Need to know: the 7 top stories for Asia comms, media and marketing pros on Wednesday, 9/3/16

DeVries hires new Singapore EVP; Sharapova's crisis masterclass; Chinese tourists and stereotypes; urgent calls from the IMF; Kim & Kanye's debt; niche dating apps; toys for the super rich

Tag Heuer is not renewing Maria Sharapova's contract following her failed drugs test
Tag Heuer is not renewing Maria Sharapova's contract following her failed drugs test

DeVries Global hires Maddy Rao as EVP in Singapore from Mindshare

Rao comes in among changes at DeVries' APAC offering, with DeLisa Harmon leaving her role as Singapore MD.

Top spin: PRs praise Maria Sharapova for controlling message after failed drugs test

PR professionals say tennis ace Maria Sharapova and her team had "followed the crisis playbook to the letter" in announcing that she had failed a drugs test and would be banned from the sport.

Time to check your stereotypes of Chinese tourists: Dentsu

Chinese tourists account for the lion’s share of travel to Japan, and while they still flock to buy everything from luxury bags to toilet seats, tastes are evolving and interest in culture is growing, according to a whitepaper published by Dentsu and 6Estates.

IMF urges action as risks to the world economy rise

Collective action is needed to boost the global economy, with volatile financial markets and low commodity prices creating fresh concerns about its health, the first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday.

Did Kim just bail Kanye out of his $53M ‘debt’?

It appears Kanye West's alleged debt burden may have just been lifted, with the help of wife and fellow celebrity, Kim Kardashian West.

Here are the niche-st dating apps on the market

The number of dating apps and online services has ballooned in recent years, serving increasingly niche markets. CNBC examines some of the most unusual products available.

Nine toys of the super rich

When it comes time to play, these millionaires and billionaires are willing to shell out the big bucks for ultra-luxurious toys.

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