A woman walks past a billboard for Afghanistan's presidential election in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 16.
The United Arab Emirates central bank guaranteed all deposits in the banking system Sunday, seeking to calm markets made nervous by Dubai World's debt payment crisis. Asian markets rose Monday on the news.
Hong Kong developers are touting lucky-numbered floors that are actually dozens of floors lower.
Some 400 students attended Obama's town hall meeting in Shanghai, China, Monday. But Chinese censors blocked Facebook and YouTube, limiting coverage to local TV and China's official news agency.
Four men said to be masterminds of a sophisticated hacking ring from Eastern Europe were indicted for a heist last November. The men hacked into a bank card system and transferred $9.4 million to conspirators in 280 cities worldwide.
In the past week, Thai authorities have arrested three people on charges of disseminating false data. The arrests have sparked complaints of a witch hunt.
In a country where gold and jade have traditionally signaled love, more young Chinese couples now fancy diamonds. China is overtaking Japan as the world's second-largest consumer of the precious stone.
China offered to help India's archrival, Pakistan, develop a territory claimed by India. India invited the Dalai Lama, a top irritant to China, to visit a state claimed by China.
TOKYO, JAPAN: Tokyo knocked last year's most expensive city, Moscow, off the top of the chart, according to an annual Cost of Living Survey by Mercer, an international consulting firm. The survey covers 143 cities across six continents and measures the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods, and entertainment. Mercer claims this is the world's most comprehensive cost of living survey and is used to help multinational companies and governments determine compensation allowance for their expatriate employees. The survey, conducted in March, uses New York as the base city for the index, with currency moves measured against the dollar. Here, a light display is relfected on a window of a skyscraper as the Tokyo Bay area can be seen in the background from a viewing deck of the Tokyo Tower.