Asia Markets: Asian stocks retreat, led by Nikkei after weak Japan manufacturing data

Asian markets were mixed in early trading Friday, as investors refocused on geopolitical tensions.

Late Thursday, the New York Times reported President Donald Trump had approved, then canceled at the last minute, airstrikes against a handful of targets in Iran. It was unclear why the attack was called of, or whether they would be carried out at a later time.

Earlier, Iran said it had shot down a U.S. military drone, an act that Trump said may have been an accident on Iran’s part, as tensions in the Persian Gulf region continued to simmer. When asked Thursday afternoon if the U.S.

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