• US stocks jump as rising interest rates help banks higher

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are jumping Tuesday morning as rising interest rates give bank stocks a lift. Investors are also buying big-name technology companies. European indexes also climbed.

  • U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the National Convention Center in Hanoi, Vietnam, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. After knocking down one of the last vestiges of Cold War antagonism with a former war enemy, Obama on Tuesday took his push for closer ties directly to the Vietnamese people, meeting with activists and entrepreneurs and arguing that better human rights would boost the communist country's economy, stability and regional power. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama reaches out to people a day after Vietnam arms deal

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday pressed Vietnam to allow greater freedoms for its citizens, arguing that better human rights would improve the communist country’s economy, stability and regional power.

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  • This Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, file photo shows the Wall Street entrance of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks were little changed in early trading Monday, May 23, 2016, as investors sat on the sidelines waiting to see where the Federal Reserve might move interest rates the following month. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    Stocks little changed as investors wait for Fed

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets were down slightly in subdued trading Tuesday amid anticipation the U.S. Federal Reserve may raise interest rates in June.

  • President Barack Obama winks as he arrives for a news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, Monday, May 23, 2016, at the International Convention Center in Hanoi, Vietnam. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama lifts decades-old arms ban in his 1st visit to Vietnam

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Eager to banish lingering shadows of the Vietnam War, President Barack Obama lifted the U.S. embargo on selling arms to America’s former enemy Monday and made the case for a more trusting and prosperous relationship going forward. Activists said the president was being too quick to gloss over serious human rights abuses in his push to establish warmer ties.

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, poses with Myanmar's Foreign Minister and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for a photo during a meeting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, May 22, 2016. Kerry on Sunday urged Myanmar’s new civilian-led government to complete the Southeast Asian nation's transition to democracy by implementing further reforms to enshrine free markets, development and human rights. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo, Pool)

    US Secretary of State Kerry urges further reforms in Myanmar

    NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Myanmar’s new civilian-led government to complete the Southeast Asian nation’s transition to democracy by implementing further reforms to enshrine free markets, development and human rights.

  • Obama leaves for Asia to boost trade, cooperation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama departed Saturday on a weeklong, 16,000-mile trip to Asia, part of his effort to pay more attention to the region and boost economic and security cooperation.

  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew talks to reporters during a press briefing in Sendai, northern Japan, Friday, May 20, 2016. Top finance officials of the Group of Seven industrialized economies kicked off their two-day meeting over discussions on revitalizing the global economy on Friday. (AP Photo/Elaine Kurtenbach)

    G-7 finance leaders seek to reassure on global economy

    AKIU, Japan (AP) — Having agreed to only tacit coordination of their varying strategies for boosting growth, financial leaders of the Group of Seven major economies turned Saturday to housekeeping issues such as terrorist financing, tax evasion and support for fighting pandemics.

  • People walk past an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, May 19, 2016. World stock markets sank Thursday after the Fed surprised investors by signaling that an interest rate hike is in the cards if economic conditions keep improving. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Stocks fall after Fed signals June rate hike possible

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets drifted slightly higher on Friday as investors restored calm a day after worries about the Fed’s rate hike signals prompted sell-offs.

  • After delays, House GOP moves forward to help Puerto Rico

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of delays, House Republicans are moving forward with legislation to help Puerto Rico manage $70 billion in debt.

  • Trader George Ettinger, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, May 18, 2016. U.S. stocks are falling in morning trading. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Stocks edge higher in early morning ahead of Fed minutes

    HONG KONG (AP) — Most Asian stock markets sank on Thursday after the Fed surprised investors by signaling that an interest rate hike is in the cards if economic conditions keep improving.