WASHINGTON - When Ben S. Bernanke walked into the Federal Reserve's ornate boardroom in December 2009, the officials who were gathered around the long table gave the Fed's chairman a standing ovation.
Papers downplay fears over China's increased military budget, while defending the lower economic growth target unveiled on Thursday.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers the work report during the opening session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, March 5, 2015.
A man riding on a bicycle looks at an electronic board showing the Japan's Nikkei average outside a brokerage in Tokyo February 24, 2015.
... * U.S. crude stockpiles up 10.3 mln barrels last week - EIA. * Libya declares force majeure on 11 oilfields. * Saudi Arabia expects oil price to stabilise (Adds quotes, updates prices).