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  • Asian stocks opened mostly higher Wednesday, after gains on Wall Street, buoyed by robust earnings for Apple whose stock climbed in extended trade and after target price hikes for Google lifted Wall Street.

  • Asian markets were mixed on Tuesday, but technology plays outperformed despite news the Apple  Chief Executive Steve Jobs would take medical leave for the third time since 2004.

  • Asian stock markets were mostly lower on Monday after the latest tightening move from China's central bank.

  • Bulldozer scoop soil containing various rare earth to be loaded on to a ship at a port in Lianyungang, east China's Jiangsu province in September, for export to Japan.

    The rare earth story jumped to  front pages in 2010. China dominates the market for the arcane metals, which are vital to technology products. Which companies, though, can fill that need, now that China has begun to limit exports?

  • Asian stocks closed mixed on Friday, weighed down by a drop in resources-related shares as commodity prices declined.

  • Bangladeshi police look on as a crowd of investors shout slogans during a protest in front of The Dhaka Stock Exchange in Dhaka.

    Stock markets in India and a handful of other, smaller Asian countries, which surged last year as foreign investors bet on their fast growth, are starting to remind investors of the risks involved. The NYT reports.

  • Asian stocks rose on Thursday after a successful bond auction in Portugal eased fears about the euro zone's debt crisis and boosted European and U.S. stocks.

  • Asian stocks rose on Wednesday as global markets halted recent losing streaks and posted modest gains on the back of solid earnings reports and positive broker comments, while investors await the outcome of debt issuance in the euro zone.

  • Asian stock markets ended mixed on Tuesday as government debt burdens in Europe weighed on investor sentiment.

  • Asian stocks mostly traded to the downside on Monday, after a lackluster U.S. job report drove Wall Street lower Friday, but trading volume was light with Japan markets closed for a public holiday.

  • Asian markets ended mixed on Friday as investors stayed cautious ahead of the U.S. nonfarm payrolls report.

  • Japanese shares rallied on Thursday as investors snapped up shares of Japanese exporters after the dollar hit two-week highs against the yen, but markets elsewhere in Asia were more subdued ahead of the influential U.S. non-farm payrolls report. 

  • Asian markets closed mixed on Wednesday following a broad commodities selloff but losses were limited as stronger-than expected U.S. factory data lent support.

  • Japanese stocks led Asian equities higher on Tuesday, climbing to their highest since May, with investors betting the improving U.S. recovery may be reflected in jobs data later in the week.

  • South Korean shares stole the limelight on the first trading day of 2011 as the KOSPI rose nearly 1 percent to end at a record closing high. But volume was thin overall with many major markets closed for a public holiday.

  • Commune group brought to bow to Great Leader on Grand Monument, Pyongyang, North Korea, Asia

    North Korea showed a visiting American nuclear scientist earlier this month a vast new facility it secretly and rapidly built to enrich uranium, confronting the Obama administration with the prospect that the country is preparing to expand its nuclear arsenal or build a far more powerful type of atomic bomb, the New York Times reports.

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    American policy makers have long been confident, even during the darkest days of the current financial crisis, that the United States could avoid the fate of Japan and its two lost decades. But that has changed, reports the New York Times.

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    A Chinese scientific research center has built the fastest supercomputer ever made, replacing the United States as maker of the swiftest machine, and giving China bragging rights as a technology superpower. The New York Times reports.

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    Like many members of Japan’s middle class, Masato Y. enjoyed a level of affluence two decades ago that was the envy of the world. Masato, a small-business owner, bought a $500,000 condominium, vacationed in Hawaii and drove a late-model Mercedes.