Chinese businessman Huang Nubo planned to invest $200 million in Iceland, but it has sparked national security concerns, despite popular support in a country still reeling from its 2008 financial collapse.
Polls show the public turning against nuclear energy after Japan's Fukushima disaster. But low coverage of protests and powerful business and political interests have complicated efforts to promote change.
China's manufacturing sector marked its biggest fall in three years amid eurozone woes and a weak US economy. But China appears unlikely to focus on boosting domestic consumption, which could help other countries.
Chinese officials have reacted cooly to President Obama’s announcement Wednesday that US Marines will be based in northern Australia, closer to the disputed South China Sea than any other US land forces.
There are more than 500,000 unmarried 20-something women in Beijing. They're part of a growing urban trend in which college educated, financially independent women are deliberately delaying marriage for personal reasons.
Japan's fishing industry may be about to undergo a complete transformation. One local government is proposing opening coastal waters to big-business investors in what he says is an effort to save the industry.
China's growing gas and oil ties to Iran are testing its oft-stated commitment to nuclear nonproliferation as fresh international calls for harsh Iran sanctions multiply in the wake of a new UN report on Iran's nuclear program.