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Asian shares rise amid US tax cut hopes; China in focus

SYDNEY Asian shares edged up on Monday, with sentiment boosted by expectations U.S. lawmakers will pass a long-awaited tax bill, while Chinese stocks were soggy after the country's central bank raised interest rates.

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Oil edges up, though 2018 outlook cites ample supplies

SINGAPORE Oil edged up on Monday, lifted by an ongoing North Sea pipeline outage and over signs that booming U.S. crude output growth may be slowing, although the outlook for oil markets cites ample supplies despite ongoing production cuts led by OPEC.

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French finance minister calls for bitcoin regulation debate at G20

PARIS France will propose that the G20 group of major economies discuss regulation of the bitcoin virtual currency next year, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday.

FXpert, G20 17 Dec 2017

Toyota to make over 10 battery EV models globally in early 2020s

TOKYO Toyota Motor Corp will make more than 10 battery electric car models globally in the early 2020s, with sales starting in China, the company said on Monday.

5:16am GMT

Exclusive - Bankers may get notes to help push industry line on Brexit

LONDON Bankers may be given a cribsheet to help the industry push for close ties with the European Union following Brexit, according to a document drawn up for the organisation that promotes Britain as a financial centre.

16 Dec 2017

Japan exports boom, but inflation not following script in blow to BOJ exit plan

TOKYO Japanese exports accelerated sharply in November, yet again pointing to growing momentum in the world's third-biggest economy. There was just one catch: inflation remained stubbornly low and well off the central bank's 2 percent target.

Japan 5:11am GMT
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