TOKYO, Feb. 28 -- (Kyodo) _ ---------- Tokyo stocks fall for 3rd day on yen's rise, Ukraine woes
TOKYO - Tokyo stocks fell for a third day Friday as sentiment was weighed by the yen's appreciation and worries over political uncertainty in Ukraine.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended down 82.04 points, or 0.55 percent, from Thursday at 14,841.07. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished 5.69 points, or 0.47 percent, lower at 1,211.66.
---------- Japan's oil imports fall 1.6% in Jan., down for 2nd straight month
TOKYO - Japan's crude oil imports in January dropped 1.6 percent from a year earlier to 123.98 million barrels, marking the second consecutive monthly fall, the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy said Friday.
Oil from the Middle East accounted for 83.2 percent of the total, up 0.4 percentage point, the agency under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a preliminary report.
---------- FEATURE: Humble actress achieves success at young age
BERLIN - Being humble is the key to success for actress Haru Kuroki.
The 23-year-old Japanese won the Silver Bear for best actress at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, one of the world's three major film festivals, in early February for her part in director Yoji Yamada's "The Little House."
---------- China negotiator wraps up Taiwan trip, eyes new trade agreement
TAIPEI - A senior Chinese negotiator concluded a three-day visit to Taiwan on Friday, having inked agreements on sharing weather and earthquake data, and said he hopes to see negotiations on a new agreement on cross-strait trade in goods wrapped up within the year.
Chen Deming, head of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, signed the two agreements Thursday with Lin Join-sane, head of Taiwan's semiofficial Straits Exchange Foundation.
---------- Court rejects appeal for damages against Hashimoto, TV station
HIROSHIMA - The Hiroshima High Court on Friday upheld a lower court decision rejecting an appeal for damages by a group of lawyers against an Osaka-based TV broadcaster and former Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto over remarks he made attacking their defense of a man accused of killing a woman and her baby daughter.
The court rejected the lawyers' claim they had been defamed by Hashimoto's call for a nationwide campaign against them in May 2007 after they denied the defendant had intended to kill the victims in Hikari, Yamaguchi Prefecture, in 1999.
---------- Thailand bus accident kills 15, mostly schoolchildren
BANGKOK - An accident involving two double-decker tour buses and a semitrailer truck in eastern Thailand killed at least 15 people, including 13 schoolchildren, and injured dozens more Friday, according to police and health officials.
Police said one of the two chartered buses, which were carrying students from Nakhon Ratchasima Province on a fieldtrip to the beach town of Pattaya, apparently suffered brake failure while descending a hill in the neighboring province of Prachinburi at around 4:30 a.m.