Malaysia's reserves remain usable and unencumbered as at end-September 2014, based on the detailed breakdown of international reserves under the International Monetary Fund's Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS) format.
Small and well-run Singapore, New Zealand and Hong Kong are the world's easiest places to run a business, while global giants China, Brazil and India remain far down the list, according the World Bank.
Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, is China's richest person with a fortune of nearly $20 billion, as billionaires increase despite a slowdown in the country's economy, Forbes magazine said Tuesday.
Japan and the United States failed to reach a much-awaited breakthrough over market access and other hurdles vital to advancing an ambitious trade pact among Pacific countries, Xinhua news agency reported.
Australia's Trade Minister Andrew Robb says the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement (TPPA) is starting to take shape and "should be concluded by year's end", the Australian Associated Press reports.