Asian stock markets started the week with gains on Monday but the mood was cautious due to ongoing geopolitical tensions. Trading volumes were light with Japan shut for a holiday.
Developments over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 continue to be in focus. The United Nations is considering a resolution to demand that armed groups in Ukraine allow international investigators access to the crash site. A vote may come as early as Monday.
Meanwhile, Sunday was one of the bloodiest days in the two-week Israeli offensive in Gaza. Despite heavy casualties, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that military operations could be expanded.
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