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Gold's recent losses have erased almost all of its 2014 gains as speculation mounts that the Federal Reserve will start its rate-tightening cycle sooner.
Silver's sell-off has extended to a second session with the metal tumbling to a four-year low, as investors unwound long positions amid strength in the dollar.
The dollar has retreated in Asia after surging last week on hints by the Fed of higher than expected interest rates and Scotland's decision to stay in the UK.
Nasa's Maven spacecraft has begun orbiting Mars in a mission to study how the red planet's climate changed over time from warm and wet to cold and dry.
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US stocks emerged stronger from the past week following a favourable Fed decision, rejection of Scottish independence and Alibaba's record stock offering.
Asian markets mostly fallen on profit taking after the big gains at the end of last week, while the dollar eased from more than six-year highs against the yen.
Oil prices have fallen as dealers await key Chinese manufacturing data for clues about demand in the world's top energy consumer, analysts have said.