ALL STEAMED UP: An employee displays Panasonics' new steamer EH-SA95, which sprays nanometer-scale hot steam and micro-sized cold mist. (Yoshikazu Tsuno, AFP)
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An ordinary, long-scheduled journey of an oil drilling rig into Arctic waters is turning into a major political exercise, creating a dilemma for Exxon Mobil.
Asian markets have picked up with traders welcoming news that pro-Russian rebels have handed over the black boxes from downed flight MH17.
US shares have finished lower as geopolitical concerns weighed on sentiment during the first trading session of a busy week of corporate earnings reports.
Oil prices have risen in Asia against the backdrop of geopolitical tensions fuelled by a warning of tougher sanctions against Russia and fierce fighting in Gaza.
Major global stock markets fell and bond prices have rallied as worries over conflicts in the Gaza Strip and Ukraine raised uncertainty for investors.
South African stocks edged lower, in line with global peers as simmering political tensions in Ukraine weighed on appetite for risky assets.