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  • Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    The United States will continue working for a nuclear-free Korean peninsula regardless of reports that North Korea launched missiles on Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

  • Lehman Brothers

    A lifeline from South Korea for troubled investment bank Lehman Brothers appeared in doubt on Wednesday as the bank leading the plan said nothing had been decided, and other lenders denied interest in taking part.

  • Korea, Korean Flag

    North Korea, whose relations with South Korea have turned increasingly bitter, said on Monday it had agreed to reopen its border to its neighbor and allow tourism and family reunions to resume.

  • Asian stocks ended slightly higher on Tuesday but investors stayed cautious after economic data from China showed a weaker-than-expected increase in July industrial output. This also followed a lower end in the U.S. as investors took a breather after a four-week rally.

  • Asian markets marched higher on Monday after the latest U.S. employment numbers showed signs of a stabilizing job market, raising hopes that the United States can lead the world out of a recession.

  • Asian stocks dipped Friday as investors grew cautious before a key U.S. jobs report, while the Australian dollar got only a brief lift despite signals from the central bank that interest rates could rise over time.

  • Stocks in Shanghai dropped as much as 3% Thursday, weighed by speculation China may take more steps to rein in liquidity, slashing the Australian dollar's gains, while copper slid from 10-month highs after disappointing U.S. services data.

  • Asian markets took a tumble late in the session Wednesday, as selling accelerated causing stocks to slump. Japan closed down over 1% after trading flat for most of the session.

  • Asian stocks climbed to an 11-month high Tuesday on hopes a V-shaped recovery may be forming in the United States, while the Australian dollar hit its highest since late September after solid housing and retail sales data.

  • Asian markets inched up to an 11-month high Monday on mounting evidence that the global economic recovery is picking up speed, giving a boost to oil and copper prices while hurting the safe-haven U.S. dollar.

  • Asia markets closed mostly higher Tuesday after racking up solid gains in recent sessions. Upbeat data on U.S. new home sales lifted confidence on Wall Street and in Asia, but Japan markets slipped marginally to break their nine-day winning streak.

  • Asian stocks rose across the board on positive earnings momentum Monday, helped by a solid run on Wall Street which saw the Dow cap its best two-week performance since 2000.

  • Asian markets lost steam on Tuesday to come off their early highs following solid gains on the U.S. market and confirmation that CIT Group had secured $3 billion in financing.

  • Asian stocks rallied to their highest levels this year on Monday, fueled by Wall Street's best week in four months and upbeat sentiment toward U.S. earnings in the second quarter.

  • Most Asian markets extended gains Friday as key U.S. earnings reports beat expectations, fueling hopes that the global recession is receding, but deadly explosions at two Jakarta hotels weighed on Indonesia stocks and the rupiah.

  • Asian markets jumped Thursday, buoyed by strong U.S. earnings and global recovery hopes after China's economy grew faster than forecast in the second quarter.

  • Asian markets extended gains Wednesday as blockbuster results from Intel seemed to augur well for the U.S. earnings season and for consumer demand globally. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index also managed to breach the 18,000 level.  

  • Asian stocks bounced Tuesday, extending gains as a rally in U.S. financial shares helped Japan break a 10-session losing streak, while also reversing a little of the recent safe-haven rush into the yen.

  • Japan's Nikkei fell for a ninth straight session Monday as concerns about company earnings outlooks weighed on Asian stocks, while oil languished near a six-week low as faith in a rapid economic recovery faded.

  • Uncertainty on earnings and economic recovery prospects saw Japanese shares finish at seven-week lows Friday, while prices for commodities such as oil and copper looked to build a floor after recent declines.