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Asia shares steady after Fed minutes, Aussie rallies

Asian shares held near 4-1/2-month highs on Thursday after U.S. Federal Reserve minutes affirmed it would be "patient" on interest rate rises and risk assets got a lift from hopes of further progress in U.S.-China trade talks.

Southwest shares drop as mechanics dispute escalates

Southwest Airlines Co's shares fell more than 5 percent on Wednesday after the low-cost U.S. carrier said it was investigating whether a conflict with its mechanics union was leading to a spike in flight cancellations.

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