26 charges against Kansas abortion clinic dismissed
A Kansas judge on Thursday dismissed 26 misdemeanor charges against a Kansas City-area Planned Parenthood clinic, honoring a prosecutor's request to further narrow a criminal case over allegations the clinic performed illegal late-term abortions.
Japan Orders Nomura to Improve Operations
Japan's Financial Services Agency on Friday ordered Nomura Holdings Inc. (8604.TO) to improve its operations after a string of insider trading cases that have put Japan's biggest brokerage under scrutiny over the past few months.
Sharp Shares Near 40-Year Low as Woes Pile Up
The gloom gathering around Japan's struggling electronics industry darkened Friday as investors spooked by Sharp Corp.'s (6753.TO) steep losses and perceived strategy fumbles sent the shares skidding to lows not seen for nearly 40 years, wiping nearly a third off the company's value.
Philex Mining: Suspended Operations at Padcal Copper-Gold Mine
Philex Mining Corp. (PX.PH) has suspended operations at its Padcal copper-gold mine after the mine's tailings pond was flooded in the wake of Typhoon Saola that hit northern Philippines early this week, the company said in a statement to the stock exchange Friday.
Hon Hai Hopes to Pursue Larger Stake in Sharp
As Sharp Corp.'s (6753.TO) shares plunged as much as 30% Friday, its Taiwanese partner Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (2317.TW) said that the company hopes to pursue a larger stake in Sharp if the struggling Japanese consumer electronics maker is willing to sell more.
China July Services-sector Activity Rises Further
Business activity in China services sector improved at a faster rate in July than in the month before on an increase in new order volumes, according to an HSBC survey released Friday.
China Official July Non-Manufacturing PMI Falls Due to Weak Property Sector
Dragged by a weak performance from the real-estate sector, China's official non-manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index fell to 55.6 in July from 56.7 in June, likely adding to market concerns about a sharp and continuous slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.
BMW Aims to Double Annual Production of Engines in China
German luxury auto maker BMW AG (BMW.XE) plans to double its annual production of engines in China, the major growth driver for global car makers and where demand for upscale vehicles continues to be strong.
China Shares Up On Reported Trimming Of Stock Fees
Mainland Chinese shares bucked a regional decline to rise in Friday trading -- with the Shanghai Composite Index up 0.2% -- after the country's financial regulator said it is trimming some stock fees, according to reports.
BHP Takes $3.29 Billion Writedown; CEO Kloppers Declines Bonus
BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) said Friday it will write down the value of U.S. shale gas and Australian nickel assets by a combined US$3.29 billion, prompting Chief Executive Marius Kloppers to decline an annual bonus in the latest sign the global resources boom has lost momentum.