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India's government faces a tight vote of confidence in parliament on Tuesday that will decide the fate of a civil nuclear cooperation deal with the United States and could trigger a snap election.
One of Beijing's most important subway lines seized up on Monday when the mass of passengers forced workers to close off entrances for safety on the first working day of pre-Olympic traffic restrictions.
China's national pension fund will not make significant changes to its investment portfolio despite suffering big losses in equities, the fund's chairman, Dai Xianglong said in comments published on Monday.
Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa said on Friday the central bank was putting equal focus on inflation and downside risks to the economy, reinforcing the view that interest rates will stay on hold at least for the rest of this year.
China's economy slowed in the second quarter under the weight of slower exports and a drive by the central bank to tighten credit, but inflationary pressures remained uncomfortably high, the government said on Thursday.
Malaysian opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim has been freed on police bail, his lawyers said , but Anwar could still be charged for sodomy at a later date. As a condition of the bail, Anwar has to report to police on Aug. 18 unless the authorities decide otherwise.
Democrat Barack Obama said Tuesday that the New Yorker magazine's satirical cover depicting him and his wife as flag-burning, fist-bumping radicals doesn't bother him but that it was an insult to Muslim Americans.
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been arrested by police, his lawyer said. Anwar had agreed to meet authorities later Wednesday on a sodomy complaint lodged by a former aide. Police had warned they would arrest him if he did not show up.
A massive algae bloom that threatened the Olympic Games sailing venue at the Chinese coastal resort of Qingdao has now almost been cleared, state media reported on Wednesday.
A key gauge of German investor sentiment slid to a record low in July, battered by concerns about the U.S. financial sector and fears of a lasting downturn for German manufacturers.
The Bank of Japan left interest rates on hold at 0.5% on Tuesday as expected but downgraded its growth forecasts, warning high energy costs are slowing the world's second largest economy.
Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej is set to unveil a new package of tax cuts and cash handouts on Tuesday in a bid to revive a struggling economy and his government's flagging popularity.
Zhou Zhilian is one of thousands of entrepreneurs for whom the Olympic Games next month represent more a missed opportunity than a chance to cash in on the influx of visitors expected to pour into Beijing.
Malaysian police vowed to crack down on an opposition-led rally on Monday, seeking to subdue growing dissent, as opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim prepared to meet police over sodomy accusations against him.
One of China's biggest steelmakers, Shougang, has announced it will slash production at its Beijing plant, bowing to pressure to help clean the city's grimy skies for the Olympic Games.
China recorded a smaller-than-expected trade surplus of $21.35 billion in June, as slower growth in exports contributed to concerns that weakening demand overseas could be starting to hit the economy.
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will announce plans to retire in June 2010, a move aimed at ending months of political uncertainty that have unnerved investors, a news website said on Thursday.
South Korea's central bank kept rates on hold on Thursday as expected, with its battle against inflation now playing out in the currency market where the won jumped as much 1 percent on dollar-selling fears.
Japanese wholesale prices rose slightly more than expected in June from a year earlier to hit a fresh 27-year high on surging oil and commodity prices, adding gloom to firms facing dwindling profit margins.
Singapore's economy suffered its steepest decline in five years in the in the second quarter, down an annualized, seasonally adjusted rate of 6.6% -- much stronger than economists had expected.