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World stocks gain, dollar falls as market expectations for US rate hike this month diminish

World stocks gain, dollar falls as market expectations for US rate hike this month diminish

World stocks rose Thursday as a holiday in China gave investors a break from its torrid markets while the dollar fell on diminishing expectations for a Federal Reserve rate hike this month.

  • A pedestrian looks at an electronic board showing the stock market indices of various countries outside a brokerage in Tokyo
    Global stocks enjoy relief rally ahead of ECB, but investors wary Reuters - 37 minutes ago

    By Jamie McGeever LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks rose on Thursday, lifted by the strong rally on Wall Street the previous day, but investors were cautious ahead of … More »Global stocks enjoy relief rally ahead of ECB, but investors wary

    A pedestrian looks at an electronic board showing the stock market indices of various countries outside a brokerage in Tokyo

    By Jamie McGeever LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks rose on Thursday, lifted by the strong rally on Wall Street the previous day, but investors were cautious ahead of a potentially critical 24 hours that will include a European Central Bank policy meeting and the latest U.S. jobs data. The ECB is expected to lower the central …

  • Australia keen to join India, U.S. naval drills Reuters - 57 minutes ago

    By Tommy Wilkes NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Australia wants to join India, the United States and Japan in joint naval exercises in the Indian Ocean, widening participation … More »Australia keen to join India, U.S. naval drills

    By Tommy Wilkes NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Australia wants to join India, the United States and Japan in joint naval exercises in the Indian Ocean, widening participation in multilateral drills as China's influence in the region grows. Australian Defense Minister Kevin Andrews said expanding the exercises to include more countries …

  • Chris the merino sheep pictured before it is shorn in the outskirts of Canberra a day after Australian animal welfare officers put out an urgent appeal for shearers after finding the sheep with wool so overgrown its life was in danger
    Aussie champ trims 'record' fleece off Chris the sheep AFP - 1 hour 20 minutes ago

    A heavily overgrown sheep had its massive fleece shorn on Thursday by an Australian national champion in a life-saving operation that animal welfare officers said may … More »Aussie champ trims 'record' fleece off Chris the sheep

    Chris the merino sheep pictured before it is shorn in the outskirts of Canberra a day after Australian animal welfare officers put out an urgent appeal for shearers after finding the sheep with wool so overgrown its life was in danger

    A heavily overgrown sheep had its massive fleece shorn on Thursday by an Australian national champion in a life-saving operation that animal welfare officers said may have set a new world record for a single shearing. The merino sheep, named Chris by bushwalkers who spotted him wandering alone on the outskirts of Australia's …

  • New Zealand slashes aid to Nauru over human rights concern Reuters - 1 hour 56 minutes ago

    By Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand said on Thursday it was cutting NZ$1.2 million ($762,500)in aid to Nauru, slashing its budget for helping … More »New Zealand slashes aid to Nauru over human rights concern

    By Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand said on Thursday it was cutting NZ$1.2 million ($762,500)in aid to Nauru, slashing its budget for helping the island nation by more than half over concern about a growing crackdown on human rights. Nauru, a tiny Pacific island with just 10,000 citizens, has been …

  • In this photo provided by the RSPCA/Australian Capital Territory, an overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland is prepared to be shorn in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. The wild, castrated merino ram named Chris, yielded 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool — the equivalent of 30 sweaters — and sheded almost half his body weight. (RSPCA ACT/ via AP) EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALES
    Lost Australian sheep yields 30 sweaters worth of fleece The Canadian Press - 2 hours 34 minutes ago

    A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool — the equivalent of … More »Lost Australian sheep yields 30 sweaters worth of fleece

    In this photo provided by the RSPCA/Australian Capital Territory, an overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland is prepared to be shorn in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. The wild, castrated merino ram named Chris, yielded 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool — the equivalent of 30 sweaters — and sheded almost half his body weight. (RSPCA ACT/ via AP) EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALES

    A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool — the equivalent of 30 sweaters — and shedding almost half his body weight. Tammy Ven Dange, chief executive of the Canberra RSPCA, which rescued the wild, castrated merino ram …

  • An Australian sheep is pictured before being shorn of over 40 kilograms (88.2 lbs) of wool after being found near Australia's capital city Canberra
    Australian sheep is unofficially the world's woolliest Reuters - 2 hours 54 minutes ago

    Around 40 kilograms (88 lb) of wool has been sheared from a sheep found near Australia's capital, the RSPCA said on Thursday, making him unofficially the world's woolliest. … More »Australian sheep is unofficially the world's woolliest

    An Australian sheep is pictured before being shorn of over 40 kilograms (88.2 lbs) of wool after being found near Australia's capital city Canberra

    Around 40 kilograms (88 lb) of wool has been sheared from a sheep found near Australia's capital, the RSPCA said on Thursday, making him unofficially the world's woolliest. The animal, named Chris by his rescuers, was discovered on the northern outskirts of Canberra on Wednesday and was said to be struggling to walk under …

  • Australia under fire for lobbying on California kangaroo trade Reuters - 3 hours ago

    By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government is under fire for lobbying the California legislature to stop a ban on the sale of kangaroo products in … More »Australia under fire for lobbying on California kangaroo trade

    By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government is under fire for lobbying the California legislature to stop a ban on the sale of kangaroo products in the U.S. state, a restriction the industry argues would cripple exports of the marsupials' meat and leather. The California senate will vote on Thursday on …

  • File photo of a man taking a selfie by a crashing wave on Beirut's Corniche, a seaside promenade, as high winds sweep through Lebanon during a storm
    Selfie madness: too many dying to get the picture Reuters - 4 hours ago

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - The rise of selfie photography in some of the world's most beautiful, and dangerous, places is sparking a range of interventions aimed … More »Selfie madness: too many dying to get the picture

    File photo of a man taking a selfie by a crashing wave on Beirut's Corniche, a seaside promenade, as high winds sweep through Lebanon during a storm

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - The rise of selfie photography in some of the world's most beautiful, and dangerous, places is sparking a range of interventions aimed at combating risk-taking that has resulted in a string of gruesome deaths worldwide. The act of taking a picture of oneself with a mobile phone, placing …

  • Enduring pen pal friendship celebrated with surprise visit
    Enduring pen pal friendship celebrated with surprise visit CBC - 4 hours ago

    Two women — one of them living in Regina, the other in Australia — became close as pen pals. Muriel Tataryn, from Regina, and Neita Alder, from Australia, exchanged … More »Enduring pen pal friendship celebrated with surprise visit

    Enduring pen pal friendship celebrated with surprise visit

    Two women — one of them living in Regina, the other in Australia — became close as pen pals. Muriel Tataryn, from Regina, and Neita Alder, from Australia, exchanged all sorts of letters, pictures and parcels over the course of 31 years. Alder died of cancer eight years ago and Tataryn kept in touch with the family.

  • Milos Raonic, of Canada, returns a shot against Fernando Verdasco, of Spain, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
    Raonic overcomes back problems, advances to third round at US Open The Canadian Press - 7 hours ago

    Milos Raonic was lying prone on the court while a trainer put the tennis star through a series of stretches. Raonic rebounded and toughed out a 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 … More »Raonic overcomes back problems, advances to third round at US Open

    Milos Raonic, of Canada, returns a shot against Fernando Verdasco, of Spain, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Milos Raonic was lying prone on the court while a trainer put the tennis star through a series of stretches. Raonic rebounded and toughed out a 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1) win over Spain's Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday to advance to the third round of the final Grand Slam of the season. Later, Raonic was joined in the …

  • Vox Sentences: The Iran deal's Congressional opponents have lost
    Vox Sentences: The Iran deal's Congressional opponents have lost @ Vox.com - 9 hours ago

    The Iran deal official has enough votes to survive Congress; the British press suddenly decides it cares what happens to refugees; and there are more trees in the world … More »Vox Sentences: The Iran deal's Congressional opponents have lost

    Vox Sentences: The Iran deal's Congressional opponents have lost

    The Iran deal official has enough votes to survive Congress; the British press suddenly decides it cares what happens to refugees; and there are more trees in the world than we thought.

  • Champion shearer removes record-setting fleece from shaggy sheep CBC - 9 hours ago

    UPDATE: Over 40 kg of wool was removed from the sheep Thursday morning, setting a new world record for the heaviest fleece removed in one shearing, reports ABC. The sheep … More »Champion shearer removes record-setting fleece from shaggy sheep

    UPDATE: Over 40 kg of wool was removed from the sheep Thursday morning, setting a new world record for the heaviest fleece removed in one shearing, reports ABC. The sheep is reportedly being checked by vets and will be put up for adoption. A feral sheep in Australia is in dire need of a haircut and animal welfare officials …

  • FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, Trevor Noah, host of the new "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah," poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. The show has added three new comics to its rotating cast of correspondents; Ronny Chieng, Desi Lydic, from MTV’s “Awkward” and Roy Wood Jr., a stand-up comic who participated in NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and Comedy Central’s “Laugh Riots.” (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
    Comedy Central adds new comics to Trevor Noah's 'Daily Show' The Canadian Press - 12 hours ago

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Anticipating its relaunch with Trevor Noah as host later this month, Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" has added three new comics to its … More »Comedy Central adds new comics to Trevor Noah's 'Daily Show'

    FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, Trevor Noah, host of the new "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah," poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. The show has added three new comics to its rotating cast of correspondents; Ronny Chieng, Desi Lydic, from MTV’s “Awkward” and Roy Wood Jr., a stand-up comic who participated in NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and Comedy Central’s “Laugh Riots.” (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Anticipating its relaunch with Trevor Noah as host later this month, Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" has added three new comics to its rotating cast of correspondents.

  • The words "Paris Climate 2015" are seen on the illuminated Eiffel Tower on November 22, 2013, in honour of the 21st Climate Change Conference which will take place in Paris
    Climate: World failing to meet 2C target, say analysts AFP - 12 hours ago

    Inadequate national targets for curbing climate-altering greenhouse gases meant emissions would be "far above" the level required to stave off disastrous global warming, … More »Climate: World failing to meet 2C target, say analysts

    The words "Paris Climate 2015" are seen on the illuminated Eiffel Tower on November 22, 2013, in honour of the 21st Climate Change Conference which will take place in Paris

    Inadequate national targets for curbing climate-altering greenhouse gases meant emissions would be "far above" the level required to stave off disastrous global warming, analysts warned Wednesday. "The climate targets so far submitted to the UN by governments collectively lead to global emissions far above the levels needed …

  • A child wearing a Darth Vader mask participates in a light saber duel with other children after the live internet unveiling of new light saber toys from the film "Star Wars - The Force Awakens" in Sydney
    Disney unboxes the Force to drive buzz for 'Star Wars' toys Reuters - 12 hours ago

    By Piya Sinha-Roy and Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When technology and geek culture enthusiast Chris Pirillo purchased his iPhone 6 last year, he rushed home … More »Disney unboxes the Force to drive buzz for 'Star Wars' toys

    A child wearing a Darth Vader mask participates in a light saber duel with other children after the live internet unveiling of new light saber toys from the film "Star Wars - The Force Awakens" in Sydney

    By Piya Sinha-Roy and Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When technology and geek culture enthusiast Chris Pirillo purchased his iPhone 6 last year, he rushed home to broadcast himself unboxing the item live on YouTube. The video has garnered nearly 50,000 views and is part of the growing craze of 'unboxing' that is …