• This July 16, 2013, file photo, shows a Wall Street street sign outside the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks were pulling back in early trading Monday, July 25, 2016, following four weeks of gains for the market, as busy investors work through another batch of corporate earnings and wait for the week’s Federal Reserve interest rate decision. Yahoo fell after Verizon Communications announced it would buy most of Yahoo’s internet businesses for $4.83 billion. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Stocks fall; investors look ahead to central bank meetings

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese stocks gained Tuesday but other Asian markets fell after Wall Street declined on losses for energy stocks.

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  • From left, Vietnam Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Othman Hashim, Secretary General of the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, prepare for a group photo as they shake hands for a group photo during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-U.S. Southeast Asia's main grouping made a last-ditch attempt to reach a consensus on countering China's territorial expansion in the South China Sea, but their deadlock appeared far from being resolved as minutes ticked by before a critical meeting with the Chinese foreign minister Monday. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    China scores diplomatic victory, avoids criticism from ASEAN

    VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — China scored an unequivocal diplomatic victory Monday, preventing Southeast Asia’s main grouping from criticizing it for territorially expanding in the South China Sea, even though some of the bloc’s members are victims of Beijing’s actions.

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, arrives at Wattay Airport for the ASEAN Regional Forum meeting in Vientiane, Laos, Sunday, July 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    The Latest: ASEAN ministers arrive for unscheduled talks

    VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — The Latest on the meeting of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (all times local):

  • G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors prepare for a group photo session in Chengdu in Southwestern China's Sichuan province, Sunday, July 24, 2016. Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors of the 20 most developed economies met in the southwestern city of Chengdu ahead of a G20 leaders meeting in September hosted by China. Participants in the front row are, from left are: World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, an unidentified member, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek, China's Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, China's People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan and Germany's Federal Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schauble. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool)

    G20 countries pledge to boost growth, dampen Brexit shock

    BEIJING (AP) — Global finance officials promised Sunday to protect the world economy from the shockwaves of Britain’s European Union referendum and to boost sluggish growth.

  • Prosecutor: Venezuela first lady’s nephews confess drug deal

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Two nephews of Venezuela’s powerful first lady confessed to trying to smuggle 800 kilograms (1,763 pounds) of cocaine into the U.S., according to prosecutors in the politically-charged case.

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, arrives at Wattay Airport for the ASEAN Regional Forum meeting in Vientiane, Laos, Sunday, July 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    ASEAN split on how to deal with China in South China Sea row

    VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — Southeast Asia’s main grouping made a last-ditch attempt to reach a consensus on countering China’s territorial expansion in the South China Sea, but their deadlock appeared far from being resolved as minutes ticked by before a critical meeting with the Chinese foreign minister Monday.

  • In this July 14, 2016 file photo, a woman walks past a billboard featuring an image of an island in South China Sea on display with Chinese words that read: "South China Sea, our beautiful motherland, we won't let go an inch" in Weifang in east China's Shandong province. An international arbitration panel’s decision on the contested waters of the South China Sea so far is fueling regional tensions rather than tamping them down. In the ensuing 11 days, China has responded to the sweeping victory for the Philippines by flexing its military might. The Philippines faces pressure both at home and abroad not to cede an inch to China after the July 12 decision by a tribunal at The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

    ASEAN split on how to deal with China in South China Sea row

    VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — Southeast Asia’s main grouping opened a meeting of their foreign ministers Sunday, deeply divided on how to deal with China’s territorial expansion in the South China Sea that has impacted some of its members and whipped up an increasing diplomatic quagmire.

  • In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, a worker attaches a banner to a scaffolding in New Orleans in preparation of the NBA All-Star basketball game. The league took the 2017 game out of Charlotte on Thursday, July 21, 2016,  because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. As the NBA looks for a new home for the 2017 All-Star Game, cities are lining up with open arms to welcome LeBron James, Stephen Curry and the hundred million or so dollars they would bring to the local economy. New Orleans is the favorite, with one official familiar with the discussions telling The Associated Press that the league and city are “deep in negotiations” to stage the game there for a third time.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

    Blame game follows NBA’s removal of Charlotte All-Star game

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NBA All-Star Game’s exit from North Carolina because of a law limiting protections for LGBT people represents some of the worst publicity yet for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election campaign, even as he dismisses the move as political correctness gone too far.

  • Zimbabwe calls veterans’ statement on Mugabe traitorous

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s government says a surprise statement by the country’s independence war veterans attacking President Robert Mugabe is traitorous and treasonous.

  • New Mexico’s June unemployment rate unchanged at 6.2 percent

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained a 6.2 percent in June, unchanged from May and down from 6.6 percent a year earlier.