The world's 20 large economies have put their collective clout behind an effort to prevent mainland China's currency devaluation from sparking a contagion.
I must admit that I did not expect the Bersih 4 rally to pass without incident. ("Bersih" means clean in Malay and is used to refer to the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections.)
Earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a global report which stated that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for 38 million deaths, or more than two-thirds of all deaths worldwide.
The photographs of Aylan Kurdi, a 3-year-old Syrian boy who washed up on a Turkish shore after drowning in the sea, tore at the hearts and consciences of people around the world and got several European countries to take immediate action.
Recent developments in Myanmar threaten to turn the country's first free election into a setback for democracy and reconciliation rather than a milestone.
In the past 12 months, the Singapore dollar has plummeted 11.4 percent against the U.S. dollar.
When South Korean President Park Geun-hye in a recent address to the country said the economy needed a "major surgery," she was not overstating the case. Growth is slowing for the region's fourth-largest economy as competition has become keener, particularly from its two giant neighbors -- mainland China with its lower costs and Japan with its high technology.
South Korea's gross national income fell 0.1 percent from a quarter earlier to 375 trillion won (US$312 billion) in the April-June period, marking the first drop since the fourth quarter of 2010, according to figures released by the central bank last week.
It was supposed to commemorate the past, the so-called victory against the invading Japanese army, 70 years ago.
I was in Jakarta this week attending an IMF-Bank Indonesia Conference on the Future of Asian Finance, the title of an IMF book launched last week with essays by IMF experts reviewing the lessons from the past and sketching how Asia can build its future, with a supportive financial system.