Koreans donated billions of euros' worth of gold jewelry to help pay down the nation's IMF debt in the wake of the 1997 Asian financial crisis - a debt Korea paid off ahead of schedule. Er... Greece... hello...?
Thailand's ruling junta has lifted marital law after getting an approval from King Bhumibol Adulyadej to do so. The nation's coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha says he wants to invoke a controversial new order instead.
Pressure is mounting on Beijing to take more action, as the world's second-largest economy continues to slow. The latest surveys have indicated China's manufacturing remains lackluster.