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Equities markets across the world firmed Monday as investors lost their fear of higher US interest rates, focusing instead on signs of economic recovery. Trading volumes were, however, sharply curtailed by London and Wall Street closures due to bank holidays. This will comfort the European Central Bank in its unprecedented stimulus efforts, and allow the ECB to sit back at this week's monetary policy council meeting without doing more for now, analysts predicted.
On Sunday, a 13-year-old boy was bitten on the right leg in Neptune, Florida, east of Jacksonville, and a woman in Newport Beach, California, was bitten on her torso and arms, according to police and local media reports. "Even though we can't confirm it was a shark attack, we're treating it as a shark attack," Newport Beach Fire Department Lifeguard Battalion Chief Michael Halphide said of the California attack.
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Commission's president will visit Russia next month in what would be the most high-profile EU official to go to Russia since it annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.