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  • Karachi Stock Exchange

    Pakistan's chaotic financial heart is home to 18 million people, Taliban bombers, contract killers - and one of the world's most successful stock markets.

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    High-rollers get lavish treatment and hefty credit lines at Singapore's two casinos, like any other gaming house in the world. But here, more of them skip town without paying their debt, a matter of increasing concern.

  • The death toll in China from the H7N9 bird flu virus rose to nine on Tuesday, said state media, who also quoted Chinese authorities saying a vaccine should be ready within months.

  • Shares of the surfwear maker fell as much as 30 percent on Wednesday after the struggling surfwear maker said it was in talks over a takeover proposal valuing it 45 percent lower than indicative offers.

  • A measure of Australian consumer confidence fell in April to end three months of solid gains, a reminder of how brittle the mood can be.

  • India's annual car sales fell for the first time in a decade in the just-ended financial year, calling into question bullish growth expectations that fuelled billion-dollar bets from global manufacturers.

  • China Needs to Float Yuan to Avoid Global Recession: Swan

    The global ratings agency cut China's long-term local currency credit rating to A-plus from AA-minus on Tuesday with a stable outlook, citing financial risks from rapid credit expansion alongside the rise of shadow banking activity.

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    TipRanks has launched a free tool aimed at retail investors that rates more than 5,000 sell-side analysts.

  • Oil storage tanks in Mexico.

    While China's interest in Canadian energy assets has been relatively well documented, at least in the Canadian press, Beijing is also courting Mexico, and receiving a warm welcome.

  • The digital currency bitcoin continued its surge on Tuesday crossing $200, more than doubling in value in just over one week.

  • U.K. stocks performed better during Margaret Thatcher's tenure compared to any other period of time over the last 50 years.

  • In Cyberattack on Saudi Firm, US Sees Iran Firing Back

    A "crescent of chaos" emerging from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and tensions with Iran could lead to a dramatic turnaround in the price of oil, according to Nomura's analysis.

  • China's newly-elected President Xi Jinping (R) talks with former President Hu Jintao (L) during the fourth plenary meeting of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

    Nepoch Capital, a new private equity firm founded by the son of a former member of China's politburo, has launched the first 'princeling' fundraising since the new government took power vowing to clamp down on cronyism and nepotism.

  • Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan

    A suspected new leak was found on Tuesday in Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) underground water storage pool at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

  • Easing inflation in China, which slowed at a faster-than-expected rate in March, is raising doubts over the health of the recovery in the world's second largest economy.

  • A trader monitors the foreign exchange and stocks index in Tokyo.

    Japanese investment in Europe's bond markets are expected to jump following the Bank of Japan's drastic action to ease monetary policy, the FT reports.

  • New Hope Group, China's largest producer of animal feed, said its business has been hit by the bird flu outbreak as poultry consumption has declined in the country.

  • Kim Jong-Il (C), accompanied by senior officials of the Workers' Party of Korea and Korean People's Army officials

    North Korean laborers did not show up for work on Tuesday at a factory complex operated with South Korea, effectively shutting down the zone for the first time since it began shipments in 2004.

  • Two retired senior Chinese officials are engaged in a battle with one another to sway Beijing's new leadership over the future of the one-child policy, exposing divisions that have impeded progress in a crucial area of reform.

  • Growth in developing Asia is seen gaining momentum this year, but authorities need to ward off risks of inflation and asset bubbles arising from strong capital inflows, the Asian Development Bank said Tuesday.

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