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An employee of a bank wearing a face mask watches the computer monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Asian shares surged Tuesday after a rally in U.S. stocks, mostly spurred by health care companies' announcements of developments that could aid in the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asian stocks rise after Wall Street health-care-led rally

Mar. 30, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares surged Tuesday after a rally in U.S. stocks, mostly spurred by health care companies' announcements of developments that could aid in the coronavirus outbreak. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.8% in morning trading to 19,243.91. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 2.0% to...

Medical staff members arrive for a duty shift at Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Friday, March 27, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(Lee Yong-hwan/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN says 86 staffers around world reported cases

Mar. 28, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.N. says 86 staffers around world have reported cases of...

In this image provided by Jay Woods,  Woods, a Designated Market Maker with IMC and NYSE Floor Governor, who normally works on the New York Stock Exchange trading floor, works in his home office in Basking Ridge, N.J., Thursday, March 26, 2020.  Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street, Friday, March 27,  as the market gives back some of the gains it piled up over the past three days.  (Shannon Woods/Courtesy Jay Woods via AP)

Stocks drop, but hold on to weekly gains after a big rally

Mar. 27, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

Wall Street closed lower Friday but still notched big gains for the week as investors held out hope that a $2 trillion rescue package will cushion businesses and households from the economic devastation being caused by the coronavirus. The S&P 500 closed 3.4% lower, but still climbed 10.3% for the week, its...

A woman looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, March 27, 2020. Shares are mostly higher in Asia after stocks surged again on Wall Street with the approaching approval of a massive coronavirus relief bill by Congress.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian shares advance after stimulus surge on Wall Street

Mar. 26, 2020 11:39 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares advanced on Friday in Asia after Wall Street logged a third straight day of gains with the approaching congressional approval of a massive coronavirus relief bill. Tokyo and Seoul jumped 1.2% and Shanghai added 0.6%, while stocks fell in Australia. Wall Street appeared to shrug off...

Hong Kong opposition politician arrested over online posting

Mar. 26, 2020 7:36 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — An opposition politician in Hong Kong has been arrested over an online post criticizing a policeman who blinded a journalist in one eye during anti-government protests last year, local media said. Cheng Lai-king was released early Thursday afternoon after being formally charged with...

In this image provided by Jonathan Corpina, Jonathan Corpina, Senior Managing Partner at Meridian Equity Partners Inc., who normally works on the New York Stock Exchange trading floor, works in his home office in Armonk, NY., Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Stocks are wobbling in tentative trading Wednesday as a historic, worldwide rally downshifts dramatically after just a day. (Danielle Corpina/Courtesy Jonathan Corpina via AP)

Stocks have first back-to-back gains since sell-off began

Mar. 26, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Thursday after Wall Street gained as U.S. lawmakers wrangled over a proposed $2 trillion virus aid package. Market benchmarks in Tokyo and Shanghai declined. Australia and Southeast Asian markets gained. Jakarta jumped 10%. New York futures were lower, with the...

A currency trader walks by screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Asian stock markets gained Tuesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve promised support to the struggling economy as Congress delayed action on a $2 trillion coronavirus aid package. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asian shares jump after Dow sees biggest gain since 1933

Mar. 24, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares opened sharply higher in Asia on Wednesday after the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged to its best day since 1933 with Congress and the White House nearing a deal on injecting nearly $2 trillion of aid into an economy ravaged by the coronavirus. Japan's Nikkei 225 index jumped...

FILE -- In this March 10, 2020 file photo, a woman wearing a face mask checks her phone as she walks at the Naviglio Grande canal in Milan, Italy. Across Europe, governments are increasingly using surveillance to try to curtail the lethal spread of the new coronavirus, tracking people’s movements with aggregated cell phone location data and introducing apps to keep the infected quarantined. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Europe eyes smartphone location data to stem virus spread

Mar. 24, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

The Czech Republic has become the first European country to announce plans to deploy a powerful but potentially intrusive location-tracking tool for fighting the coronavirus pandemic, as others consider similar moves bound to put public health in conflict with individual privacy. The effort announced Tuesday by...

Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori listens questions from journalist during a press conference Monday, March 23, 2020, in Tokyo. As infections soared in Europe and the United States and the world economy spiraled downward, Japan on Monday hinted at the next possible victim of the globe-spanning coronavirus: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: US officials working on $2 trillion rescue deal

Mar. 24, 2020 12:44 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 381,000 people and killed over 16,500. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 101,000 people have recovered so...

A currency trader walks by a screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Asian stock markets gained Tuesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve promised support to the struggling economy as Congress delayed action on a $2 trillion coronavirus aid package. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asian stocks gain after U.S. Fed promises economic support

Mar. 24, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets gained Tuesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve promised support to the struggling economy as Congress delayed action on a $2 trillion coronavirus aid package. Market benchmarks in Tokyo and South Korea rose nearly 7% while Shanghai, Hong Kong and Australian markets also...