image HONG KONG: Asian markets rose in thin trade Monday ahead of the festive season, tracking cues from Wall Street where stocks surged in a Federal Reserve-fuelled "Santa Claus rally" last week.
Two Chinese ministers offered support for Russia as President Vladimir Putin seeks to shore up support for the ruble without depleting foreign-exchange reserves.
Farmers from the southern parts of New York are lamenting over the decision to ban fracking which affects apple growers like David Johnson.
Oil rose for a second day, extending the biggest rally since October 2012 after Saudi Arabia said it was confident that crude will rebound as world economic growth boosts demand.
Australia's heavyweight pool rival South Korea has included six Europe-based players but found no place for former Arsenal striker Park Chu-young in its squad for the Asian Cup.