Stocks slide, Obama rejects protectionism (AFP)

Foreign currency dealers monitor exchange rates on computer screens at the Korean Exchange Bank in Seoul on February 18. Asian stock markets sank in early trade Friday after Wall Street tumbled to six-year lows as gloomy US unemployment data reinforced fears the world's largest economy is in a severe slump.(AFP/File/Jung Yeon-Je)AFP – Asian stocks fell on Friday after Wall Street sank to six-year lows as rising unemployment stoked fears of a deep US recession and investors shrugged at a US vow to avoid protectionism.

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