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  • Shinzo Abe misses with 'third arrow', again Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 12:07 AM ET

    Japan PM Abe's revamped growth strategy fell short of its hype, failing to provide critical details on how the proposed reforms would be employed.

  • Meet Southeast Asia’s answer to Uber Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 11:03 PM ET
    A woman takes a taxi with a special stickers that say 'women taxi' in Putra Jaya, outside Kuala Lumpur.

    KL taxi drivers are known for their reluctance to use the meter. But now the app GrabTaxi allows users to check drivers' backgrounds and gauge fares.

  • Will 'Occupy Central' hurt Hong Kong? Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 6:37 PM ET
    Demonstrators supporting the 'occupy central' movement display placards asking residents to cast ballots for the referendum on three proposals outlining rules for the chief executive election.

    As a pro-democracy movement gains steam in Hong Kong, some worry the campaign could hurt the city's competitiveness and rattle its financial market.

  • Asia turns on the taps for tech funding Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 8:05 PM ET
    Members of staff walk past a security guard at the headquarters of the Alibaba Group in Hangzhou, China.

    When bosses of U.S. video messaging app Tango were on the lookout for a strategic partner, they turned in the direction of Hangzhou.

  • This market’s in a sweet spot thanks to Apple Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 7:05 PM ET
    An attendee holds an Adata Technology power bank charger during the Computex Taipei 2014 expo.

    In a sluggish year for Asian exporters, Taiwan's economy and stock market are in a "sweet spot" thanks to Taiwan's position in the tech supply chain.

  • Japan's Abe fires 'Third Arrow' of reforms Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 4:55 AM ET
    Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.

    Japan's prime minister unveils package of measures aimed to boost long-term growth -- from corporate tax cuts to a bigger role for women.

  • Japan lawmaker in trouble over sexist remark Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | 9:39 PM ET
    Akihiro Suzuki (R), a member of the Tokyo metropolitan assembly, bows to Ayaka Shiomura, a fellow assembly member, to apologize for his sexist jeer during a recent event, at Tokyo city hall.

    A Japanese lawmaker apologized for telling a female member of the Tokyo city assembly to "hurry up and get married", which embarrassed the government.

  • Flight MH370 pilot simulated Indian Ocean flight Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 12:28 PM ET
    Malaysia Airline passenger jet parked on the tarmac at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

    The pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet used his personal flight simulator to practice journeys to the Indian Ocean, reports NBC News.

  • Malaysia: Next emerging market whipping boy? Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | 7:07 PM ET

    Malaysia could be more vulnerable to capital outflows than its emerging market peers like Indonesia when the Fed hikes rates, warn market watchers.

  • Is Bank of Japan at risk of QE failure? Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | 11:33 PM ET

    The unprecedented quantitative easing program the Bank of Japan launched last year could be at risk of failure, Oxford Economics says.

  • Election anxiety looms over Indonesia markets Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 12:09 AM ET
    Indonesian frontrunner and presidential candidate Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo addresses supporters during a campaign rally in his hometown Solo city, central Java island.

    Indonesia's presidential election is two weeks away and a narrowing lead for frontrunner Joko "Jokowi" Widodo spells uncertainty for local markets.

  • World Cup bets in China foiled by a cyber spat Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | 11:02 PM ET

    Users of a betting site could not gamble on World Cup games amid a spat over an online payments engine outage between China's two internet groups.

  • Apple suppliers to make larger iPhones: Report Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | 10:28 PM ET

    Apple's suppliers will begin producing larger versions of the iPhone in China next month, Bloomberg reported citing sources.

  • Investing in China: A Catch-22? Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | 7:02 PM ET
    People walk in front of the Shanghai Stock Exchange Building in Shanghai, China

    China shares are stuck between hopes low valuations may spur bargain buying and fears of a potential credit crisis, but some see trading opportunities.

  • What do South Korea and India have in common? Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | 6:33 PM ET

    A rise in oil prices to nine-month highs amid turmoil in Iraq has raised worries about the outlook for some Asian economies like India and South Korea.

  • Australia economy grapples with new headwind Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | 7:05 PM ET

    As Australia grapples with a mining sector downturn, economists warn that a new headwind may hit business sentiment: waning consumer confidence.

  • Asia focuses on China PMI, Japan data this week Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | 9:50 PM ET

    This week is expected to be relatively quiet for Asian markets, with Chinese factory activity and a barrage of Japanese data the likely focal points.

  • Are Asian households over their heads in debt? Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | 9:51 PM ET

    Household debt in Asia is growing quickly, spurring concerns consumers may struggle to pay their bills as interest rates start to tick higher.

  • China's manufacturing activity expanded for the first time in six months in June, a private survey showed on Monday, adding to signs that the world's second-biggest economy is stabilizing.

  • China's warehouse sector under scrutiny Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | 7:22 PM ET
    A worker walks in front of a storage area in a logistics center at the Pudong free trade zone in Shanghai, China.

    After an investigation banks and trading houses are aware of the risks of storing commodities in China's warehouse sector.

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