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New Zealand has provisionally voted to legalise euthanasia but is on course to reject law changes that would allow recreational marijuana use, the country's Electoral Commission said on Friday.
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SYDNEY, Oct 29 U.S. soybean futures rose on
Thursday after earlier hitting a nine-day low as concerns about
the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic loomed over prices.
SYDNEY, Oct 28 U.S. wheat futures fell nearly 1%
on Wednesday to a two-week low as concerns about global supplies
eased on forecasts for rain across the U.S. Plains, a major
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SYDNEY A lockdown of Australia's second-biggest city will be eased after the country's coronavirus epicentre said it had gone 24 hours without any new infections for the first time in four months, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said on Monday.
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* Dry weather effects seen in Russian, U.S., Argentine wheat
* Egypt wheat tender adds to flurry of international demand
* Corn steady near 14-month top on strong export demand
* Soybeans also consolidate after 4-year high; Brazil rain
(Updates with European trading, changes byline/dateline)
By Gus Trompiz and Colin Packham
PARIS/SYDNEY, Oct 23 Chicago wheat rose on
Friday as traders worried about persisting effects of drought in
major production belts worldwide and importers continued to grab
Corn edged higher to hold near Thursday's 14-month high as
strong export demand and doubts over harvest prospects in
Ukraine and South America underpinned the market.
Soybeans were little changed after rallying to a four-year
peak in the previous session, as investors assessed improving
rainfall in Brazil that could boost the planting campaign.
The most active wheat futures on the Chicago Board of Trade
were up 0.9% at $6.28-1/2 a bushel by 1046 GMT.
The contract had fallen earlier to a one-week low as it
eased from Tuesday's near six-year high, before turning upwards
to trade back close to that peak.
"The weather remains a really important factor for wheat,"
Nathan Cordier of consultancy Agritel said.
"You've got a lot of rain in Australia, Argentina has
suffered from dryness and frost, conditions aren't good in U.S.
states like Kansas, while in Russia there is still a lot of
The Buenos Aires Grains Exchange on Thursday cut again its
forecast of the Argentine wheat harvest, citing the impact of
drought despite the recent return of rain.
Fellow southern hemisphere exporter Australia is set for a
rebound in production this year, but rain in the southeast has
raised concern about crop quality.
In Russia, virtually no rain was expected in the week ahead
in dry southern belts, although some forecasts projected showers
in early November.
Egypt is holding a tender on Friday, following purchases
this week by Algeria, Tunisia and Turkey.
CBOT soybeans inched up a quarter of a cent to $10.74
a bushel, after hitting on Thursday a more than four-year high
CBOT corn was up 0.4% at 4.17-3/4 a bushel, near
Thursday's peak of $4.19 that marked a highest since August
U.S. Department of Agriculture weekly export data on
Thursday confirmed strong demand for corn and soybeans,
including large sales to China.
Prices at 1046 GMT
Last Change Pct End Ytd Pct
Move 2019 Move
CBOT wheat 628.50 5.75 0.92 558.75 12.48
CBOT corn 417.75 1.50 0.36 387.75 7.74
CBOT soy 1074.00 0.25 0.02 955.50 12.40
Paris wheat December 210.25 1.25 0.60 188.75 11.39
Paris maize Nov 194.50 3.25 1.70 174.75 11.30
Paris rape Nov 393.25 -1.50 -0.38 391.50 0.45
WTI crude oil 40.86 0.22 0.54 61.06 -33.08
Euro/dlr 1.18 0.00 0.22 1.1210 5.64
Most active contracts - Wheat, corn and soy US cents/bushel, Paris
futures in euros per tonne
(Reporting by Gus Trompiz in Paris and Colin Packham in Sydney;
Editing by Amy Caren Daniel and Tomasz Janowski)
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