Japan's core consumer price index climbed to a two-year high in April of 0.3 percent, as costs for energy rose.
U.S. President Donald Trump's budget proposal calls for saving US$10 million next year by selling wild horses captured throughout the West without the current requirement that buyers guarantee the animals won't be resold for slaughter.
Tokyo stocks closed higher Thursday as the yen weakened following a Bank of Japan (BoJ) board member's hint that its huge monetary easing policy would remain in place.
Hong Kong on Thursday hit back at a decision by Moody's to cut its credit rating on the city, which the agency said was becoming increasingly close to mainland China.
New Zealand on Thursday unveiled a tax-cutting election-year budget that the ruling National Party said will help families as it looks to win a record fourth consecutive term in power.
Iran has signed a deal worth $615 million -- or euros 550 million -- with a Spanish-Iranian consortium under which the group will provide pipes used in Iran's oil industry. It's the first major deal since President Hassan Rouhani's re-election last week to another term in office on a platform of reform.
Chinese auto giant Geely on Wednesday announced it was taking a 49.9 percent stake in Malaysia's troubled Proton as well as a 51 percent share in British sports car brand Lotus.
Google already monitors online shopping -- and now it's keeping an eye on physical stores to try to sell more digital advertising.
The typical CEO at the biggest U.S. companies got an 8.5 percent raise last year, raking in US$11.5 million in salary, stock and other compensation last year, according to a study by executive data firm Equilar for The Associated Press. That's the biggest raise in three years.
A closely watched survey of business activity across the 19-country eurozone shows economic growth holding steady at a six-year high in May while job creation has picked up to one of the highest levels in nearly a decade.