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Assessments of China's intentions after it let the yuan depreciate more quickly this week possessed some qualities of a fairground mirror, with policymakers in nearby Asia far less alarmed about risks of a"currency war" than those further away.

China lets yuan fall faster, share trading suspended as prices tumble

China accelerated the depreciation of the yuan on Thursday, sending regional currencies and stock markets tumbling as investors feared the Asian giant could trigger competitive currency devaluations from trading partners.

DBS, Standard Chartered said to face China currency suspensions

DBS Group Holdings and Standard Chartered are among banks suspended from some foreign-exchange business in China, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

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Noble Group tumbles to 2008 low as investors shun mining shares

Noble Group, Asia's largest commodity trader, tumbled to its lowest since 2008 as mining companies suffer through their worst start to a year in almost a decade.

Blackstone, Gaw Capital weigh bids for Ascendas Hospitality Trust: sources

Private equity investors Blackstone Group LP and Gaw Capital Partners are weighing separate bids for Singapore's Ascendas Hospitality Trust, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Singapore dollar's slide approaching band limit, Barclays says

Singapore's dollar slid to a six-year low after China's central bank reduced its reference rate for the yuan by the most since August. Barclays Plc said further declines are set to slow as the island-state's currency is probably close to the bottom of the central bank's policy band.

George Soros sees crisis in global markets that echoes 2008

Global markets are facing a crisis and investors need to be very cautious, billionaire George Soros told an economic forum in Sri Lanka on Thursday.

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Singapore shares close sharply weaker after China stocks plunge 7%

The Straits Times Index opened in the red and headed south throughout, finishing with a 74.36 points or 2.7 per cent loss at 2,729.91, bringing its four-day loss to 153 points or 5.3 per cent for 2016. It was the lowest close in about three and a half years.