A federal judge in Seattle granted a two-week extension to the Justice Department in a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump's immigration order is blocking efforts by legal residents to reunite with their children who are trapped in war-torn countries.
The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how the federal government values huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the Western United States, after mining companies challenged the agency in federal court.
Maharashtra issued late on Thursday an order that prohibits traders from holding more than 500 tonnes of sugar. The federal government asked states last month to impose the limit to avoid hoarding.
The lawsuit has been filed by American Immigration Council and American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) against Department of Homeland Security and US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seeking information about the government's administration of the H-1B lottery.
India's top court told tobacco companies on Wednesday they must adhere to a new federal rule requiring much larger health warnings on cigarette packs, in a major setback for the USD 11 billion industry.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS slipped 0.2 percent in early trade from their two-month high touched on Monday, though it was still up 8.6 percent so far this month. Japan's Nikkei fell 0.6 percent.
"The Chinese actions will affect the developed economies enormously, as has already been observed, but whether it grows fast or slow will not affect the Indian economy much," Zhao Gancheng, Director of Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, said in an article in the state-run Global Times.
Asian dividend-paying equity funds are reducing investments in traditional safe bets in favour of companies with rising dividend payouts to guard against investors selling out from the funds when US interest rates rise.
Japan's Nikkei rose 0.8 percent while Australian shares tacked on 0.3 percent and South Korean shares gained 0.2 percent.
The major European markets were also expected to open higher, while the calmer mood prompted a bounce in some hard-beaten commodities including copper.
The US dollar held broad gains in Asia on Monday as investors looked ahead to higher interest rates from the Federal Reserve, while gold slumped to five-year lows as a lack of global inflation left little to hedge against.
The court has asked the country's chemicals and fertilisers ministry to explain why the prices of essential and life-saving drugs are fixed at a high level, putting them out of reach of the country's poor, the newspaper said, citing a court hearing on Wednesday.
The greenback performed well against its Japanese peer, which lost its safe-haven appeal with the worst-case-scenario of Greece exiting the euro seemingly averted.
China's increasingly volatile markets may upstage Greek concerns in the session, after that country's securities market regulator said it had opened an investigation into suspected market manipulation after a slump of more than 20 percent in Chinese stocks since mid-June.
Using commercial drones to quickly deliver packages is probably years away. But when government regulations catch up with emerging technologies, Amazon says it could revolutionize the way people shop for items they need quickly.
While crude is likely to trade between USD 55 and USD 75 per barrel for next 12 months, gold prices would drift lower for over the next four months, Victor Thianpiriya, ANZ Research told CNBC-TV18.
Investors digested figures from the previous day that showed relatively strong euro zone economic growth in the first quarter, contrasting with disappointingly weak US retail sales in April.
Asian and European stocks continued a two-day decline for equity markets worldwide with Europe's FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.8 percent and heading for its worst week of the year.
The central bank is considering monetary policy at a time when the US economy has hit a soft patch, blamed largely on harsh winter weather, a strong dollar and disruptions at West Coast ports.
The company will pay USD 11.25 million each to the US federal government and the Texas state administration in 16 tranches spread over four years, besides paying USD 2.5 million as the cost of litigation.
The region's focus fell on the Reserve Bank of Australia's policy decision due at 0430 GMT. Expectations are that the central bank would cut interest rates further in the wake of falling prices of iron ore, the country's biggest export.
European shares opened up 0.4 percent with London's FTSE hitting a new record peak after Asian bourses had enjoyed their best session in 18 months overnight.
Yet the losses were modest with MSCI's index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan off just 0.2 percent. Shares in Australia lost a tenth of a percent while Japan's Nikkei eased 0.3 percent.
With tepid September jobs report from the US, the possibility of a tapering in the monthly bond buying programme by the US central bank is likely to be delayed further. Will the sentiment drive the markets up today?
Tokyo's Nikkei climbed 1 percent to a three-week high. It is up 41 percent this year and its 30-day implied volatility has risen sharply above that in the United States and Europe, Datastream figures showed.