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China's benchmark interbank gold prices mixed Monday******
BEIJING, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- China's benchmark prices for spot interbank gold transactions were mixed Monday, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trade System.。
The benchmark price for gold of 99.95 percent pure or above stood at 381.88 yuan (59.77 U.S. dollars) per gram, unchanged from the previous trading day, and that for gold of 99.99 percent pure or above went down 0.05 yuan to 382.15 yuan per gram.。
Spot transaction prices on the interbank price inquiry market are allowed to rise or fall within 15 percent from the benchmark prices each trading day.。
The interbank gold price inquiry business was introduced in 2012 to enhance market liquidity and enrich trading models. Enditem。
Taliban criticizes US president's decision splitting Afghan assets******
A Taliban political spokesman has criticized US President Joe Biden's decision on splitting the frozen Afghan assets in the United States.
Mohammad Naeem, spokesman of the Taliban political office in Qatar, tweeted on Friday that "stealing the blocked funds of Afghan nation by the United States and its seizure is indicative of the lowest level of human and moral decay of a country and a nation."
On Friday, US President Biden signed an executive order to free US$7 billion out of more than US$9 billion frozen Afghan assets, splitting the money between humanitarian aid for cash-strapped Afghanistan and a fund for 9/11 victims.
"Failure and victory in human history and life is a normal practice. But the biggest and most shameful defeat is the military and moral defeat," Naeem added.
The Afghan economy following the Taliban's takeover in mid-August last year has suffered after the US freezing of assets belonging to the Afghan central bank, as well as a halt in funds by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Messi searching for 'rhythm' to finish year on high******
SAN JUAN, Argentina, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi said Tuesday he is still working to regain peak physical fitness after overcoming knee and hamstring injuries.。
Messi admitted he was lacking sharpness in Argentina's goalless home draw with Brazil in a World Cup qualifier here on Tuesday, his first full 90 minutes since October 24.。
"I haven't played in a long time. It was a very intense game and I still need to get rhythm," the 34-year-old told reporters after the match.。
Messi played in an uncustomary midfield role as Argentina sought to dictate terms against Brazil. The tactic worked as the hosts controlled almost 60% of possession.。
But Lionel Scaloni's men rarely troubled Brazil goalkeeper Alisson and it was the visitors who looked the more likely to score, with Vinicius Junior, Fred and Matheus Cunha all threatening Emiliano Martinez's goal.。
Messi had just one attempt on target: a late effort from outside the penalty area that was comfortably saved by Alisson.。
"I'm fine, but physically obviously not in the best condition," he said. I've been out for a long time and it's not easy to play a game with such high intensity. But luckily I'm fine and I hope to finish the year well."
On Friday, Messi made a 14-minute cameo appearance off the bench in Argentina's 1-0 win over Uruguay in Montevideo.。
The former Barcelona star said the Albiceleste were not unhappy with the result against five-time World Cup champions Brazil despite having set out to win.。
"We went into the match thinking that we could win," he said. "We tried to play our best football but it wasn't easy. It was a tight match with a lot of friction. We weren't able to win but the important thing is that we didn't lose. We played well and continue to improve." Enditem。