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Dollar index edges up, but poised for losing month

April 28, 2017 TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar edged up in Asian trading on Friday but was on track for a losing month against a basket of currencies, while the euro shed some of its monthly gains after the European Central Bank maintained its easing bias. The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, edged up 0.1 percent to 99.205, but down 0.8 percent for the week and 1.1 percent for April. The euro was down 0.1 percent at $1.0863, but up 1.3 percent…

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Asian stocks tick up, euro subdued as ECB maintains easing bias

April 28, 2017 By Nichola Saminather SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Asian stocks inched higher on Friday and looked set to close a strong week on a positive note, while the euro slipped after the European Central Bank showed no signs of paring its stimulus program. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.1 percent, putting it on pace to end the week up 1.9 percent, which would be its best week in six. Earlier in the week, it hit an almost two-year high. Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.1 percent…

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U.S. court rules 1964 civil rights law protects LGBT workers from bias

April 5, 2017 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court, for the first time ever, on Tuesday ruled that federal civil rights law protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees from discrimination in the workplace. The ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago represents a major legal victory for the gay rights movement. In its 8-3 decision, the court bucked decades of rulings that gay people are not protected by the milestone civil rights law, because they are not specifically mentioned in it. “For many years, the…

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