Union leaders called strikes on Sunday at nine U.S. refineries in a bid to pressure oil companies to agree to a new national contract.
Activity in China's factory sector contracted in January, an official survey showed, a far worse result than expected.
U.S. regulators moved to recall 2.1 million older vehicles to repair airbag defects.
Panasonic Corp has stopped making TVs in China and plans to liquidate its joint venture in Shandong, a company source said on Saturday.
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