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Asia shares sluggish, oil drifts lower

SYDNEY - Asian markets got off to a sluggish start on Monday in a week book ended with Easter holidays across the globe and a U.S. jobs report that could impact the timing of the first hike in interest rates there.

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China central bank governor calls for vigilance on deflation

BOAO, China - China's central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan warned on Sunday that the country needs to be vigilant for signs of deflation and said policymakers were closely watching slowing global economic growth and declining commodity prices.

1:58am EDT

British Airways says some frequent flyer accounts hacked

LONDON - British Airways said on Sunday tens of thousands of its frequent flyer accounts had been hacked and that it had frozen those affected to sort the problem out.

ABN Amro IPO back in sight after executives concede on pay

AMSTERDAM - The Dutch government will reconsider selling off ABN Amro [ABRGPA.UL], Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said, after senior managers agreed to give up a controversial pay rise that had stalled progress on the bank's proposed share listing.

1:16pm EDT

ChemChina chairman says hopes to re-list Pirelli in Italy

BEIJING - The chairman of China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) said on Sunday he hopes to re-list Italy's Pirelli on the Italian stock exchange after his firm agreed earlier this month to acquire the world's fifth-largest tire maker.

Deals, China, Italy 4:44am EDT

Investment banks eye potential trading boost from ECB stimulus

LONDON - Investment banks feeling the pinch from increased regulation since the financial crisis could reap an earnings reward from a boost in trading activity under the European Central Bank's (ECB) trillion-euro quantitative easing (QE) program.

5:59am EDT

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