Mother Pleads for Japanese Hostage's Life
Former Thai Prime Minister to Face Criminal Charges
The mother of a journalist held by Islamic State militants begged for her son’s life Friday, only hours before a deadline imposed by the militant group for Japan to respond to its demand of a $200 million ransom.
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:20:16 EST
The office of Thailand’s attorney general said it intends to file criminal charges against former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for her alleged mishandling a multibillion-dollar rice subsidy program.
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:19:21 EST
Russia, OPEC Jostle Over China
Warming ties between China and Russia are giving a big boost to Chinese imports of Russian oil, to the chagrin of OPEC nations jockeying for a slice of China’s market.
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:01:12 EST
Aggressive ECB Stimulus Ushers in New Era for Europe
The ECB plans to purchase more than $1.16 trillion in public and private sector bonds by the fall of 2016, a landmark decision aimed at combating Europe’s stagnation and ultralow inflation that shifts the focus to government reforms.
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:08:57 EST
China's Yuan Slides
China’s yuan opened sharply weaker, after the European Central Bank unveiled an aggressive monetary easing program to boost its sluggish economy.
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:19:18 EST
China Manufacturing Still Weak
China’s manufacturing sector strengthened slightly at the start of the year but remains in a weak spot, according to HSBC’s preliminary Purchasing Managers Index.
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:36:14 EST
Oil Rebounds on Saudi King's Death, China PMI Data
Crude-oil futures rebounded in Asian trade after news of the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah and marginal improvement in China’s manufacturing data.
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:51:07 EST
Asian Shares Rally on ECB Stimulus
Stocks in Asia rallied after the European Central Bank unveiled a bond-buying program aimed at shoring up the flagging eurozone economy.
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:46:31 EST
Caution Emerges on Gold Stocks
As gold trades near a five-month high, some big investors who have turned to miners of the safe-haven metal to place their bullish bets are turning cautious.
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:28:59 EST
A Few Savvy Investors Had Swiss Central Bank Figured Out
When Switzerland’s central bank shocked markets by scrapping a three-year-old policy limiting the value of the Swiss franc against the euro, the Swiss investment firm Quaesta Capital was among the few that benefited.
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:07:55 EST