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China brokerages investigated over margin trading contracts
BEIJING Chinese brokerages currently under scrutiny from the country's securities regulator are being investigated for suspected rule breaches related to the signing of margin trading contracts, they said in separate filings on Sunday.
Citic, Haitong, Guosen Probed on Alleged Margin-Trading Breaches  Bloomberg
China brokerages pledge continued efforts to support stock index  GlobalPost
MacroBusiness (blog)  
Small Business Saturday push on to 'shop local'
OLEAN - Now that the dust has settled from the deluge of shoppers on Gray Thursday and Black Friday, a newer shopping moving is expected to draw out millions today.
Gray store celebrates Small Business Saturday  13WMAZ
Small Business Saturday Encourages Shopping Local  SHU Spectrum
Black Friday Sales Down More Than $1 Billion
Shoppers this year still wanted to get a head start on their holiday gift list on Black Friday - but overall were less willing to brave the crowds.
Store Sales Drop As More Holiday Shoppers Look For Online Bargains  CBS Local
Cyber Monday: Seven ways it's different from Black Friday  Christian Science Monitor
Video showing Black Friday brawl in the US goes viral
Two men were captured in fisticuffs at a US mall on Black Friday. The video has now been viewed over 4 million times. By: Express Web Desk New Delhi Published:Nov 29, 2015, 19:12.
Black Friday brawl in the US goes viral, People visit mall for more than ...  Times Gazette
Shoppers brawl over Black Friday deals (blog)
Syria's Assad says his enemies increasing support for insurgents
BEIRUT/AMMAN Syrian President Bashar al Assad told a senior Iranian official on Sunday that his adversaries had increased weapon supplies and financial support to insurgents since the start of a major offensive aided by his allies to regain lost territory.
Assad Tells Iran: Support for Insurgents on the Rise  Haaretz
Iran seeks $US25bn in oil investment  The Australian
Tankful Holiday Spectacular: Cut down your own Christmas tree
Greetings from Ridge Manor, in Hernando County. After Thanksgiving leftovers are devoured, it's time to set up the Christmas tree - and they are never fresher than when you chop them down yourself, like Scott did at Ergle Christmas Tree Farm.
Quality of Christmas trees high this year, say growers  Osakis Review
Area offers great spots for Christmas trees  Jacksonville Daily News
IMF to make Chinese yuan reserve currency in historic move
The International Monetary Fund is to give the yuan a historic vote of confidence on Monday when it includes the Chinese currency in its elite club of major currencies.
Did the Yuan Really Pass the IMF Currency Test? You'll Know Soon  Bloomberg
China's yuan set for IMF reserve status  BBC News
Cards Against Humanity trolls customers and makes $71k by selling nothing
Cards Against Humanity managed to make US$71,145 (AU$98,870) on Black Friday, by selling customers absolutely nothing at all. Over the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, the company took down its normal online store and replaced it with a payment form.
Cards Against Humanity nets $70k for 'nothing' on Black Friday  USA TODAY
Here's What Cards Against Humanity Is Doing With The $71145 They Made On ...  TechCrunch
Chinese authorities boost smog alert level in Beijing
The authorities in the Chinese capital, Beijing, have issued their highest smog warning so far this year. The "orange level" alert declared on Sunday is the second highest possible, requiring factories to cut production.
Beijing Issues Orange Alert For Heavy Smog  NDTV
Beijing escalates smog warning, orders factories to shut down and trucks off ...  Shanghaiist
Kuwait Names Finance Minister Anas al-Saleh as New Oil Minister
Kuwait on Sunday replaced its oil minister just days before the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is scheduled for a potentially contentious meeting over production.
Kuwait appoints deputy prime minister as new oil minister  New Zealand Herald
Kuwait oil minister removed in reshuffle