Apr 16, 2015

Germany's Merkel urged Japan to join AIIB: sources

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Japan to join the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member, Japanese government sources said Wednesday. The sources said Merkel made the request during a telephone conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 1. Abe ...

Apr 16, 2015

Japan bumps China as top holder of U.S. Treasury debt

Japan overtook China in February as the top foreign holder of U.S. Treasury securities, a position Tokyo last held in August 2008. In its monthly report on bond holdings, the Treasury Department said Wednesday total foreign holdings of Treasury debt dipped 0.9 percent in ...

Apr 16, 2015

Global surge reported in people opening first bank accounts

Africans using cellphones, older Chinese, and Indians getting a push from their government have fueled an unprecedented surge of people opening their first bank accounts. The number people with an account — either on mobile phones or at bank branches — jumped by 700 ...

High-end China sex dolls offer alternative to adultery

Apr 14, 2015

High-end China sex dolls offer alternative to adultery

She lay quietly on a narrow bed, greeting potential customers with an impassive stare and a disproportionately buxom form: meet “156,” a stand-in companion for Chinese men with empty beds. Named for her height, she is a high-quality sex doll made of thermoplastic elastomer, ...