TOKYO, Dec 28 Japan's Nikkei average rose to a 21-month high in early trade on Friday, on track to log its best yearly gain since 2005, buoyed by a weaker yen on expectations of aggressive monetary stimulus under new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The Nikkei advanced 0.9 percent to 10,409.05, rising for the fourth straight session. The benchmark Nikkei is up 23 percent this year. The broader Topix index gained 0.7 percent to 859.72.
Morton County sheriff defends tactics against pipeline protesters
CANNON BALL, N.D., Dec 4 The sheriff of the North Dakota county where thousands of people are protesting a controversial pipeline project defended police tactics after they used water hoses and rubber bullets in a late November confrontation.
UPDATE 1-Saudi, Kuwait expect to restart Neutral Zone oilfields soon -sources
DUBAI, Dec 4 Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are expected to agree this month to resume oil production from the jointly operated oilfields in the Neutral Zone that lies between both countries, industry sources told Reuters on Sunday.