"The economy is so unstable and will not survive at the current pace. And Russia does not make anything on its own," said one oligarch.
Global cereal prices dropped thanks to excellent production and export prospects in many major producing countries, the UN food agency said.
The number of "super-aged" societies are set to quadruple by 2020, with smaller workforces and lower household savings set to drag economic growth.
Despite simmering tensions between China and Southeast Asia, trade between them has surged in recent years and the ties will only deepen, HSBC said.
Russia and Iran have yet to agree on details of an oil-for-food deal, highlighting global pressures on both countries.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday, with investors reacting to disappointing data and escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
Putin earlier signed an order banning or limiting imports of agricultural products from countries which have imposed sanctions on Russia.
Ebola virus and conflict in the Middle East and a possible trade war with Russia could all hurt air travel this year, the IATA said.
Japanese, Korean and Singaporean applications for business visas in India have shot up in the last year. Global Post reports.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the country should counter sanctions imposed over its Ukraine policy. The NYT reports.
August is the month when, many Russians believe, things often go wrong for the country, could this August be about to repeat the pattern?
NATO said that Russia has around 20,000 troops on Ukraine's border in an escalation of the current crisis. NBC News reports.
Ongoing tensions between Russia and Ukraine have shifted opportunities for investors, Franklin Templeton's Katrina Dudley says.
Russia's Energy Ministry said it was withdrawing Minister Alexander Novak's statement on cooperation with Iran on crude oil shipments.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his government to prepare retaliatory measures against the latest round of Western sanctions.
Emerging market currencies are likely to remain weak for the long term, and that's spurring a strategy shift, General Motors said.
Dubai's largest developer Emaar Properties reported a 29 percent increase in net income late on Monday, missing expectations.
Easing bank lending conditions in emerging markets may be the latest sign of improving sentiment in the once-battered sector, experts say.
McDonald's sales in markets, including China and Japan, are experiencing a "significant negative impact" since a food safety scandal in China.
India PM Narendra Modi asked for only or primarily Hindi language to be used on official social media accounts. GP reports.