SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were in the red on Wednesday, dented by weak earnings in Australia and doubts about Greece's ability to repay debts due to the IMF this month. Chinese markets turned lower after a brief rebound from the previous day's sell-off.
Suspected northern rebels attacked a central Malian town on Tuesday, leading to clashes with government troops in which six separatists and one soldier died, a defence ministry spokesman said. A rising wave of violence in the West African nation and regular violations of a ceasefire between the government and the rebels are threatening to sink a U.N.-backed peace deal due to receive preliminary approval this month. The gunmen attacked Tenenkou, around 400 km (250 miles) northeast of the capital Bamako, before dawn, according to the defence ministry and Mali's U.N. mission, MINUSMA. Ministry spokesman Colonel Diaran Kone said three soldiers were injured in the fighting and that government troops seized arms and vehicles from the attackers.