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UPDATE 1-China gives 14 officials jail terms over 2013 oil pipeline blast

*Blast was one of biggest to hit infrastructure in China. BEIJING, Nov 30- China has sentenced 14 former officials at state energy firm Sinopec and the local government to jail for up to five years for their role in a massive oil pipeline explosion in 2013, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday. The explosion was one of the biggest to hit infrastructure...
Source: Reuters
UPDATE 1-Data breach at HK toy maker VTech highlights broader problems

HONG KONG, Nov 30- The theft of toy maker VTech Holdings Ltd's database highlights a growing problem with basic cyber security measures at small, non-financial companies that handle electronic customer data, industry watchers said on Monday. The hacked data at VTech included information about customers who download children's games, books and other...
Source: Reuters | By: Clare Baldwin and Donny Kwok
Key sticking points in UN climate talks

That's a huge step forward for the U.N. climate talks but a host of difficult issues remain to be resolved before a new climate agreement can be adopted in Paris. Even though almost all countries are in practice moving into a new era by presenting their own emissions pledges, India and many others want the Paris agreement to state clearly that the developed...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By The Associated Press
UPDATE 1-Brent crude dips on firm dollar ahead of OPEC meeting

*Dec. 4 OPEC meeting in focus. SINGAPORE, Nov 30- Brent crude futures dipped on Monday as traders remained cautious ahead of an OPEC meeting later this week and as a widely expected U.S. interest rate hike strengthened the dollar. OPEC and Russia could make "some sort of co-ordinated attempt to reduce production," said Jonathan Barratt, chief investment officer at...
Source: Reuters | By: Swetha Gopinath
GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares fall on China caution, yuan jumpy ahead of IMF decision

TOKYO, Nov 30- Asian shares fell on Monday as Chinese stocks extended last week's sharp losses, while the yuan bounced in volatile trade hours ahead of an IMF decision on whether to promote it to a basket of global reserve currencies. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.7 percent, and was on course to log a loss of about 2.7 percent for...
Source: Reuters | By: Hideyuki Sano
JGBs supported by euro zone bond gains but capped before auction

TOKYO, Nov 30- Japanese government bonds were firm on Monday, supported by bullish euro zone and U.S. debt, although caution ahead of an auction of 10- year maturities capped the market and limited price movements. Japan's finance ministry will sell 2.4 trillion yen of 10- year JGBs on Tuesday. Euro zone government bonds continued to gain, boosted by expectations...
Source: Reuters
POLL-Japan fund managers cut stock holdings in November

TOKYO, Nov 30- Japanese fund managers trimmed their holdings of global stocks in November as they braced for an interest rate hike by the U.S. A survey of six Japan- based fund managers, conducted between Nov. 18 and 24, showed respondents on average wanted to allocate 41.0 percent to stocks in November from 45.3 percent in October. Comments by Fed Chair Janet Yellen...
Source: Reuters | By: Shinichi Saoshiro
Is Japan starting to recover from a recession?

Japan's industrial output rose for a second straight month in October and retail sales grew much faster than expected - a sign of the recovery from a recession.
Source: Reuters
UPDATE 2-Japan output, retail sales rise, sign of gradual pickup from recession

*Oct output up 1.4 pct m/m vs forecast +1.9 pct. TOKYO, Nov 30- Japan's industrial output rose for a second straight month in October and retail sales grew much faster than expected- a tentative sign of the economy's recovery from a recession. The latest indicator should ease concern among policymakers after data last week showed weakness in household spending...
Source: Reuters | By: Tetsushi Kajimoto
UPDATE 1-U.S. holiday sales on track amid online boost-NRF survey

Nov 29- U.S. holiday shopping is on track for a modest 3.7 percent rise this year after strong turnout during the Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend and thanks to strong online sales, the National Retail Federation said on Sunday after releasing an annual consumer poll. NRF Chief Executive Officer Matt Shay said that he was encouraged by signs of improving...
Source: Reuters | By: Nathan Layne