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US-China trade deal expectations boost Asian stocks

Woman in front of Asian stock market boards.

Asian stocks markets got a boost today on expectations that the US and China will sign a 'phase 1' trade deal on Wednesday.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 closed 0.47% higher, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong was up by 1%, and China's Shanghai Composite added 0.75%.

This family was lost to the Iranian air disaster
Pedram Mousavi, Mojgan Daneshmand, and their two daughters were all passengers on flight PS752.

Do sports fans want political advertising during the Super Bowl?

Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg have bought spots during the most watched US programme
Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg have bought airtime for commercials to support their campaigns to become the next President of the United States.

A 30 second slot during the Super Bowl, the final of America's football competition, costs about $5 million and while brands like Budweiser and Coca Cola will be familiar to viewers, political advertising is rare during the most watched programme on US television.

As Travis Ridout, co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project, at Washington State University, tells the BBC's Russell Padmore.

(Picture: Super Bowl 2019. Copyright Barry Chin/The Boston Globe.)