• Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. Chairman Chow Chung-kong, bottom, makes a speech while Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, top, is shown on a TV screen during a ceremony to launch the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect in Hong Kong, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Trading began Monday on a new cross-border stock trading link between Hong Kong and the neighboring Chinese city of Shenzhen, the latest step to widen access to China's markets for global investors. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian shares tumbled Monday after Italian voters' rejected constitutional changes, raising questions over whether Italy will stay in the European Union and keep using the euro.

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    The artist has taken more than 700 photos capturing his nude exercises on streets in China and sometimes abroad -– a body of work unmatched in the contemporary art world. Taken as a whole, Ou's work presents an alternative history of China's last decade – highlighting “sensitive” events that Communist authorities would …

  • Nam Cheong's client terminates vessel contract

    The ship builder considers legal recourse. Nam Cheong announced it has received a notice of cancellation dated 1 December 2016 from Petra Offshore Limited (POL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Perdana Petroleum Berhad in relation to the sale of one unit of Accommodation Work Barge, Hull No. 317 . The vessel contract was …

  • Singapore factory activity measly grew to 50.2 in November

    It is the highest in 17 months, however. Activity at Singapore's factories in November expanded marginally in November, helped by new orders and exports, a private survey showed on Friday. The Singapore ...

  • Singapore banks' credit quality deterioration not over yet

    Credit costs could range 39-44bps from 2016-2018. Amid sluggish growth and a rising interest rate environment, MayBank KimEng believes default risks for Singapore banks could be higher. The research house estimates credit costs to be 39-44bps on average for Singapore banks from FY16-18E.

  • People gather at the Saint Barbara Church to pray on the day known as Santa Barbara to Catholics and Chango to followers of Cuba's Santeria religion, in Havana

    By Frank Jack Daniel HAVANA (Reuters) - The subdued atmosphere in Cuba to mark the funeral on Sunday of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro also dampened spirits at the annual celebration of Santa Barbara, a red-clad Roman Catholic saint revered by the island's Africa-inspired Santeria faith. Castro died aged 90 on Nov. …

  • Obamas celebrated at their last Kennedy Center Honors

    The longest, loudest standing ovation of the Kennedy Center Honors gala wasn't reserved for Al Pacino, Mavis Staples or the Eagles. Instead, it went to the man sitting to their left, attending his eighth ...

  • Li Ka-shing's Cheung Kong Infrastructure has significant investments in Australia's energy sector, including in electricity networks in Victoria and South Australia

    Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing's Cheung Kong Infrastructure on Monday offered Aus$7.3 billion (US$5.4 billion) in a takeover tilt at Australia's Duet Group, which said it was considering the bid. "The boards of the Duet Group are currently evaluating the proposal and at this time security holders are advised to take …

  • Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip Lowe fears further interest-rate cuts will prompt more borrowing from households already carrying record debt and put the nation’s financial system at risk. In the fiscal corner, ruling parties are so terrified of losing the country’s AAA credit score they’re refusing to entertain …

  • Cam Newton was mysteriously benched to start the "Sunday Night Football" game against the Seattle...

  • STI posts longest winning streak since December 2014

    It climbed to as high as 2.4%. Singapore's Straits Times Index climbed 2.4% to 2,928.58 on December 1, making it the seventh-best performer globally according to a report from Bloomberg. The gauge has ...

  • China Securities Regulatory Commission Chairman Liu Shiyu also questioned the legitimacy of the funding sources at acquirers that he didn’t identify, saying their behavior challenges the nation’s rules, as well as their own professional ethics. Such acquisitions show “retrogress and decay in humanity and commercial morals, …

  • Govt willing to shorten MOP for families in HDB’s Fresh Start Housing Scheme

    The government is open to allowing families in the Fresh Start Housing Scheme to shorten the 20-year Minimum Occupation Period (MOP) should their family and financial circumstances improve, media reports said...

  • Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. Chairman Chow Chung-kong, left, and Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, right, smile after beating a gong during a ceremony to launch the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect in Hong Kong, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Trading began Monday on a new cross-border stock trading link between Hong Kong and the neighboring Chinese city of Shenzhen, the latest step to widen access to China's markets for global investors. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    Trading began Monday on a new cross-border stock link between Hong Kong and the neighboring Chinese city of Shenzhen, widening access to China's markets for global investors. The long-awaited Shenzhen-Hong ...

  • Men dressed in Red Army World War II uniforms take part in the opening of a street art-style painting promoting the new Russian film "The Panfilov 28" in Moscow

    In a controversial new Russian film, 28 Soviet soldiers facing sure death defend the frontline outside Moscow against an onslaught of Nazi tanks in 1941. "Everything's clear here -- the enemy is over there, and Moscow is back there," says one soldier in the film "The Panfilov 28." But the events are far from clear cut …