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15/12 South Africa's rand firmed nearly one-and-a-half percent on Friday on a court ruling affecting delegates set to take part at a conference of the African National Congress and investors cutting long dollar positions amid tight liquidity.  Full story
02h15 Britain's markets watchdog will step up its scrutiny of the initial coin offering (ICO) market to see if new rules are needed to protect investors after issuing an alert in September.  Full story
01h16 Retail brokerage TD Ameritrade Holding Corp said on Friday it will allow clients to trade bitcoin futures on the newly minted CBOE Futures Exchange from Dec. 18.  Full story
00h09 Shares gained worldwide on Friday and Wall Street notched closing record highs on U.S. tax legislation optimism, while the U.S. yield curve turned its flattest in a decade after the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates this week.  Full story
15/12 The Canadian dollar weakened against its U.S. counterpart on Friday after domestic data showed a surprise drop in factory sales, while the greenback climbed broadly on prospects of a U.S. tax overhaul.. . .  Full story
15/12 Lawmakers in Peru's opposition-ruled Congress filed a motion on Friday to impeach center-right President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on grounds he was morally unfit to lead after he resisted calls to resign over alleged corruption.. . .  Full story
15/12 World shares gained on Friday and Wall Street opened higher on U.S. tax legislation optimism, while the U.S. yield curve hit its flattest in a decade after the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates earlier. . .  Full story
15/12 The U.S. dollar rose on Friday as Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress put the finishing touches on a sweeping tax overhaul, raising expectations that the bill would be passed by year-end.. . .  Full story
15/12 European Union states and legislators agreed on Friday on stricter rules to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing on exchange platforms for bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the EU said in a statement.. . .  Full story
15/12 CME Group Inc launches bitcoin futures on Sunday, Dec. 17, following Cboe Global Markets Inc's Dec. 10 bitcoin futures debut.. . .  Full story
15/12 The Russian central bank said on Friday it may write off 100 billion roubles (1.7 billion) in subordinated debt issued by Promsvyazbank to reduce the amount the regulator needs to spend on bailing out. . .  Full story
15/12 Russia's central bank may have to sink up to $3.4 billion into its bailout on Friday of Promsvyazbank, the country's 10th largest private lender, the third such rescue this year.. . .  Full story
15/12 The U.S. derivatives watchdog on Friday published draft legal guidance outlining the basis on which retail virtual currency trading would be exempted from complying with its rules.. . .  Full story
15/12 Following are five big themes likely to dominate thinking of investors and traders in the coming week and the Reuters stories related to them.. . .  Full story
15/12 South Africa's rand firmed 2 percent on Friday as the ruling African National Congress prepared to elect its now leader, the likely next president. . .  Full story
15/12 The European Union agreed stricter rules to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing on bitcoin platforms on Friday.. . .  Full story
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15/12 Sterling fell nearly a percent on Friday despite news that Brexit negotiations would move on to the next stage in January, as investors booked some profits following recent gains.. . .  Full story
15/12 Equities in Chile posted solid gains on Friday, as prices for key export copper ticked up on solid Chinese industrial data and the country gears up for a tight presidential election over the weekend.. . .  Full story
15/12 Promsvyazbank, one of the largest private banks in Russia, will require between 100 billion roubles and 200 billion roubles ($1.7-$3.40 billion) as part of a central bank rescue, central bank deputy governor Vasily Pozdyshev said. . .  Full story
15/12 The surging price of cryptocurrencies in global markets is catching the eye not just of ordinary retail investors but a cybercrime gang with links to the North Korean government, according to cyber researchers tracing the. . .  Full story
15/12 The Russian central bank delivered a sharper-than-expected rate cut on Friday, a move that could help give consumers a feel-good factor months before the March presidential election which incumbent Vladimir Putin is expected to win.. . .  Full story
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15/12 Transneft said on Friday its computers had been used for the unauthorised manufacture, or "mining", of the cryptocurrency Monero but said the firm now had systems to prevent this happening again.. . .  Full story
15/12 Barclays will upgrade its trading platform for all financial products traded on exchanges on Jan. 3, taking on more trade reporting duties on behalf of its clients ahead of new European market reforms, a spokesman. . .  Full story
15/12 Bitcoin is taking its first steps toward becoming a legitimate investment vehicle with the creation of futures contracts in the crypto-currency this month, moves which may also allow it to infect wider financial market stability. . .  Full story
15/12 Sudan's president is wanted for crimes against humanity, the economy has lost much of its oil output and the government is in arrears with the IMF. And yet Osama Faisal's target of boosting foreign. . .  Full story
15/12 Israel's annual inflation rate rose for the third straight month in November, data from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed. The consumer price index showed prices gained 0.3 percent from a. . .  Full story
15/12 The Sri Lankan rupee closed little changed on Friday as importer dollar demand offset selling of the U.S. currency by exporters in late trade, dealers said.. . .  Full story
15/12 Malaysia's central bank said it will discontinue a special deposit facility for exporters from next year, rolling back a measure that it had introduced last year to stem the currency's slide against the U.S. dollar.. . .  Full story
15/12 The crown touched five-week lows against the euro on Friday due to concerns ahead of next week's Czech central bank (CNB) meeting that its resolve to boost interest rates has weakened.. . .  Full story
15/12 Emerging currencies strengthened on Friday but some eyed weekly losses as investors digested a deluge of central bank decisions.. . .  Full story
15/12 The Philippines is set to post its first current account deficit in more than a decade this year, with the gap expected to widen in 2018, due to strong imports, the central bank said. . .  Full story
15/12 Britain wants closer cooperation with China over its landmark Belt and Road infrastructure scheme, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Friday at the start of a Beijing trip on which he hopes to seal a. . .  Full story
15/12 The Kenyan shilling was unmoved against the dollar on Friday after a session of sparse trading ahead of the holidays, dealers said.. . .  Full story
15/12 South African stocks ended slightly higher on Thursday with Lonmin in demand following the announcement of a $382 million takeover by a local precious metals miner.. . .  Full story


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