CROSSING OVER: People ride a boat on the Irrawaddy river near Mandalay in Myanmar. The Asian Development Bank has predicted 8% growth for Myanmar for the next two years. (Ye Aung Thu, AFP)
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British Airways says tens of thousands of its frequent flyer accounts have been hacked and that it has frozen those affected to sort the problem out.
European stocks have risen early, bouncing back from last week's losses with tech shares rallying after merger talks in the sector spurred a late-session rally.
South African Airways flight SA278 took off for the first time this weekend, opening the national carrier up to a significant expansion in intercontinental reach.
A fourth and concluding round of German public-sector pay negotiations have gotten under way in the town of near Berlin, with both sides willing to compromise.
The state of the US labour market in March will consume economists and investors in the week leading up to Easter.
The euro has eased in Asian trade, hurt by worries over talks between Greece and its creditors as it prepares to submit proposals to reform its bailout.
Oil prices have eased in Asia but analysts said losses were tempered by supply concerns in the Middle East after Saudi-led warplanes struck rebel targets in Yemen.
Asian markets mostly arose after Wall St indices ended with their first gains in five sessions, while Hong Kong and Shanghai were boosted by a possible stimulus.