In the nation’s capital Tokyo, hosts Japan got the ninth edition of the Rugby World Cup officially underway.
In a rubble-strewn storage lot in the sprawling Nigerian port city of Lagos, customs agents crack open a shipping container crammed with scales from pangolins, a shy mammal prized in Asia for its use in medicines.
Asian shares struggled to make headway on Friday as uncertainty over how much further the U.S. Federal Reserve would cut interest rates added to investors’ worries over slowing global growth.
Asian shares slid to 6-1/2-month lows on Monday and the yuan slumped to a more than decade trough as a rapid escalation in the Sino-US trade war sent investors stampeding to traditional safe harbors including the yen, bonds and gold.
Asian factory activity contracted further in July, fuelling worries that a Sino-U.S.trade war and a slowdown in China could tilt the world towards a global recession, which central banks will have to fight with depleted ammunition.