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The dollar has been mixed in Asia after a deal on US spending that aims to avoid a repeat of a paralysing government shutdown.
Hong Kong stocks slipped 1.24%, in line with a regional sell-off owing to lingering concerns over the future of the US Federal Reserve's stimulus programme.
The European Union has approved a fisheries agreement with Morocco, after rejecting an earlier proposal because of concerns control over the disputed Western Sahara.
A recovery in tourism will help the Seychelles' economy grow by a faster-than-expected 3.5% this year, says Finance Minister Pierre Laporte.
General Motors says chief executive Dan Akerson will step down next month, pulling ahead his planned departure by several months.
Alitalia has finally secured the €300m it needs to keep flying over Christmas concluding a drawn-out capital raising, a source says.
South African stocks have declined, falling into the red with investors taking profits in stocks such as Woolworths, which helped lead the recent surge.
A Swiss regional bank says it will participate in a scheme by US officials to crackdown on wealthy Americans.