• Afghan farmers work in a poppy field in Nangarhar province on April 3, 2015. NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images

    Blouin News Business Editor Michael Lerner examines the surging Afghan drug trade, where land used for opium poppy cultivation has increased 60% since 2011 and it now equals 15% of the country's GDP.Asia-Pacific,Afghanistan,Opium,Taliban,U.S.,Michael Lerner

    Published Date : Apr 03, 2015, 4:21 PM EDT
  • This picture taken on March 23, 2015 shows workers producing hygiene supplies in a factory in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province.

    Activity in China's vast factory sector picked up unexpectedly in March, according to a survey.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 01, 2015, 2:47 AM EDT
  • P.M. John Key and South Korea’s President Park Geun-Hye in Seoul, South Korea, March 23, 2015. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

    A FTA with South Korea, and a new daily direct flight between Beijing and Auckland.Asia-Pacific,Air China,Air New Zealand,Free trade agreements,New Zealand,South Korea,Michael Lerner

    Published Date : Mar 24, 2015, 10:24 AM EDT
  • Vietnam’s P.M. Nguyen Tan Dung in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw on November 13, 2014. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

    Business Editor Michael Lerner digs into how erstwhile enemies Vietnam and Australia are warming relations -- and leaving Canada in the cold.  Americas,Asia-Pacific,Australia,Canada,Nguyen Tan Dung,Stephen Harper,Tony Abbott,Vietnam,Michael Lerner

    Published Date : Mar 20, 2015, 12:08 PM EDT
  • Will poker players, seen here at the Horseshoe casino, in Baltimore, MD, February, 26, 2015, play more online if it becomes legal?

    The industry is off to a shaky start in the U.S., legal in only three states but without federal approval.Asia-Pacific,Europe,U.S.,Canada,China,Delaware,Nevada,New Jersey,online gambling,the Netherlands,Michael Lerner

    Published Date : Apr 17, 2015, 2:59 PM EDT