83 yen line in Tokyo

January 13, 2011 12:14 pm· Comments Off on Dollar above 83 yen line in Tokyo 

TOKYO, Jan. 13 — The U.S. dollar traded above the 83 yen line early Thursday in Tokyo.

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U.S. stocks gain on improving economic conditions

January 13, 2011 12:14 pm· Comments Off on U.S. stocks gain on improving economic conditions 

NEW YORK, Jan. 13 — The U.S. stocks gained on Wednesday as the Federal Reserve reported improving economic conditions across the country and upbeat earning outlooks for banks helped lift investor sentiment.

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S. Korea's central bank raises key interest rate to 2.75 pct

January 13, 2011 12:14 pm· Comments Off on S. Korea's central bank raises key interest rate to 2.75 pct 

SEOUL, Jan. 13 — South Korea's central bank on Thursday raised its key interest rate by 25 basis points to 2.75 percent in a move that defied the general market consensus.

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S. Korea faces biggest test of group stage against ‘Socceroos’

January 13, 2011 12:14 pm· Comments Off on S. Korea faces biggest test of group stage against ‘Socceroos’ 

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Jan. 13 — South Korea is coming off a solid 2-1 win over Bahrain on Tuesday to start its Asian Cup football tournament in Qatar, but the real test is set for Friday.

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NASA research finds 2010 tied for warmest year on record

January 13, 2011 12:14 pm· Comments Off on NASA research finds 2010 tied for warmest year on record 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 — Global surface temperatures in 2010 tied 2005 as the warmest on record, according to an analysis released Wednesday by researchers at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.

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