LIGHT CONSTRUCTION: Two farmers stand on a wooden bench as they construct a greenhouse in the suburbs of Shanghai (Johannes Eisele, AFP)
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The euro’s worst year in a decade is looking even grimmer after the Chinese yuan’s inclusion in the International Monetary Fund’s basket of reserve currencies.
Oil prices have risen in Asia, three days before an OPEC meeting in which the cartel is expected to maintain high output levels despite a global supply glut.
The dollar has fallen against the yen and other emerging Asian currencies as investors turned cautious and markets increasingly price in a long-awaited US interest rate hike.
UK mortgage approvals have risen in October, indicating continued robust demand in the housing market.
Eurozone stocks have risen with all eyes on this week's policy meeting of the ECB, which is widely expected to boost the single currency with more stimulus.
An ex-Soviet republic of five million, Turkmenistan boasts more gas reserves per capita than any other country bar Qatar.
Billionaire Andre Esteves, arrested on charges related to Brazil's huge Petrobras corruption probe, has resigned as chairperson and CEO of the bank.
The euro has headed south as traders bet that the European Central Bank will open up the monetary stimulus taps, while key US jobs data were also in focus.