Asian share markets were mixed and oil prices fell on Monday as relief US-led strikes on Syria looked unlikely to escalate was tempered by concerns at Russia's potential reaction to new sanctions from Washington.
Fears of military conflicts in the Middle East have boosted oil prices as well as safe-haven assets such as gold.
In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 slipped below the flat line to trade lower by 0.12 percent. Financials, oil producers and shippers gained, but declines were seen in consumer goods sectors.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 edged down by 0.59 percent and the Topix slipped 0.44 percent, with weakness coming through from financials, retailers and semiconductor-linked names. Major automakers also came under slight pressure.
South Korea's Kospi advanced 0.27 percent as gains in the technology sector offset losses seen in steelmakers, automakers and financials.
Japan's Nikkei 225 gave up early gains to trade lower by 0.15 percent and the broader Topix was off by 0.09 percent. Meanwhile, South Korea's Kospi slipped 0.28 percent, paring steeper declines seen earlier in the session.
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MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.2 percent, a day after it hit its lowest level in almost two month. Japan's Nikkei gained 1.2 percent.
Japan's Nikkei slipped 1.1 percent while South Korea's KOSPI index skidded about 1 percent with Samsung Electronics down more than 1 percent. Australian shares were off 0.3 percent.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged higher by 0.23 percent after opening in negative territory and the broader Topix rose 0.17 percent.
Shanghai rose 0.05 percent, Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.35 percent and Australian stocks shed 0.4 percent.
Australian stocks dipped 0.1 percent, Japan's Nikkei rose 1 percent and South Korea's KOSPI added 0.1 percent.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.4 percent, with tech-heavy Korean shares falling 1.0 percent. Japan's Nikkei fell 2.1 percent.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan firmed 0.4 percent. South Korea's KOSPI rose 0.7 percent, adding to gains made after the US exempted the country's steel from import tariffs.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 fell 1.02 percent in early morning trade. The Topix index was down 0.83 percent. Across the Korean Strait, the Kospi fell 0.41 percent.
The 30-share BSE Sensex was down 409.73 points or 1.24 percent at 32,596.54, taking the weekly loss to 1.7 percent. Nifty ended 1.93 percent down on weekly basis at 9998.05. The Implied Volatility of calls closed at 15.21 percent. The Nifty VIX for the week closed at 15.25 percent and is expected to remain sideways.
In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 3.59 percent in the morning after earlier dropping to its lowest levels in around five months. Major exporters were downbeat, with Toyota falling 2.57 percent and Sony losing 3.02 percent.
Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.84 percent and the broader Topix edged up by 0.46 percent, with the mining and oil sectors climbing 4.5 percent and 2.8 percent, respectively, in early morning trade.
Japan's Nikkei was closed for a local holiday while Australian shares were up 0.4 percent.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.2 percent. Japan's Nikkei fell 1.0 percent.
Japan's Nikkei 225 shed 0.12 percent in early trade and the Topix was lower by around the same level. Trading houses and financials were under pressure, while technology names traded mixed.
For the week, Sensex was down 0.5 percent and Nifty shed 0.4 percent. Nifty Bank lost 0.8 percent during the week while the volatility index on a weekly basis closed at 14.33 percent.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.2 percent in early trade. Japan's Nikkei was down 0.3 percent.
The broader Topix declined 0.75 percent, with 31 of its 33 sectors in negative territory.
Australian shares stumbled 0.8 percent in early trade, while Japan's Nikkei dropped 0.8 percent. South Korea's Kospi index declined 0.7 percent.