The DailyBrief

Wednesday October 26, 2016

China’s coal industry is headed for the perfect storm. The world’s largest coal producer is stuck between a rock and a hard place – it is faced both with supply shortages of the fuel and the government’s expressed goal of cutting excess capacity.

An elite unit of the Iraqi army paused its week-long advance on Mosul as it approached the city’s eastern edge on Tuesday. It is understood to be waiting for other US-backed forces to close in on Islamic State’s last major urban stronghold in Iraq.

The electoral impact of Asian Americans is on the rise. Clustered in certain states, they currently make up only 4% of the electorate overall. This is rising sharply, however, and a Republican party that wants to win in future will have to take note. We tell the story of a growing political force in graphs.

India’s Tata Power plans to expand capacity by acquiring some of the country’s numerous underutilised plants instead of investing in expensive new facilities, the utility’s chief executive has announced.

Retired Hong Kong High Court judge Woo Kwok-hing has announced his intention to contest the city’s 2017 chief executive election. He invited media to a press conference on Thursday. Observers are unclear as to Woo’s political views.