Seoul steps up bird inspection for avian influenza

February 13, 2012 12:25 pm· Comments Off on Seoul steps up bird inspection for avian influenza 

SEOUL, Feb. 13 — South Korea plans to test about 2,000 migratory birds in 2012 to monitor the possible inflow of avian influenza, a move that will help minimize damage from the disease, the government said Monday.

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SK Group chief appointed as Hynix board member

February 13, 2012 12:25 pm· Comments Off on SK Group chief appointed as Hynix board member 

SEOUL, Feb. 13 — The chief of SK Group was appointed on Monday as a board member of Hynix Semiconductor Inc., which was sold to South Korea's third-largest business group in December.

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China stock index futures open lower Monday

February 13, 2012 12:25 pm· Comments Off on China stock index futures open lower Monday 

BEIJING, Feb. 13 — China's stock index futures opened lower on Monday, with the contract for settlement in February, the most actively traded, down 12 points at 2,517.8 points.

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Minister urges foreign firms to increase investment

February 13, 2012 12:25 pm· Comments Off on Minister urges foreign firms to increase investment 

SEOUL, Feb. 13 — South Korea's commerce minister on Monday called on foreign companies here to further expand their investment in the country and help create jobs.

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S. Korea to complete domestic procedures for free trade talks with Vietnam

February 13, 2012 12:25 pm· Comments Off on S. Korea to complete domestic procedures for free trade talks with Vietnam 

SEOUL, Feb. 13 — South Korea will complete its domestic procedures to start free trade talks with Vietnam as part of efforts to strengthen economic ties with the fast-growing market, the finance ministry said Monday.

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Lee calls savings bank bill 'irrational,' suggests exercising veto

February 13, 2012 12:25 pm· Comments Off on Lee calls savings bank bill 'irrational,' suggests exercising veto 

SEOUL, Feb. 13 — President Lee Myung-bak said Monday the government should scrutinize and respond actively to "irrational" bills, including one on expanding government compensation for lost savings bank deposits, amid criticism it is a populist policy ahead of the parliamentary elections.

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NTS likely to order Samsung to pay additional tax

February 13, 2012 12:25 pm· Comments Off on NTS likely to order Samsung to pay additional tax 

SEOUL, Feb. 13 — South Korea's tax agency will likely order Samsung Electronics Co. to pay at least 100 billion won (US$ 89.04 million) in unreported tax and related penalties, sources said Monday.

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Govt told to control food imports

February 13, 2012 12:25 pm· Comments Off on Govt told to control food imports 

SEMARANG, C. Java, Feb. 13 — The government should control food imports which tend to increase due to the growing middle-class population in Indonesia, a spokesman said.

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(Metro News) Malabon distributes 8,000 PhilHealth cards

February 13, 2012 12:25 pm· Comments Off on (Metro News) Malabon distributes 8,000 PhilHealth cards 

MANILA, Feb. 13 – As part of its efforts to provide adequate medical and health care to its marginalized constituents, the Malabon City government distributed 8,000 Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) cards in 2011.

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New Zealand quarantines Japan flight in flu scare

February 13, 2012 12:25 pm· Comments Off on New Zealand quarantines Japan flight in flu scare 

WELLINGTON, Feb. 13 — New Zealand health officials Monday allowed a group of passengers on a flight from Japan into the country after they were quarantined in a flu scare.

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