BREWING TAKEOVER: SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBevL products. Shares of SABMiller have surged on speculation of a takeover bid by Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer. (Scott Olson, AFP)
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Walmart's chief spokesperson has resigned after the company allegedly found
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Britain's four biggest bookmakers have committed to advertise more responsibly as part of a voluntary move to self-police, hoping to fend off further regulation.
Despite the buy, Minecraft will continue to be available on all platforms including iOS, Android and PlayStation, as well as Xbox and PCs.
Shares have climbed after heavyweights such SABMiller and AngloGold Ashanti helped prop up an otherwise saggy market.
US stocks have finished mixed as the tech-rich Nasdaq dropped more than 1% following a cautious report on Tesla Motors.
A typhoon has hit Hong Kong and is expected to disrupt business across the financial hub, with the stock market likely to stay closed for part of the morning.
Oil prices have been mixed in Asia following weak data from top energy consumers the US and China, and as dealers await a key US Federal Reserve meeting.