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ShinzoAbe-111814.jpg Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called an early parliamentary election. He announced at a news conference Tuesday that he will dissolve the lower house of parliament on Friday, paving the way for a general election in December. Abe also told reporters that he is postponing a planned but unpopular increase in sales tax by 18 months to April 2017. Abe said his party would seek people's mandate

Indonesiafuelprice-111814.jpg Indonesia's new president Joko Widodo raised fuel prices by more than 30 percent late Monday, following which the central bank called a special meeting to review policy on Tuesday, leading to speculation that it may hike interest rates to check a likely surge in inflation. The Indonesian stock market rallied on Tuesday and the rupiah strengthened on expectations of an interest rate hike.

Australia-chinatrade-111714.jpg Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott and President Xi Jinping on Monday concluded negotiations for a free trade pact between both countries that will further broaden the avenues for economic cooperation. The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, or ChAFTA, will provide Australian businesses unprecedented access to the world's second largest economy, Abbott said in a statement.

The people of Spain's autonomous region of Catalonia have overwhelmingly voted in favor of independence. Catalan Vice President Joana Ortega said at a news conference that 80.7 percent of more than two million people who took part in an unofficial referendum Sunday said 'yes' to secession. Regional...