Chinese police on Wednesday said they had charged the British former China head of drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline and other colleagues with corruption.
Asian equities were mostly higher on Tuesday as investors welcomed a record Wall Street finish.
European shares closed at six-year highs on Monday, with strong buying seen in the basic resources sector.
Mining stocks have fallen out of favor, but just when things could have turned from bad to worse it appears that the sector is the new contrarian play for 2014.
Chinese shares outperformed on Monday as investors cheered the latest market reforms while geopolitical tensions weighed on the rest of region.
Baoshan Iron and Steel (Baosteel) and Aurizon Holdings launched a A$1.14 billion ($1.06 billion) takeover bid for Aquila Resources.
Asian equities were mixed on Thursday in a quiet session with several markets shut for the 'May 1' public holiday.
Asian shares were mixed on Tuesday while liquidity was thin with Japanese markets shut for a public holiday.
Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday as investors digested data that showed a slight improvement in Chinese factory activity.
Asian equities were mixed on Tuesday as investors were cautious about the prospect of further U.S. sanctions on Russia.
European shares closed lower on Tuesday, as Ukraine worries and fears about slowing demand in China weighed on stocks.
Asian equities were mixed on Tuesday after data showed money supply in the world's second largest economy grew its weakest pace in more than decade.
Mark Taylor, Senior Resources Analyst at Morningstar, says markets should refrain from reading too much into one production data.
Warren Gilman, Chairman & CEO of CEF Holdings, says Rio Tinto is still on track to meeting its mining ore target despite seeing a quarterly fall in iron ore shipments due to weather disruptions.
Asian equities were mostly lower on Monday following declines on Wall Street and as tensions between Ukraine and Russia weighed on sentiment.
Nik Stanojevic, equity analyst at Brewin Dolphin, says Rio Tinto has been "ramping up" production in iron ore, the biggest part of its business.
Even as Australia’s mining sector struggles with a slowdown in China, analysts polled by CNBC still think there are some some diamonds in the rough.
The "Shareholder Spring" continues to weigh on U.K. companies, with CEO bonuses falling for a third consecutive year in 2013, according to a PwC report published on Tuesday, as investors keep a watchful eye on corporate excess.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Asian equities were mostly higher on Wednesday, rebounding after the previous day's losses, on hopes of fresh stimulus measures in Europe and China.