Israel opened a diplomatic mission in one of the Persian Gulf states a Finance Ministry report indicated.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi appointed nine new ministers Tuesday as part of a Cabinet reshuffle demanded by the opposition.
Japanese crude oil imports from Iran were down more than 150,000 barrels per day in March compared to a year ago, Finance Ministry data show.
Israeli Foreign Ministry staff members, saying the department was "hacked to pieces," are seeking a full-time minister and demand improved working conditions.
Japan, faced with rising imports and the European debt crisis, Thursday reported a record trade deficit of 8.17 trillion yen ($83.5 billion) for fiscal 2012.
Pakistan's defense spending next fiscal year could rise to $6.37 billion from this year's $5.53 billion, budget documents showed.
The South Korean Cabinet Tuesday endorsed $15.4 billion in additional budget outlays for this year to spur the economy.
Pakistan's government remains mired over cash shortfalls to resolve the country's energy crisis.
India's current account deficit hit a record 6.7 percent of GDP in the quarter ended in December on higher imports and slower exports, the central bank said.
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