By ALBERT AJI and ZEINA KARAMAssociated Press
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - In a show of force, Syria began large-scale military exercises Sunday to simulate defending the country against outside "aggression." Damascus' staunch ally Iran warned of a "catastrophe" in the region if no political
By JOE McDONALDAP Business Writer
ZHANJIANG, China (AP) - Reformers say China needs more entrepreneurs like Liu Peijian. His chain of six furniture stores employs 60 people. But Beijing's response to the deepest economic slump since the 2008 crisis is to pump money into state industry,
By GILLIAN WONGAssociated Press
BEIJING (AP) - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has vowed that a recent interest rate cut aimed at stimulating economic growth will not ignite a new bout of real estate speculation that would push up housing costs, state media said Sunday.
Wen, China's top economic
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh took the stage in North Korea during a concert for new leader Kim Jong Un, in an unusual - and unauthorized - performance featuring Disney characters.
Performers dressed as Minnie Mouse, Tigger and others danced and pranced as footage
By JOSHUA FREEDAP Business Writer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A big air show is all about bragging rights. It's where airplane makers announce large jet orders, dazzle customers with aerial displays and show off their latest technology.
But a debt crisis in Europe
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - The offshore Taiwanese island chain of Matsu appears set to join Macau in the China gambling sweepstakes.
Matsu voters approved a referendum Saturday permitting casino gambling on the islands, located about 20 kilometers (11 miles) from the
By KEN THOMASAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is challenging Mitt Romney's promises to crack down on China's trading practices, saying in an ad released Saturday that the Republican candidate profited by allowing China to strip away U.S. jobs
By The Associated Press
ECONOMIC BLUES: Commodities fell across the board after a weak jobs report brought more evidence that the U.S. economy is struggling. Borrowing rates for Spain and Italy climbed, an indication that bond investors are less willing to loan those countries
By SANDY SHOREAP Business Writer
Commodity prices dropped Friday after a weak jobs report brought more evidence that the U.S. economy is still sluggish.
The declines were widespread. Gold, industrial metals, oil and natural gas all ended lower. Wheat, corn and
By The Associated Press
Europe's financial problems pushed the euro down to a two-year low against the dollar on Friday.
The U.S. dollar and the Japanese yen were the two big winners as investors looked for safety. Borrowing costs for Italy rose sharply,