SYDNEY (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar held firm near three-month highs against the yen on Thursday with more gains expected as Japanese investors look for higher returns abroad now the new financial year has begun. The New Zealand dollar fell sharply to as low as $0.7057, from above $0.7100, after the International Monetary Fund said the kiwi is currently overvalued by 10-25 percent

By Robert Gibbons NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil rose above $83 on Wednesday, lifted to its highest close since October 2008 as the euro’s rise against the dollar offset government data showing crude inventory rose more than expected and gasoline stocks had a surprise build. U.S

By Ellis Mnyandu NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stocks fell on Wednesday as a report showing a surprising drop in private- sector employment stoked concerns about the health of the labor market two days before the government’s key jobs data. Wall Street took a one-two punch from ADP Employer Services data showing U.S

By Jennifer Ablan NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks dropped on Wednesday after a private report showed an unexpected drop in private-sector jobs, while the euro extended gains against the dollar on quarter-end buying. Prices of U.S

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Haiti will ask the world on Wednesday for $4 billion to help it rebuild and modernize in the wake of the earthquake that destroyed the Caribbean nation’s capital and killed up to 300,000 people. Some 120 countries, international organizations and aid groups will meet at the United Nations in New York to pledge support for a Haitian government recovery plan that includes decentralizing the economy to create jobs and wealth outside Port-au-Prince, the capital of some 4 million people.

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese officials have sought to contain public outrage after workers at a hospital dumped 21 dead fetuses and infants’ bodies near a river bank. The corpses were discovered near a bridge in Jining, a city in Shandong province on China’s east coast, abandoned there by staff at a local hospital morgue, according to Chinese news reports that have stirred sharp public criticism