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  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    Rating agency Standard & Poor's said on Tuesday it saw more than a one-third chance that it would downgrade Japan's sovereign ratings.

  • Shanghai commuters wear face masks as the latest H7N9 bird flu virus continues to claim victims.

    An outbreak of bird flu in China and recent images of dead pigs floating in rivers have hit demand for chicken and pork and that's likely to curb inflation in the months ahead, analysts say.

  • The yen, which has been falling for five months, is within striking distance of the psychological 100-level against the dollar. So what could trigger a break through the key barrier?

  • Australia's competition regulator has granted Virgin Australia approval to take control of loss-making rival Tiger Australia in a move that will ramp up competition for Qantas Airways.

  • So, will dollar-yen continue its descent to hit 100 this week or does the yen, which has fallen more than 20 percent since mid-November, need a fresh catalyst to trigger a further downward move? Vote and let us know what you think.

  • Gold may have seen its low price for now, amid signs of consumer and hedge fund interest in the precious metal, analysts say.

  • Senators, dubbed the "Gang of Eight," hold a news conference on immigration legislation.

    As the full identities and motives of the suspects unfold, both aisles of the immigration debate are seizing the Boston bombings as an opportunity to revamp U.S. immigration law.

  • "The market is not being irrational with Apple today," one money manager says. "The market was being irrational with Apple last year, when they kept taking the stock price higher."

  • Caterpillar reported earnings and revenue on Monday that fell short of Wall Street's expectations, and sharply cut its full-year sales forecast.

  • Singapore

    Singapore could overtake Switzerland as the world's capital for offshore wealth by 2020, a new report says.

  • Bill Gross

    Pimco's Bill Gross has launched an attack on Britain and the euro zone for cutting debt with severe austerity measures, warning that such action risks stifling recovery, the FT reports.

  • China's new President Xi Jinping (R) talks with former President Hu Jintao (L) on March 14, 2013 in Beijing, China.

    After Japan's "lost decade" you might be surprised to hear that some Chinese entrepreneurs are suggesting that China has just come out of its own "lost decade".

  • The recent fall in gold prices reflects a loss of faith in quantitative easing measures by central banks in the West, says one strategist.

  • Here are the some of the show stoppers at the Auto Shanghai Summit, together with highly anticipated models scheduled to be released soon in this red-hot market.

  • A second suspect was arrested Monday in the rape of a 5-year-old girl who New Delhi police say was left for dead in a locked room, a case that has brought a new wave of protests. The Associated Press reports.

  • Construction on a development in Beijing, China.

    Controlling home price increases in Beijing and Shanghai is critical for cooling China's broader property market, according to the chairman of Vanke, the mainland's largest real estate developer.

  • The yen weakened to within striking distance of the 100-level against the U.S. dollar on Monday, yet breaking that key psychological barrier is proving to be hard.

  • Ford Escort Concept unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show, China.

    The decline in the Indian auto industry is a concern for one of the world's largest automakers Ford Motor Company.

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    Hyundai Motors unveiled a new concept car it made only for China at the Shanghai auto show on Saturday, and plans to launch the model late this year.

  • Suppliers and investors are struggling to gauge demand for the iPhone as Samsung continues to grab market share. Indications of reduced shipments now send shares in Apple into a tailspin.

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