ECONOMY ON THE RISE: A street vendor hawks fruits along a street in downtown Hanoi, Vietnam. The country's gross domestic product has expanded to 5.18%, up from 4.9% last year. (Nam Hoang Dihn Nam, AFP)
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Australia has given the go-ahead to a massive coal mine in Queensland state, which could ultimately provide electricity for up to 100 million Indians.
Ireland, one of Europe's biggest hubs for funds, will allow hedge funds based in the country to lend to companies under new rules drawn up by the central bank.
Australia could discuss building its next-generation fleet of submarines overseas, a shift that could open the door to a partnership deal with Japan.
Fracking will be allowed in British national parks in "exceptional circumstances", according to government guidelines.
Asian markets have extended gains as investors await the release of key US jobs data, while Shanghai surged after China approved three private banks.
Oil prices have dipped in Asian trade ahead of the release of US economic and jobs data, while investors track events in Ukraine and the crude-rich Middle East.
The United States faces an awkward rival in its first attempts in 40 years to export crude oil as Iran casts a shadow in Asia.
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