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Faced with snaking queues at immigration and expensive flight delays, Asian nations are rushing to build hundreds of new airports.
The rand has notched its third straight daily loss against the dollar, hitting a week-long low as investors gravitated towards the greenback.
Chinese retailers are tapping local taste with, among others, green-tea flavoured toothpaste to whittle away market share from global rivals.
The Shanghai Husi scandal has exposed weaknesses in foreign brands' ability to police their supply chains, a report says.
Oil prices have diverged as dealers awaited key US data, including the latest stockpiles report, for clues about demand in the world's top crude consumer.
Asia's markets have ended mostly higher, extending a recent rally, with a weaker yen boosting Tokyo.
Europe's stock markets have dipped in cautious deals before crucial US economic data and the outcome of the latest Federal Reserve policy meeting.
Wall Street stocks have moved higher following a surprisingly strong report on second-quarter US growth.