Japan's exports fell 1.3 percent percent in August from the year-ago period, compared with a Reuters poll expecting a 2.6 percent fall.
Hundreds of heavily armed police raided homes in Sydney and Brisbane on Thursday, launching a large-scale Australian "counter-terrorism operation".
The United States said it will press India's Modi to end his blockage of a global trade pact when he visits Washington this month.
China will boost small firms by cutting their taxes, increasing their subsidies and encouraging banks to step up lending to them.
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