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Asian shares inch up; focus on central banks, Greece

TOKYO - Asian shares scaled seven-year highs following stellar earnings from a few U.S. hi-tech giants, but investors were cautious ahead of central bank meetings this week in the U.S. and Japan and on apparent deadlock in Greece's talks with creditors.

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Nokia denies return to phone manufacturing

HELSINKI - Finland's Nokia denied reports in Chinese media that it planned to return to manufacturing phones.

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VW board members demanded Piech go after learning of secret plot

BERLIN/FRANKFURT - Ferdinand Piech, who resigned as chairman of Volkswagen over the weekend, sowed the seeds of his own demise by reneging on a deal to support CEO Martin Winterkorn and secretly plotting to oust him instead, according to sources close to the VW board.

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HSBC considering spinning off British retail bank: Sunday Times

- HSBC , Europe's biggest bank, is weighing plans to spin off its British retail bank in a 20 billion-pound ($30.37 billion) deal, the Sunday Times reported.

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UK government would oppose any takeover of BP: FT

- Britain's outgoing government has told BP Plc that it wants the company to remain a British industrial champion and it would oppose any takeover of the oil producer, the Financial Times reported.

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Cuts to pay and perks trigger flight from China's state banks

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG - Bankers at China's top state lenders are quitting in increasing numbers because of cuts to their pay and perks, and moving to a new breed of financial firms such as leasing companies, trusts and online platforms, bankers and headhunters say.

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