• American flags fly at the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street,  July 6, 2015.  World stock markets were uneven Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, as investors awaited U.S. job numbers that could influence how much the Fed raises interest rates this year. Japanese shares sagged on the strengthening yen. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Asian stocks directionless ahead of US jobless report

    NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market opened slightly lower after the government reported only modest job growth last month.

  • In this Nov. 19, 2015 photo, Sichuan Gov. Wei Hong, center, attends the opening ceremony of an agriculture expo in Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan province. Wei  has been accused of disloyalty to the ruling Communist Party and removed from his post, amid a growing consolidation of power by President Xi Jinping that some have likened to a personality cult. The deposed governor joins a long list of those sidelined in a sweeping crackdown on dissent, civil society and corrupt officials. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUT

    China governor fired for ‘disloyalty’ as Xi tightens grip

    BEIJING (AP) — The governor of a major Chinese province has been accused of disloyalty to the ruling Communist Party and removed from his post, amid a growing consolidation of power by President Xi Jinping that some have likened to a personality cult.

  • A woman waits to cross a street in front of an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Most Asian stocks jumped Thursday as oil prices bounced back and weak U.S. economic data fueled investor hopes that the Fed would slow the pace of rate hikes this year. Japanese shares fell as the yen rose against the dollar. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Most Asian stocks jump as oil rallies on weaker dollar

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks opened slightly lower as retail companies slipped.

  • North Korea’s rocket plans seen as disrespectful of China

    BEIJING (AP) — North Korea’s announcement of plans to launch a long-range rocket made during a visit to Pyongyang by a top Chinese envoy will likely be seen as yet another sign of gross disrespect toward its chief ally.

  • ChemChina offers $43B for Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Chinese state-owned chemical maker offered to buy Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta for $43 billion in what would be the biggest-ever foreign acquisition by a Chinese company.

  • Asian champion Evergrande fined for filming training session

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Asian Champions League winner Guangzhou Evergrande has been fined for secretly filming its opponent’s training session before the second-leg match of the final.

  • In this Nov. 20, 2015 file photo, Chinese journalist Li Xin talks to an Associated Press reporter over Skype, at the Associated Press office in New Delhi, India. A Chinese journalist who disappeared while seeking asylum abroad turned up Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 telling his wife by phone he voluntarily returned to China for an investigation, in the latest case of Beijing’s increasingly strong reach beyond its borders for wanted people. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)

    Missing reporter turns up, saying he returned to China

    BEIJING (AP) — The wife of a Chinese journalist who disappeared while seeking asylum abroad said she was able to speak to him by phone Wednesday and he told her he had voluntarily returned to China for investigation, but she believes he was forced back and spoke against his own will.

  • Gao Hongbo returns as China national football team coach

    BEIJING (AP) — Gao Hongbo returned Wednesday as interim coach of the Chinese men’s national football team following the departure of Frenchman Alain Perrin last month.

  • Miss Piggy overlooks the New York Stock Exchange trading floor after ringing the opening bell to highlight the season premier of Disney's "The Muppets" television show, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Global stock markets mostly lower as oil extends fall

    LONDON (AP) — Falling oil prices continued to weigh on global stock markets Tuesday, a day after a 6-percent plunge that was sparked by concerns over the global economic recovery following weak Chinese and U.S. data.

  • Oil and gas companies lead an early decline in stocks

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were solidly lower in early trading Monday, as the price of oil took another tumble amid renewed concerns about the Chinese and U.S. economies.