CARRIER OF EXCELLENCE: Dubai's Emirates Airline made a one-off flight to the Iranian capital, Tehran, for the first time with its flagship Airbus A380 plane to celebrate its introduction of more flights on the route. (Behrouz Mehri, AFP)
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Asian markets have mostly been higher with Japan's Nikkei rising after a survey of business confidence showed a surprise pick-up.
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EBay says it will spin off PayPal, its fast-growing payments business, into a publicly traded company, marking an about-face for the company.
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