China's former richest man Wang Jianlin once bet Alibaba founder Jack Ma 100 million yuan ($16.3 million) that online purchases in the country would not eclipse bricks-and-mortar buys in the next decade.
In a get-to-know-you visit fraught with awkward undertones, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India sought to repair a strained relationship between their nations on Tuesday, emerging with expressions of goodwill but little in the way of concrete deals.
One of Hong Kong's most prominent pro-democracy leaders struggled to contain his emotions Wednesday as he warned protests would spread like "blossoming flowers" and pleaded with residents to understand why the city has been brought to a standstill.
Two Taliban suicide bombers hit army buses in Kabul on Wednesday with reports of eight people killed in the twin attack, police said, one day after the new Afghan government signed a deal for US troops to stay in the country.
China is facing growing US pressure to show restraint during mass pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, with the issue to be raised in high-level US-Chinese talks and a prominent U.S. lawmaker expressing "grave concerns."