South Korean police investigators raided Google's Seoul offices on Tuesday on suspicion the Internet search company was illegally gathering personal information for its street mapping service.
With money managers increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for global economic growth, more are looking for emerging markets in Asia to outperform.
Asian stock markets were mostly lower on Tuesday, as the Shanghai Composite Index's sharp slide weighed on sentiment but the declines were capped by Alcoa's stronger-than-expected quarterly profit reported after the close of U.S. trade.
Most Asian markets chalked up modest gains Monday, after Wall Street closed out its best week in a year on Friday.
Asian stocks trekked higher on Friday after a fall in U.S. jobless claims and solid sales reports by large retailers lifted Wall Street for a third straight day.
Asian stocks were up sharply on Thursday, after optimism over the upcoming earnings season sparked a rally on Wall Street, driving the Dow up 2.8 percent.
Asian stocks ended mostly lower Wednesday, failing to capitalize on a stronger finish on Wall Street, as doubts about global economic growth persisted.
Asian markets reversed course on Tuesday, turning positive as a strong rebound in Chinese stocks lifted sentiment.
North Asian markets edged higher on Monday as investors picked up beaten-down stocks, shrugging off the weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs report which rattled Wall Street on Friday. But shares in China led the decliners, hurt by fears of a slowdown in the Chinese economy.
Major Asian indexes traded mix on Friday, with some markets turning around after several consecutive sessions of downward trading. But the mood was cautious after weak U.S. economic data and signs of a slowdown in China fanned fears about the global recovery.
Asian markets opened lower Thursday, following yet another daily decline on Wall Street, with Japan's Nikkei hitting a seven-month low.
Asian stocks tumbled after renewed jitters about the global economic outlook sparked a selloff on Wall Street, sending U.S. stocks to their lowest levels for the year.
Asian markets reversed early gains to trade lower Tuesday in lackluster trading, on course for their worst quarterly performance since the end of 2008. This mirrored a weak performance in the U.S. where Wall Street ended the session lower as investors digested mixed consumer data.
Asian stock markets ended mixed in cautious trade Monday, as investors awaited June jobs data due out Friday for clues on how the U.S. economy is faring following recent setbacks including a sharp decline in new home sales last week.
President Barack Obama said Saturday his administration will launch talks with South Korea aimed at resolving remaining issues blocking the completion of a South Korea free trade agreement.
Asian stocks struggled on Friday, after fresh signs of consumer weakness and worries about stringent financial regulation sent Wall Street lower.
Asian stock markets ended mostly lower Thursday after paring earlier gains on the back of leadership changes in Australia.
Asian stocks slid on Wednesday after Wall Street closed lower as an unexpected fall in poor U.S. housing data added to worries about the fragility of the global economic recovery and optimism over China's promise to make the yuan more flexible faded further.
Asian stocks were mixed in directionless trade on Friday, after Wall Street closed with slight gains.
Asian stock markets traded rangebound on Thursday, after major indices on Wall Street ended mostly flat on mixed economic data and a disappointing outlook from FedEx.