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More than 70 Chinese smaller cities and counties have dropped gross domestic product as a performance metric for government officials.
Telstra said it would buy back A$1 billion ($930 million) in shares and also hiked its dividend as full-year profits came in above forecasts.
The Bank of Korea has cut interest rates for the first time in 15 months on Thursday, in a decision that was widely expected.
Japan's core machinery orders rose 8.8 percent on month in June government data showed on Thursday.
China's economy showed signs of softening, suggesting more policy support may be needed to keep growth on track as a property downturn worsens.
Shares of Malaysia's latex glove makers have had a tough year so far, but some analysts expect panic over Africa's Ebola outbreak may spur gains.
After turning their back on domestic equities for five years, Indian retail investors have finally begun to dip their toes back into the market, a trend that could help sustain the bumper rally seen over the past year, say strategists.
Chinese travelers are the most likely to exaggerate their holiday experience upon returning home, a global survey by Hotels.com found.
Samsung has unveiled its latest smartphone, the Galaxy Alpha, in a warning shot to Apple ahead of the U.S. firm's rumored iPhone 6 launch.
A flurry of economic data on Wednesday showed China's recovery remains patchy despite several rounds of targeted easing by the government in recent months, triggering talk that more support measures may be in the pipeline.
Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific Airways said its net profit rocketed in the first half as it launched new services and operated fuel-efficient jets.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) said its full-year cash profit grew about 12 percent on strong growth in loans and lower bad debt provisions.
Japan's economic growth may have collapsed in the second quarter but investors aren't giving up on the market.
China's television is airing a serial on late leader Deng Xiaoping, a sign the Communist Party is easing its grip on officials' sensitive legacies.
Sir Philip Green's Topshop and Miss Selfridge brands are to push into China with an agreement to launch on the ShangPin.com fashion retail website.
American real estate mogul Donald Trump is planning "substantial investments" in the Indian property and hotel sectors, betting on PM Modi's efforts.
Japan's economy contracted sharply in the second quarter, data on Wednesday showed, as a nationwide consumption tax that took effect in April dragged on its recovery.
Southeast Asia's high household debt may have a silver lining: policy makers won't need to tighten policy much to control rising inflation, ANZ said.
Chinese stocks have stormed higher in recent months on the back of stronger economic data, easy monetary conditions and supportive policies.
Sentiment towards the Australian dollar has dampened recently, but one analyst told CNBC investors shouldn't give up faith.
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