Japan's trade deficit quadrupled on-year in March to US$14 billion, data showed Monday, with a weak yen compounding surging imports as consumers rushed to buy ahead of a rise in sales tax.
An explosion and fire at a Gibraltar power station has blacked out much of the British outpost and halted international online betting operations with giants including William Hill and Ladbrokes.
Nintendo's trailblazing Game Boy marks its 25th anniversary on Monday with the portable device's legacy living on in cutting-edge smartphone games and among legions of nostalgic fans.
Leading automakers are gathering in Beijing on Sunday for the kickoff of China's biggest car show, but lackluster growth and environmental restrictions in the world's largest car market have thrown uncertainty into the mix.
Positive overall quarterly earnings and some encouraging data on the economy protected US stocks this week from tensions over Ukraine and frail enthusiasm for tech stocks.
The United States said there had been progress but no final deal in talks with Japan that are crucial to advancing the ambitious 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
The United States indefinitely extended the review process for a controversial Canada-to-US oil pipeline, potentially delaying a final decision on the project until beyond mid-term elections in November.
Armani settled a tax dispute in Italy by paying 270 million euros (US$373 million) this week, Italian business daily Il Sole 24 Ore reported.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hailed a "structural revolution" after his cabinet approved a round of tax and spending cuts including a limit of five chauffeured cars per government ministry.
The Google Android platform grabbed the majority of mobile phones in the US market in early 2014, as consumers all but abandoned non-smartphone handsets, a survey showed.