Norway’s king improving in Malaysian hospital
OSLO - King Harald of Norway appeared to be feeling better on Wednesday after being admitted to hospital in Malaysia with an infection earlier this week, the crown prince said.

China’s red-hot solar market overheating
BEIJING - China’s solar capacity growth could slow in 2024 to 31%, a trade group said on Wednesday, after a record 55% increase last year as the industry struggles with renewable power overcapacity and curtailment.

Bitcoin hits $60,000 as fans eye record highs
Bitcoin hit $60,000 on Wednesday for the first time in more than two years, as a flurry of capital into new US bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) fuelled a 42% price rally in February, its best month since December 2020.

Navalny’s widow fears arrests at Friday funeral
MOSCOW - The funeral of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny will take place in Moscow on Friday, his spokesperson said, as his widow pleaded with European lawmakers to find better ways to punish Russian leader Vladimir Putin and his "mafia" allies.

SCB acquires 100% of Vietnamese lender
Siam Commercial Bank confirmed on Wednesday that it has reached an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in the consumer finance lender Home Credit Vietnam in a deal worth 31 billion baht.