HONG KONG - Asian shares fell for a third straight day on Wednesday as weak manufacturing reports from China, the United States and Europe fuelled worries about slowing global growth, while the safe-haven Japanese yen firmed as investors unwound carry trades.
MELBOURNE - The former head of China's Hanlong Mining Investment Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to insider trading charges in Australia, Australia's securities watchdog said on Wednesday.
CARACAS - Venezuela and China have signed a deal for a $5 billion loan designed to increase the OPEC country's oil production, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said.
SHANGHAI - Nine Chinese brokerages have pledged additional funds worth over 30 billion yuan (3.07 billion pounds) to buy shares, the China Securities Journal said on Wednesday, answering fresh government calls to support a wobbly stock market.
BEIJING - China's new international development bank will offer loans with fewer strings attached than the World Bank, sources said, as Beijing seeks to change the unwritten rules of global development finance.
HONG KONG/LONDON - For foreign investors, Beijing's decision to make it easier for them to invest in Chinese real estate is on the right track but has come at the wrong time.
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Tuesday urged China to carefully explain its policy changes to financial markets and to shift its economic focus toward consumer spending so that its economy can keep growing.
LONDON - The UK FTSE 100 slumped 3 percent on Tuesday, its worst one-day fall in over a week, with miners hit hardest after a slump in the manufacturing sector in China - the world's biggest commodity consumer.
SHANGHAI - Investigations by Chinese authorities into wild stock market swings are spreading fear among China-based investors, with some unsure if they are simply helping with inquiries or actually under suspicion, executives in the financial community said.
DHARAMSALA, India - Tibet's leadership in exile said on Tuesday its mountain homeland was occupied by China and called for more autonomy, days after Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed an unceasing fight against "separatism" by the Dalai Lama and his followers.