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Asian shares closed mostly higher Tuesday, tracking rallies on Wall Street and in Europe as easing geopolitical tensions lifted investor confidence. 

Tokyo gained 0.20%, or 30.79 points, to 15,161.31, extending its recovery from sharp falls last week fuelled by Washington's announcement that it had authorised air strikes in Iraq.Sydney jumped 1.34%, or 73.3 points, to 5,530.30, Seoul rose 0.10%, or 2.10 points, to 2,041.47 and Hong Kong gained 0.18%, or 43.39 points, to 24,689.41.But Shanghai slipped 0.14%, or 3.06 points, to 2,221.59 as investors locked in profits following recent gains.Bangkok was closed for a public holiday.US President Barack Obama, who reluctantly ordered the air strikes last week to beat back rampaging Islamic State extremists, welcomed the nomination of a new Iraqi prime minister on Monday to replace controversial leader Nuri al-Maliki.Mr Obama voiced hope that a new Iraqi leadership would forge an "inclusive government" and begin to ease the sectarian divisions that have fuelled the crisis.Investors were also tracking the crisis in conflict-torn Ukraine as concerns persisted over a possible Russian military incursion.Russia said on Monday it would send a humanitarian convoy to the east of the country, despite strong warnings from the West that Moscow should not act alone in case the operation is a cover for sending in troops.Russia insists its military would not be involved in the convoy, but Kiev said Moscow could only play a role as part of a broader Red Cross mission.US stocks finished higher on Monday as subsiding geopolitical tensions boosted market confidence.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.10% to 16,569.98, while the broad-based S&P 500 gained 0.28% to 1,936.92.On currency markets, the dollar rallied against the yen and euro after the unit fell in the wake of last week's announcement of US air strikes.The greenback was at 102.29 yen in afternoon trade compared...

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