• A man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 in Tokyo, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. Asian stock markets fell for a third consecutive day Wednesday, beset by nerves about shaky global growth, falling oil prices and possible capital shortfalls at major European banks. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    Global stocks turn higher ahead of Yellen testimony

    LONDON (AP) — European stocks rose Wednesday and Wall Street was expected to open higher ahead of testimony from the Federal Reserve chief that could either ease market turmoil or add to it. Asian markets mostly fell in a spillover sell-off from the previous day’s losses.

  • South Korean amy soldiers walk on Unification Bridge, which leads to the demilitarized zone, near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to its recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    S. Korea to halt work at joint industrial park with N. Korea

    PAJU, South Korea (AP) — South Korean workers on Thursday began shutting down a jointly run industrial park in North Korea, a move that will end, at least temporarily, the Koreas’ last major cooperation project as punishment over Pyongyang’s recent rocket launch.

  • Smoke rises as protestors set fires on a street in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaotic scenes as protesters and police clashed over a street market selling fish balls and other local holiday delicacies. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Hong Kong student held at airport after violent clashes

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong student activist was detained at the city’s airport on Wednesday morning, apparently on suspicion of involvement in a violent Lunar New Year clash between police and protesters, his group said.

  • In this Feb. 1, 2016 photo, Japanese director Hiromasa Yonebayashi speaks about his latest film "When Marnie Was There" with its poster during an interview at his office, Studio Ghibli, in suburban Tokyo. The coming-of-age story is familiar: A shy girl has problems fitting in and concocts an imaginary friend. The originality of the Oscar-nominated "When Marnie Was There" comes from how its hand-drawn images express the girl’s inner torment. Luscious hand-drawn animation is the trademark of Japan’s renowned Studio Ghibli, where the film’s director Yonebayashi worked for years. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    AP Interview: Oscar-nominated auteur paints solitary spirit

    TOKYO (AP) — The coming-of-age story is familiar: A shy girl has problems fitting in and concocts an imaginary friend. The originality of the Oscar-nominated “When Marnie Was There” comes from how its hand-drawn images express the girl’s inner torment.

  • Williams coasts to 6-3, 6-2 win over Lee at Taiwan Open

    KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Top-seeded Venus Williams had a 6-3, 6-2 win over Lee Pei-chi in her opening match at the Taiwan Open on Wednesday.

  • China reports 1st case of imported Zika virus

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s first case of the Zika virus has been found in a 34-year-old man who recently traveled to Venezuela and is now making a speedy recovery, the government said Wednesday.

  • 1st of 4 WBC qualifying tournaments set for Sydney

    SYDNEY (AP) — The first of four regional qualifiers for next year’s World Baseball Classic begins Thursday with host team Australia aiming to advance to the final 16 and improve on its poor record in past tournaments.

  • In this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 file photo, Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish of Japan watches from dugout a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

    Darvish feeling strong in rehab, eager to rejoin Rangers

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish is feeling stronger than he did before elbow surgery, and has a renewed passion for the game after missing all of last season as the Texas Rangers were winning the AL West.

  • Money traders work in front of the computer terminal at a foreign exchange brokerage in Tokyo, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Asian markets tumbled Tuesday as renewed jitters about the global economy set off a wave of selling in banking stocks. The dollar fell to 114.90 yen from 115.58 yen. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Japanese stock slide leads global markets lower

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening modestly lower in the U.S., led by declines in energy companies and banks.

  • A man looks at screens displaying financial information at the Stock Exchange in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Renewed jitters about the global economy set off a wave of selling in banking stocks after Asian markets tumbled Tuesday, led by a 5.4 percent slide in Tokyo. The stock index in Spain was off roughly 4 percent, while Italy's lost about 5 percent and Greece's index sank about 8 percent. Stock markets have been slump so far this year after a lackluster 2015. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    The Latest: Relief as European markets eke out gains

    LONDON (AP) — The latest on the turmoil afflicting global financial markets (all times local):