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OPEC gathers in Vienna this week to decide on whether to trim the cartel's oil output faced with a global supply glut, sliding prices and weak demand growth.
Asian markets have seen fresh volatility, with Shanghai seeing sharp swings, as weak factory activity data highlighted weakness in the global economy.
US stocks have pushed higher, led by gains in pharmaceuticals, technology and retailers, which benefited from greater optimism about the holiday shopping season.
Oil prices have fallen in Asia as oil cartel OPEC prepared for a policy meeting amid expectations it will keep high output levels.
The eurozone's bailout fund has rescued Greece's largest bank, launching a recapitalisation process that is a crucial part of the country's third loan programme.
A UK manufacturing gauge has fallen more than economists forecast, while still signaling solid growth after reaching a 16-month high the previous month.
European equities have traded at a three-month high, with Britain’s lenders rallying after passing stress-test results.
China’s central bank has stepped up cash injections via open-market operations as a resumption of new share sales drove demand for funds.