What's Next: November 09, 2015

US President Barack Obama (right) delivers a statement on the Keystone XL pipeline.
US President Barack Obama (right) delivers a statement on the Keystone XL pipeline. PHOTO: EPA

Obama, Netanyahu to meet

US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet today in Washington, in their first meeting since the Iran nuclear deal between major world powers, to which Mr Netanyahu had voiced vociferous opposition. The two leaders will be looking to discuss a massive 10-year defence deal and put their testy personal relationship behind them. Mr Netanyahu's trip to Washington in March to address Congress had riled the White House.

Results of Acres probe out today

Animal welfare group Acres will today release results of the latest undercover investigation it conducted at pet shops and pet farms. The probe, carried out last month and earlier this month, was a follow-up to the one done from March to May this year. In that earlier probe, Acres, which stands for Animal Concerns Research and Education Society, discovered poor animal welfare standards at a significant percentage of pet shops and farms checked.

More signs of China slowdown

Investors this week will be weighing up another weak set of export data from China, the world's second-biggest economy, released yesterday. The 6.9 per cent fall in exports last month is the latest sign of a slowdown on the mainland. Investors will also be mulling over the increased likelihood that the US Federal Reserve will next month finally raise interest rates from rock-bottom levels, for the first time in nearly a decade.

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