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  Mother Pleads for Japanese Hostage's Life
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

  Former Thai Prime Minister to Face Criminal Charges
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