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Abu Dhabi market leads broader gains
Markets

Abu Dhabi market leads broader gains

  • Abu Dhabi marks best session in over 9 months.
  • First Abu Dhabi Bank powers Abu Dhabi benchmark.
  • Saudi Telecom best performer on Saudi main index.
Published 18 Jan, 2021 07:14pm
Japan finds COVID-19 variant in 3 people with no record of travel to UK
World

Japan finds COVID-19 variant in 3 people with no record of travel to UK

  • The three, aged from their 20s to their 60s and living in Shizuoka prefecture, about 200 km (125 miles) west of Tokyo, first had symptoms in early January.
  • Japan has so far detected 45 cases of new variants of the virus that were first spotted in Britain, South Africa and Brazil.
Published 18 Jan, 2021 07:10pm
China's corn, wheat imports in 2020 reach record highs
Markets

China's corn, wheat imports in 2020 reach record highs

  • Corn imports in 2020 were more than double the previous year's volume and exceeded their annual quota, which was set at 7.2 million tonnes.
  • China also imported a record 8.38 million tonnes of wheat, against a quota of 9.64 million tonnes.
Published 18 Jan, 2021 07:07pm
Bank of Israel seeks to prevent 'over-appreciation' of shekel
Business & Finance

Bank of Israel seeks to prevent 'over-appreciation' of shekel

  • The central bank said on Thursday it planned to buy $30 billion of foreign currency in 2021 - up from $21 billion in 2020.
  • We are trying to prevent an over-appreciation of the currency (shekel) in the short term that will make it difficult for companies when the exchange rate comes back
Published 18 Jan, 2021 07:05pm
Germany says its new COVID-19 infections are much too high
World

Germany says its new COVID-19 infections are much too high

  • Concern about new variants of the virus are the reason Chancellor Angela Merkel and state leaders have brought forward a planned meeting to Tuesday.
  • We still have a big risk ... that is the risk of mutation," Seibert told a regular news conference.
Published 18 Jan, 2021 06:58pm
South Africa to get 9 million J&J vaccine shots
World

South Africa to get 9 million J&J vaccine shots

  • The country has recorded more than 1.3 million infections and more than 37,000 deaths related to the virus, the most in Africa.
  • The J&J doses take the total number of doses that South Africa stands to receive to more than 30 million.
Published 18 Jan, 2021 06:56pm