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Friday, Nov 30


GLOBAL MARKETS-Oil toils after worst month in a decade


Oil toiled at a more than one-year low after its worst month in a decade on Friday, while most major markets were keeping moves tight ahead of a weekend meeting between U.S. and Chinese presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.

Russia thinks Trump canceled Putin meeting for domestic reasons


Russia believes U.S. President Donald Trump canceled his meeting with Vladimir Putin due to domestic issues rather than the Ukraine situation, its foreign ministry said on Friday.

Italy's drone ambitions crash-land as Piaggio Aero loses only client


Europe's only commercial; maker of military drones, Italy-based Piaggio Aerospace, has

UPDATE 1-Autos and miners drag Europe down as weak China and trade fears sap confidence


Miners also down on weakest China factory growth in 2

German Air Force says Merkel plane landed early due to electric failure


An electronic failure caused a plane carrying Chancellor Angela Merkel to the G20 summit in Argentina to made an unscheduled landing, a German Air Force spokesman said on Friday.

Ukraine bars entry to Russian men of combat age citing invasion fears


Ukraine on Friday banned Russian men of combat age from entering the country, a move introduced under martial law after Russia fired on and captured three Ukrainian naval ships off Crimea last weekend.

UPDATE 2-Japan-France spat over Renault-Nissan brews as Ghosn remains jailed

Tokyo authorities extended the detention on Friday of ousted Nissan Motor Co chairman Carlos Ghosn for 10 days, media said, amid signs of a brewing diplomatic feud over the balance of power at the troubled Renault-Nissan alliance.

Toyota to buy out PSA stake in joint Czech factory


Toyota has agreed to buy out PSA Group's stake in a jointly-managed Czech Republic factory specializing in the production of small cars, the companies said on Friday.

UPDATE 2-Frankfurt prosecutor says Deutsche Bank raid continues for second day

A police raid of Deutsche Bank's headquarters in Frankfurt and other offices continued for a second day on Friday over money laundering allegations linked to the Panama Papers, a spokeswoman for the Frankfurt prosecutor's office said.

Oil steady as expected OPEC cuts balance high inventory

Oil prices steadied on Friday as expectations that OPEC and Russia would agree some form of production cut next week balanced pressure from swelling inventories.

Russia has no plans to ban entry to Ukrainian men: RIA cites lawmaker

Russia does not plan to ban Ukrainian men from entering the country in a tit-for-tat response to a broad entry ban imposed by Ukraine, RIA news agency cited Russian lawmaker Frants Klintsevich as saying on Friday.

Air France weighs Joon closure as new CEO seeks labor deals

Air France-KLM is mulling the closure of Joon, its newest airline brand, company sources told Reuters, in an about-face that could help new boss Ben Smith address the chronic underperformance of the main Air France business.

Indonesia military joins manhunt for 87 inmates after jailbreak


Indonesian soldiers and police joined a manhunt on Friday for 87 inmates still on the run after escaping from a prison in the western province of Aceh, officials said.

UPDATE 1-U.S. slams Russia's Yamal LNG transfers in Norwegian waters


Move allows for more frequent LNG cargoes from Yamal

Italy set to name Egyptian suspects over disappearance of student -sources


ROME (Reuters) - Italian prosecutors will next week place under official investigation two members of Egypt's security forces over their alleged involvement in the 2016 disappearance of student Giulio Regeni, judicial sources said.

World leaders set to convene Argentina summit clouded by disputes

A summit of the world’s top economies will open on Friday with leaders struggling over fallout from a U.S.-China trade war that has roiled global markets and bracing for the kind of divisive geopolitical drama that President Donald Trump…

UN audit finds graft and misconduct in its Uganda refugee program


KAMPALA (Reuters) - A U.N. investigation of its widely-praised refugee programme in Uganda has found corruption costing millions of dollars and misconduct.

Angry farmers march on parliament to denounce their plight

Tens of thousands of Indian farmers and rural workers marched to the parliament in the capital, New Delhi, on Friday in a protest against soaring operating costs and plunging produce prices that have brought misery to many.

Ukraine bans entry to Russian adult men: border service chief

Ukraine has banned Russian adult men aged 16-60 years from entering Ukraine, the head of the border service Petro Tsygykal said in a televised meeting on Friday.

South Africa's Zuma wants arms deal corruption charges set aside


South Africa's former president Jacob Zuma wants corruption charges relating to a $2.2 billion arms deal to be permanently set aside, his lawyers said on Friday, when Zuma made his fourth court appearance since the charges were reinstated.

Ukraine mulls 'mirror actions' after Russia's capture of ships

Ukraine is considering whether to respond in kind with "mirror actions" after Russia fired on and captured three Ukrainian navy vessels last weekend, Ihor Huskov, a senior official at the state security service (SBU) told reporters on…

Angry Birds firm Rovio buys strategy game studio PlayRaven


Rovio Entertainment, the maker of the "Angry Birds" mobile games and movie, said on Friday it had acquired Finnish game studio PlayRaven to expand into mobile strategy games.

Ebola outbreak in east Congo now world's second biggest

The Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo is now the second biggest in history, with 426 confirmed and probable cases, the health ministry said late on Thursday.

ChemChina says gas leak at Hebei plant caused blast that killed 23

BEIJING (Reuters) - A flammable gas leak at a plant owned by ChemChina subsidiary Hebei Shenghua Chemical Industry Co caused a blast that killed 23 people and injured 22 this week in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, ChemChina said in a…

Kites, dancing penguins and magic: 'Mary Poppins Returns'


Flying through the clouds with a black parrot umbrella and holding her signature carpet bag, whimsical British nanny Mary Poppins made her "practically perfect" movie comeback on Thursday, more than 50 years after first charming audiences…

VietJet plane makes troubled landing, minor injuries to some passengers

HANOI (Reuters) - A VietJet Aviation JSC flight made a troubled landing on Thursday evening after the wheels on its front landing gear had "problems", with passengers reporting minor injuries, the carrier and Vietnam's aviation authority…

Sterling set for third weekly drop on Brexit concerns


... * Graphic: World FX rates in 2018 tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh. * Graphic: Trade-weighted sterling since Brexit vote tmsnrt.rs/2hwV9Hv. LONDON, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Sterling steadied on Friday but was on track for a third consecutive week of losses…

Vietnam jails senior police officials for running online gambling ring


A Vietnamese court on Friday jailed two senior police officials found guilty of running an underground online gambling ring which raised millions of dollars, state media said.

China hopes U.S. shows sincerity at G20 trade talks

China hopes the United States can show sincerity and promote proposals both countries can accept when their two leaders meet at this week's G20 summit, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Friday ahead of the key trade talks.


Kin of missing from Malaysian plane hand over suspected debris, urge search

Relatives of some of the people missing on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 urged Malaysia on Friday to resume a search for the plane that disappeared in 2014, as they handed over what they believe are five new pieces of debris from it.