John Phillips is Digital Editor with CNBC.com, covering a range of topics including the global economy, financial markets and corporate news. Before joining CNBC, John was a copy editor at Dow Jones in Tokyo and Singapore, a producer at Timeout in London and a newsreader at Trade the News in New York. John holds an MBA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Pace University.
The Australian economy added more jobs than expected in March easing pressure on the central bank to reduce interest rates further.
Japan's exports rose at a faster-than-expected pace in February but slowed sharply from the previous month as exports to China waned amid the Lunar New Year holidays.
Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea may be high after the hack attack on Sony Pictures late last year, but the upcoming 28th Pyongyang marathon in April is expected to attract more westerners than ever.