CHAT UP: Japan's smartphone based social networking service "Line" is set for an initial public offering early this year after shelving plans for a listing in 2014. The networking platform has 181 million monthly active users. (Yoshikazu Tsun, AFP)
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French oil giant Total has announced a 20% fall in first quarter profits due to low oil prices and disruption of its activities due to violence in Yemen and Libya.
European equities have fallen following some weaker-than-expected updates, with paper maker UPM-Kymmene slipping after announcing results.
Japan's pro-casino lawmakers have submitted a casino legalisation bill to parliament, a move Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has supported as a part of his strategy.
Asian markets have mostly fallen following losses on Wall Street, with Shanghai losing more than 1% a day after hitting a seven-year high.
European shares have fallen, with Commerzbank dropping after announcing plans to raise €1.4bn and Swiss sanitary equipment maker Geberit slipping.
British energy giant BP has announced sliding net profit on plunging oil prices and compared with the first three months of 2014.
China's top prosecutor is investigating a senior doctor in the western Yunnan province for taking over $18m worth of bribes in cash, real estate and parking spots.
US stocks have snapped a three-day rally to record highs as investors awaited Apple earnings results and a Federal Reserve policy meeting.