TSX falls Wall Street mixed as crude and commodities continue slump

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market pulled back at the close amid lower commodity prices and words of caution on the global economic recovery from the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 96.93 points to 12,185.72, its fourth consecutive losing session. The Canadian dollar was off 0.28 of a U.S. cent at 71.77 cents US.Oil continued its downward trajectory, with the March contract losing another 49 cents to settle at US$27.45 a barrel. The last time the price of benchmark crude hovered around these levels was more than a decade ago when it slumped to US$26.96 a barrel in September 2003.Canadian markets bracing for ‘dramatic’ Bank of Canada action — and recessionGoldman Sachs abandons five of six top trading calls for 2016 as turmoil hits marketsOther commodities were also negative, with March natural gas shedding five cents to US$2.05 per mmBtu, while April gold fell $4 to US$1,194.60 a troy ounce. March copper dipped a penny to US$2.02 a pound.New York indexes were mixed after Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen said the U.S. central bank still plans to gradually raise interest rates, but will keep an eye on global economic conditions in doing so.The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 99.64 points to 15,914.74, while the broader S&P 500 lost 0.35 of a point to 1,851.86. The Nasdaq composite gained 14.83 points to 4,283.59. read more

Indonesian major general appointed force commander of UN Western Sahara Mission

“Major General Mulyono brings to his new position a vast national and international military experience, including command and staff experience,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.Mr. Mulyono is currently Special Assistant to the Army Chief of Staff in charge of Peacekeeping Operations and previously served as Senior Staff Officer for Training and Exercises and Commander of the Indonesian Defence Forces Peacekeeping Centre.He joined the Indonesian army in 1984, commanding an infantry company and an infantry battalion before becoming an Associate Professor at the Army Command General and Staff College.Mr. Mulyono will succeed Major General Abdul Hafiz of Bangladesh, whose tour of duty ended on 23 July. “The Secretary-General is grateful to Major General Hafiz for his exemplary service and contribution to the work of MINURSO since July 2011,” the statement read.Established in 1991, MINURSO is tasked with monitoring the ceasefire in Western Sahara and organizing a referendum on self-determination for the people of the territory.The UN has been involved in efforts to find a settlement in Western Sahara since 1976, when fighting broke out between Morocco and the Frente Polisario after the Spanish colonial administration of the territory ended. read more