The rapid deterioration in China's economic momentum has put focus squarely on the economy, with several banks cutting their growth forecasts.
Knife-wielding assailants attacked civilians on a street in the central Chinese city of Changsha on Friday morning.
Tencent Holdings shares slid as much as 6.4 pct amid reports that China's central bank has called for a halt to online credit card use.
The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane expanded to the Indian Ocean Friday amid reported revelations that the jet may left a data trail.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand became the first developed world central bank to hike interest rates on Thursday. Will other central banks follow suit? CNBC's Julia Wood reports.
Despite an ease in India's inflation in recent months on the back of lower food prices, Parag Thakkar, Head of Institutional Sales at HDFC Securities, says the country's inflation woes may worsen in May and June.
Cargo operations across regional airlines have been struggling due to overcapcity in the sector, says Paul Yong, Vice President, Equity Research at DBS Vickers.