News Headlines - 25 September 2013

Japan firms rush to sell long-term debt - FT.com

Japanese companies are lining up to sell longer-term debt, locking in low borrowing costs in anticipation that rates will climb as prime minister Shinzo Abe goes all out to overturn more than a decade of deflation. Data from Dealogic show that total issuance of corporate bonds in the five to 10-year range is at just under Y3tn so far this year, the highest since 1998, from the biggest number of deals since 2007.

Abe Says Japan, Canada Agree to Cooperate on Natural Gas - Bloomberg

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan and Canada have agreed to cooperate more closely on shipments of natural gas as the country seeks new energy supplies after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Abe, speaking yesterday to reporters in Ottawa at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said Canada is a stable source of energy and can provide gas at competitive prices. Abe said the two countries will hold “ministerial level consultations,” without providing details.

BBC News - Pakistan earthquake: Hundreds dead in Balochistan

A powerful earthquake killed at least 270 people in Pakistan's remote south-west province of Balochistan. The 7.7-magnitude quake struck on Tuesday afternoon at a depth of 20km (13 miles) north-east of Awaran, the US Geological Survey said.

Kindle Fire HDX: Amazon launches '3x faster' tablet to lure customers from Google and Apple | Mail Online

Amazon is refreshing its line-up of tablet computers with two new devices, both called Kindle Fire HDX while taking a serious swipe at its competitors who continue to dominate the market. One of its new tablets has a 7-inch screen, while the other is 8.9-inch version and both are said to be three times faster than the previous generation, as well as lighter and thinner. Both also have have sharper, more colourful displays that feature more pixels per inch than the latest iPad, or Google's new Nexus 7.

Higgs Boson scientist tipped to win Nobel Prize - Telegraph

Peter Higgs, the physicist who predicted the existence of the so-called “God Particle”, is among three other British-based scientists tipped to win a Nobel Prize this year.








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