World Stock Index Little Changed, U.s. Crude Oil Up

World news in brief, 12/1

The yen is down almost 18 percent versus the euro this year, while it is off 15 percent against the greenback and is also set for its biggest one-month fall since January. The Nikkei .N225 meanwhile, has rallied 50 percent this year. Standard and Poor's stripped the Netherlands of its prized AAA grade, blaming its worsening growth prospects. But the bond market reaction was muted, with Dutch debt prices up slightly despite the bad news. <GVD/EUR> Tokyo's Nikkei notched its best November since 2005 despite some late profit-taking in Asia, as the yen, at a five-year low against the euro and a six-month low versus the dollar, boosted hopes for its big exporting firms. Gold rose 1.1 percent to $1,251 an ounce, but the commodity has been under pressure throughout the year, driven by worries over the U.S. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/29/us-markets-global-idUSBRE96S00E20131129

government will contribute a destruction technology, full operational support and financing to neutralize the weapons most likely on a ship in the Mediterranean Sea. The weapons are to be removed from Syria by Dec. 31. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2013/nov/30/wbriefs/

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