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    Stock markets retreated Tuesday due to global worries about the impact of the eurozone debt crisis and as investors awaited a key speech by the U.S. central bank chief.

    A electronic stock price board shows the 7.45 percent nosedive of Samsung Electronics Co. share price, to 1,180,000 won (US$1,039.65 ), at a bank in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. Asian markets drifted lower Monday in early trading as Apple's court victory in a high-stakes patent dispute sent shares of Samsung Electronics and its affiliates into a tailspin.
    LAST UPDATE : Dec 05, 2012, 2:30 PM EST
  • A further sign of continuing economic weakness adds to pressure on Beijing to drive a sluggish recovery, though it can do little to influence external demand.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 05, 2012, 1:30 PM EST
  • TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The few hundred protesters gathered under rainy skies in a park about a half-mile from the GOP convention on Sunday said an impending hurricane that is supposed to dump heavy rains on Tampa won't deter them from trying to get out their message that America needs to change, especially for the middle class.

    Giant blocks of ice spelling out the words "middle class" are melting on a warm, sticky day. Occupy protesters say it represents the melting away of the middle class in America.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 05, 2012, 12:30 PM EST
  • Apple Inc and Foxconn have improved work and safety conditions at the Chinese factories that make most of the world's iPads and iPhones, but the auditors they enlisted to monitor the process warned that the toughest tasks lay ahead.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT
  • In this July 18, 2012 file photo, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, second from left, shakes hands with visiting U.N. delegates during his meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, unseen, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

    The world's two biggest economies are entering the final stages of political campaigns to pick their national leaders. But that's where the similarities end.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 30, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT
  • In this March 11, 2012 file photo, then Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

    Trying disgraced politician Bo Xilai's wife for murder was the easy part in cleaning up the political mess the couple has created for China's communist party leaders. 

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 30, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT