(CNN) - As civil war continues to rage across Syria, in the city of Aleppo, which has seen some of the fiercest fighting between government forces and the rebels, commercial life has ground to a halt.
Zak Brophy, a business journalist recently returned from the area, told CNN of his shock on entering the city.
“Whole neighbourhoods were wiped out, destruction was all over the streets, cars buried amongst the rubble, all of the businesses and markets closed,” he said.
This month, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced that the country is opening its retail and aviation industries to foreign investment. The move comes at a critical time for the country as the emerging market sees its slowest growth in some three years.
One sector that could see a boost is the Indian toy industry – weighed down by irregular taxation, excise duties and a lack of investment – many toy makers in Mumbai are looking optimistically to the future.
Hong Kong (CNN) – After hitting three-and-a-half year lows earlier this week, China stocks bounced 2.6% on Thursday.
What gives? Market rumors, and China prepping for a week-long holiday.
(CNN) – The Millennials show us why it pays to stay connected - and sometimes to switch it off.
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