Asian markets sink after US launches Syria strikes

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A woman looks at a share prices board in Tokyo, as the benchmark stock index, the first major market to open after Greeks voted to reject austerity measures demanded by the cash-strapped nation's creditors, dropped 1.65%. (Yoshikazu Tsuno)
A woman looks at a share prices board in Tokyo, as the benchmark stock index, the first major market to open after Greeks voted to reject austerity measures demanded by the cash-strapped nation's creditors, dropped 1.65%. (Yoshikazu Tsuno)

Hong Kong - Asian stocks fell while safe havens rallied on Friday after the US launched missile strikes on Syria, fanning geopolitical concerns and raising the prospect of frictions with Russia.

Eyes are also on Florida as Chinese President Xi Jinping and Donald Trump kicked off a two-day meeting after the US tycoon's accusations that Beijing was killing US jobs and manipulating its currency to give it a trade advantage.

Trump ordered a huge assault on the Shayrat Airfield in Syria in retaliation for a chemical attack with a sarin-like nerve agent that Washington blamed on President Bashar al-Assad.

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USD/ZAR
13.97
-0.5%
GBP/ZAR
19.77
-0.3%
EUR/ZAR
17.00
-0.2%
AUD/ZAR
10.96
-0.3%
JPY/ZAR
0.13
-0.4%
Gold
1,841.10
+0.3%
Silver
27.50
+0.7%
Palladium
2,977.00
+0.5%
Platinum
1,251.00
+0.0%
Brent Crude
68.32
+0.1%
Top 40
61,655
-1.2%
All Share
67,631
-1.1%
Resource 10
70,979
-1.6%
Industrial 25
84,698
-1.1%
Financial 15
12,720
-0.2%
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