Efforts by Japan and Jordan to secure the release of two of their nationals held captive by IS militants remain "deadlocked", Japanese officials said.
China Minsheng Banking's president has resigned for personal reasons hours after several Chinese media outlets reported he was being investigated.
The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot lost control.
A drop in commodity prices and waning demand from China pushed the Australian dollar to fresh lows, and now the currency faces a test of support.
The rapid collapse in Nymex oil prices caught many investors offguard, and the charts suggest worst may not be over.
Analysts worry that the S&P 500 will collapse following the index's 14.5% rise in 2014, but patterns suggest otherwise.