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The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen, narrated by Julia Whelan and Will Damron. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, narrated Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey and India Fisher. Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon and Dirk Maggs, narrated by Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis and a full cast.

Source: The Associated Press

UPDATE 2-South Korea Q1 GDP slows on weak capex, exports

*Govt, Bank of Korea see improvement in Q2. SEOUL, April 26- South Korea's economic growth halved in the first quarter from the previous three-month period as poor exports and stumbling capital investment cast doubts over policymakers' more optimistic expectations for a near-term recovery. First-quarter growth slowed to 0.4 percent in January-March over the...

Source: Reuters

Box Office Top 20: 'Jungle Book' overpowers 'Huntsman'

LOS ANGELES— Even with its star-studded cast of Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, "The Huntsman: Winter's War" proved to be no competition for the CGI majesty of "The Jungle Book," which easily topped the box office again with $61.5 million. 2. "The Huntsman: Winter's War," Universal, $19,445,035, 3,791 locations, $5,129 average,...

Source: The Associated Press

'Huntsman' sequel misfires; 'Jungle Book' reigns

With a PG-rating and solid word of mouth, it fell only 41 percent in weekend two, earning $60.8 million and bumping its domestic total to $191.5 million in just 10 days in theaters. The spectacular and somewhat unexpected hold of "The Jungle Book" overshadowed the debut of "The Huntsman: Winter's War," which, despite its high-wattage cast of Chris Hemsworth, Charlize...

Source: The Associated Press

UPDATE 3-Oil prices rise on optimism over supply, Doha meeting

*But soaring crude output in Iraq, Iran compounds glut. LONDON, April 8- Oil prices rose on Friday, lifted by hopes that a punishing global excess of crude oil could be nearing a tipping point and firm economic indicators from the United States and Germany that cast a positive light on growth in fuel demand. "You have declining supply in the United States and a...

Source: Reuters

UPDATE 2-Oil prices rise on optimism over end of punishing glut

*But soaring crude output in Iraq, Iran compounds glut. LONDON, April 8- Oil prices rose on Friday, lifted by fresh hopes over a proposed freeze in oil production and firm economic indicators from the United States and Germany that cast a positive light on growth in fuel demand. "You have declining supply in the United States and a declining rig rate," said Bjarne...

Source: Reuters

GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares soft as data casts shadow over global economy

TOKYO, April 6- Asian share prices won some reprieve on Wednesday after a sharp fall in the previous session, but gains were modest as soft economic data from the United States and Europe cast a shadow on the global economic outlook. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.1 percent in the early trade, a day after it fell 1.6 percent, its...

Source: Reuters

UPDATE 7-Oil near one-month low on unexpected U.S. demand drop

*Iran deputy oil minister says won't attend Doha meeting. The world's largest oil producers are due to meet in Doha on April 17 to negotiate an output freeze, but a jump in Russian oil production to a 30- year high in March has cast doubt over the chances of an output cap being agreed. Iran, meanwhile, continues to ramp up oil exports and has said it will not join fellow...

Source: Reuters

Nikkei ends at 7-week low on yen strength

TOKYO, April 5- Japanese stocks tumbled to a seven-week low on Tuesday as the yen's rising strength against the dollar cast a shadow over corporate earnings that have come to rely on yen weakness to supercharge export revenue. The U.S. dollar lost 0.5 percent against the yen during Asia trade on Tuesday, putting downward pressure on the share prices of Japanese...

Source: Reuters

US oil sheds 4 pct after Saudi comments on output freeze

U.S. oil fell 4 percent after the Saudi deputy crown prince cast doubt over a possible production freeze.

Source: Reuters