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Gold Steadies After Drop on Interest Rate Divergence

Gold steadies, after tumbling Friday on divergence in interest rate outlook in major economies. Bullion for immediate delivery +0.2% to $1,281.63/oz as of 9:54am in Tokyo; metal slid as much as 2.1% on Friday to low for year. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index +0.1% after +1.4% last week, most since Nov. 2016, as Federal Reserve says it will continue gradually hiking rates while ECB rules out higher rates until 2H of 2019. Speculators choose to focus on surging dollar over...

Japan Shares Decline as Global Trade Woes Keep Investors at Bay

Japanese stocks declined as investors remained wary over the ongoing trade spat between the U.S. and China. Topix index -1% to 1,771.57 as of 9:31 a.m. in Tokyo. Nikkei 225 -0.8% to 22,680.24. Yen +0.2% at 110.47 versus dollar. Electronics makers and machinery companies weighed most heavily on the benchmark Topix gauge in early trading in Tokyo. Oil explorers also fell following a dip in global crude prices. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday new tariffs on Chinese imports...

Yen Gains With Dollar as Trade Tensions Buoy Havens

The yen and dollar both strengthened as escalating trade frictions between the U.S. and China spurred demand for haven assets. Japan™s currency advanced against all its 16 major peers after China responded to the U.S. putting tariffs on $50 billion of imports by placing an additional 25% levy on $34 billion of U.S. agricultural and auto exports starting July. Treasuries rose for a third day, while New Zealand™s dollarled declines in Group-of-10...

Oil Slumps Below $65 as OPEC Clash Looms, Trade War Escalates

Oil fell below $65 a barrel as Saudi Arabia and Russia prepared for a clash with allied crude producers over whether to lift output and as China and the U.S. exchanged trade threats. Futures in New York dropped as much as 1.4 percent after a 2.7 percent decline Friday. Iran says Venezuela and Iraq will join it in blocking a proposal to increase production that™s backed by Saudi Arabia and Russia when OPEC and its allies meet in Vienna this week. The Chinese...

At least 3 killed in 6.1-magnitude Japan earthquake

A strong earthquake near Osaka, Japan, early Monday morning killed at least three people and injured at least 41, the Associated Press reported, citing local authorities. The 6.1-magnitude quake hit around 8 a.m., causing moderate damage, though some building were reported to be partially collapsed. No tsunami warning was issued. The Japan Times reported that nearby nuclear plants were undamaged, but bullet train lines and some freeways were shut down as a precaution, and nearly 180,000...

Paraguay Congress Legalizes Planting of Medical Marijuana
Wednesday, 6 December 2017 20:04 WIB | GLOBAL |

Paraguay's Congress passed a bill Tuesday creating a state-sponsored system to import marijuana seeds and grow the plant for medical uses, a decision that followed other countries in Latin America.

The landlocked South American nation had authorized the importing of cannabis oil in May, under control of the health ministry, and Tuesday's decision was celebrated by patients and their loved ones for making it more readily available.

"We are very happy because this will also allow for the import of seeds for oil production," said Roberto Cabanas, vice president of Paraguay's medicinal cannabis organization. His daughter has Dravet syndrome and the family was paying $300 a month for imported cannabis oil.

Peru, Chile, Argentina and Colombia had already legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Uruguay has fully legalized growing and selling marijuana for any use.

The bill will likely be signed into law by the executive as it was supported by the health ministry.

Growing marijuana for recreational purposes in Paraguay is illegal, yet the country is a key source of illegal marijuana trafficked into Brazil and Argentina.

Source: VOA news

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold Steadies After Drop on Interest Rate Divergence

Gold steadies, after tumbling Friday on divergence in interest rate outlook in major economies. Bullion for immediate delivery +0.2% to $1,281.63/oz as of 9:54am in Tokyo; metal slid as much as 2.1% on Friday to low for year. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index +0.1% after +1.4% last week, most since Nov. 2016, as Federal Reserve says it will continue gradually hiking rates while ECB rules out higher rates until 2H of 2019. Speculators choose to focus on surging dollar over...

Japan Shares Decline as Global Trade Woes Keep Investors at Bay

Japanese stocks declined as investors remained wary over the ongoing trade spat between the U.S. and China. Topix index -1% to 1,771.57 as of 9:31 a.m. in Tokyo. Nikkei 225 -0.8% to 22,680.24. Yen +0.2% at 110.47 versus dollar. Electronics makers and machinery companies weighed most heavily on the benchmark Topix gauge in early trading in Tokyo. Oil explorers also fell following a dip in global crude prices. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday new tariffs on Chinese imports...

Yen Gains With Dollar as Trade Tensions Buoy Havens

The yen and dollar both strengthened as escalating trade frictions between the U.S. and China spurred demand for haven assets. Japan™s currency advanced against all its 16 major peers after China responded to the U.S. putting tariffs on $50 billion of imports by placing an additional 25% levy on $34 billion of U.S. agricultural and auto exports starting July. Treasuries rose for a third day, while New Zealand™s dollarled declines in Group-of-10...

Oil Slumps Below $65 as OPEC Clash Looms, Trade War Escalates

Oil fell below $65 a barrel as Saudi Arabia and Russia prepared for a clash with allied crude producers over whether to lift output and as China and the U.S. exchanged trade threats. Futures in New York dropped as much as 1.4 percent after a 2.7 percent decline Friday. Iran says Venezuela and Iraq will join it in blocking a proposal to increase production that™s backed by Saudi Arabia and Russia when OPEC and its allies meet in Vienna this week. The Chinese...

At least 3 killed in 6.1-magnitude Japan earthquake

A strong earthquake near Osaka, Japan, early Monday morning killed at least three people and injured at least 41, the Associated Press reported, citing local authorities. The 6.1-magnitude quake hit around 8 a.m., causing moderate damage, though some building were reported to be partially collapsed. No tsunami warning was issued. The Japan Times reported that nearby nuclear plants were undamaged, but bullet train lines and some freeways were shut down as a precaution, and nearly 180,000...

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