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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
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Shoppers Hit the Stores for Black Friday
Shoppers wait for the the John Lewis store to open at 8am, inside The Trafford Centre, with the hope of a 'Black Friday' bargain, Nov. 27, 2015, in Manchester, U.K.. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images ...
France's Royal Sees Risk That Paris Climate Deal Will Fall Short  Bloomberg
Super Bowl of shopping starts  Business Insider
Shoppers eager to support Small Business Saturday
Tina Meyers Jacobs of Portland shows an arcade game cabinet ornament off to dad Frank Meyers, left, and husband Jay Jacobs, right, while shopping at the Oregon Gift Shop during Small Business Saturday in downtown Klamath Falls.
Extra shoppers getting ready to #ShopSmall on Small Enterprise Saturday ...  The Times (subscription)
Shop local this Saturday (blog)
Lufthansa agrees to pay deal with ground staff
Looking to avoid further strikes, Lufthansa (OTCQX:DLAKY) has reached an agreement with trade union Verdi on the wages and pensions of around 33K ground staff and other personnel.
Lufthansa agrees pay deal with 30000 ground staff  BBC News
Lufthansa agrees on pay with ground personnel: Verdi union  Reuters
China's yuan set for IMF reserve status
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is expected to announce on Monday that China's currency, the yuan, will join the fund's group of international reserve currencies.
Commodities set to tumble if yuan gains benchmark SDR status  The Australian
Yuan expected to get low SDR weighting  South China Morning Post (subscription)
The great debate: Real or artificial tree?
Q • My family is divided on buying a real or fake tree this year. What should we consider when weighing our options? A • 'Tis the season for the age-old holiday debate - real vs.
Oxford has Christmas tree options  Oxford Eagle
Broomfield Enterprise Gardening Nov. 29: Choose the right Christmas tree ...  Broomfield Enterprise
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
Iran seeks $US25bn in oil investment
Iran is seeking $US25 billion ($A34.6bn) in investments from 50 deals involving international oil and gas companies, foreign executives have been told in Tehran as the government outlined new contractual terms.
Iran seeks $30bn of new oil contracts  BBC News
Bahrain summons Iran envoy over Khamenei remarks  The Express Tribune
Beijing Issues Orange Alert For Heavy Smog
Residents were advised to minimise outdoor activities, while those with respiratory illnesses and the elderly were urged to stay inside their homes.
Chinese authorities boost smog alert level in Beijing  BBC News
China issues this year's first heavy smog alert  Economic Times
Russian Oil Tanker Grounded in North Pacific
MOSCOW - Russian emergency services say cleanup operations are underway after an oil tanker was grounded, damaging one of its fuel tanks.
Oil Spills After Russian Tanker Grounded  RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty