epa04454768 Pro-democracy protesters gather during a rally of the ongoing Occupy Central movement in Admiralty District of Hong Kong, China, 20 October 2014. Pro-democracy protesters gathered for a third night in Hong Kong's busy Mong Kok area, setting up new barricades, as police and protesters blamed each other for violence.  EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN

Hong Kong’s chief executive has blamed “external forces” for the democracy protests that have rocked the territory in recent weeks as both government (...)

Japan’s Nikkei share average surged 3.3 per cent on Monday and was on track to post its biggest daily rise in more than a year as investors took heart from upbeat US data and as the weaker yen lifted exporters such as Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Japanese stocks led a rally in Asia overnight, after solid US data and earnings calmed tumult in global financial markets and reassured investors worr(...)

Passers-by read messages left by pro-democracy protesters outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

As Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests entered a third week, the territory’s embattled leader Leung Chun-ying said he would not resign, while Chinese (...)

The Waldorf Astoria is pictured at 301 Park Avenue in New York. Hilton Worldwide Holdings said it would sell its flagship Waldorf Astoria New York hotel to a Chinese insurance company for $1.95 billion, one of the highest prices per room ever paid for a US hotel. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

New York City’s Waldorf Astoria hotel is set to become the biggest prize yet for buyers from China who have been pouring money into US real estate as (...)

A pro-democracy protester (R) argues with an anti-Occupy Central protester on a main street in Hong Kong’s Mongkok shopping district today. Fresh scuffles broke out today between Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters and opponents of the week-long demonstrations. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters.

Friction between pro-democracy protesters and opponents of their week-long occupation of major Hong Kong streets persisted today as police denied any (...)

Pro-democracy protesters stand in a formation after coming under assault in the Mong Kok neighbourhood of Hong Kong. Photograph: Adam Ferguson/The New York Times

The district of Wan Chai bustles in the boiling heat of the Hong Kong day. Small businesses and bath fixture shops jostling with dentist offices an(...)

Pro-democracy demonstrators sleep at a street outside Hong Kong’s government offices this morning. Photograph: Dennis M Sabangan/EPA

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters have threatened to occupy key government buildings unless the territory’s top official resigns by the end of the (...)

Children wearing yellow ribbons sit in front of donated bottled water on the fifth day of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong, in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Dennis M Sabangan

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters wearing yellow ribbons gathered on the streets of downtown Hong Kong for a seventh day of their campaign push(...)

Protesters block the main street to the financial Central district outside of the government headquarters building in Hong Kong, today. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal, with both sides marking uneasy National Day celebrations. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

A carnival atmosphere prevailed as thousands of pro-democracy protesters, wearing yellow ribbons, gathered on the streets of downtown Hong Kong for a (...)

A woman is reflected on the glass wall of a BMW showroom in central Beijing. An anti-trust probe into global auto makers is being cheered on by car dealers in China, who say that companies such as Audi and Mercedes-Benz have been exploiting their dominance to boost profits. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Beijing has been sunny and warm, with pollution running at manageable levels, but the mood among foreign companies operating in China is decidedly dar(...)