New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is poised to retain power at next month's election.
Profits at China's industrial firms buoyed in part by a rebound in commodities prices and equipment manufacturing.
Britain's recovery from the coronavirus lockdown lost some momentum this month, a business survey showed.
Nearly 36,000 Japanese companies have chosen to discontinue their business so far this year.
Indonesia has started developing a food estate to grow rice, corn and other crops that should eventually span the archipelago.