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YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi picked former U.N. chief Kofi Annan on Wednesday to lead a commission to stop human rights abuses in Rakhine State, where violence between Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims has cast a pall over democratic reforms.
Aug 24 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 18-20 points lower on Wednesday, or 0.3 percent lower, according to financial bookmakers. * The UK blue chip index closed up 0.6 percent at 6,868.51 points on Tuesday, helped by a rise in housebuilders after strong results from Persimmon suggested that the sector was coping with the uncertainty from Britain's vote to leave the European Union. * SABMILLER: Aberdeen Asset Management said on Tuesday it was pleased a court ha
By Krishna V Kurup Aug 24 (Reuters) - Philippine stocks fell nearly 1 percent to a 3-week low on Wednesday, led by JG Summit Holdings Inc and Universal Robina Corp, while most other Southeast Asian markets were tepid in line with broader Asian shares. Global sentiment was hit by falling oil prices on an unexpected buildup in U.S. crude stocks and fears over China demand, while investors focused on a speech by Fed Chair Janet Yellen whether she would adopt a more hawkish tone in her spee
WARSAW, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Eastern Europe's biggest insurer PZU plans to increase its banking arm's contribution to its net profit to 450 million zlotys ($117.98 million) in 2020, the company said on Wednesday in its new strategy.
HONG KONG, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Asian stocks edged lower on Wednesday as strong U.S housing data overnight increased the chances of an interest rate increase in coming months, prompting some investors...
AMSTERDAM, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Newly-listed Dutch insurer ASR on Wednesday posted an operating result of 292 million euros ($330 million) for the first half of 2016, up 4.3 from a year earlier and ahead of analyst expectations.
WARSAW, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Poland's PZU, the biggest insurer in central and eastern Europe, posted a larger-than-expected 56-percent decline in its second-quarter net profit on the back of falling investment income.
BEIJING, Aug 24 (Reuters) - China's top economic planner is set to audit 1.8 trillion yuan ($270 billion) in special construction funds that were part of a massive programme introduced last year to help stabilise the economy, 21th century business herald said.
WARSAW, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Poland is not conducting any negotiations with Italy's biggest bank UniCredit regarding acquisition of its Polish unit, and any potential deal must be done on market terms, Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.
ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish special forces units and jets supported by warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition launched an operation in northern Syria to wipe out Islamic State militants along the Turkey-Syria border, Turkish officials said.
BEIJING, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Jiangxi Copper Co Ltd said on Wednesday it has set up a Cayman Islands-based fund that will buy mining projects as the Chinese state-owned copper producer sets its eyes on potential bargains as the commodities cycle bottoms.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings Ltd and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd are racing to be crowned Asia's most valuable company as expectations for robust earnings growth push their share prices to record highs.
WARSAW, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Poland is not conducting any negotiations with Italy's biggest bank UniCredit regarding potential buy of its Polish unit, and any potential deal must be done on market terms, Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan, China and South Korea agreed to urge North Korea to refrain from provocation and follow U.N. Security Council resolutions, after the country's latest missile launch towards Japan early on Wednesday.
OSLO (Reuters) - Investors managing more than $13 trillion of assets urged leaders of the Group of 20 on Wednesday to ratify a global climate deal by the end of 2016 and to step up efforts to shift from fossil fuels.
HANOI, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Actual foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into Vietnam reached an estimated $9.8 billion in the first eight months of this year, up 8.9 percent from a year ago, the Planning and Investment Ministry said.
(The following statement was released by the rating agency) HONG KONG, August 23 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings has assigned Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd.'s (Xinyuan: B/Stable) proposed US dollar senior notes a 'B(EXP)' expected rating and Recovery Rating of 'RR4'. The notes are rated at the same level as Xinyuan's senior unsecured rating because they constitute direct and senior unsecured obligations of the company. The final rating is subject to the receipt of final documentation conforming to inf
ROME (Reuters) - A strong earthquake struck central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, causing buildings to collapse "with reports of victims" and sending panicked residents fleeing into the streets of numerous towns and cities.
SEOUL (Reuters) - Better-than-expected demand for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's new Galaxy Note 7 is causing supply constraints globally, the South Korean tech giant said on Wednesday, suggesting strong initial sales for the new premium smartphone.
SYDNEY, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Australia is finally enjoying a long-awaited recovery in government investment as spending on public works expanded at a double-digit pace last quarter to hit the highest in more than two years.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish special forces units supported by warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition launched an operation in northern Syria to wipe out Islamic State militants along the Turkey-Syria border, a Turkish government press office said on Wednesday.
ROME, Aug 24 (Reuters) - The central Italian town of Amatrice was badly damaged by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake that struck early on Wednesday, with people trapped under the rubble, the town's mayor said.
SAO PAULO, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Mexico's peso deepened losses on Tuesday after Standard & Poor's cut the country's sovereign credit outlook to negative, while other Latin American currencies weakened following strong U.S. housing data ahead of Fed Chair Janet Yellen's speech Friday.
BOGOTA/HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombia's government and Marxist FARC rebels will announce on Wednesday that they have reached a final peace agreement, three officials connected with the government negotiating team said.
SYDNEY, Aug 24 (Reuters) - The French shipbuilder which earlier this year won a A$50 billion ($38.06 billion) contract to build Australia's next generation of submarines has suffered a massive data leak, raising doubts about the security of one of the world's biggest defence projects.
HONG KONG, Aug 24 (Reuters) - China's yuan bounced back to be the fifth most-active currency for global payments in July, thanks to a big fall in payments in other currencies, global transaction service provider SWIFT said on Wednesday.
TOKYO, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Japan will begin training soldiers to conduct rescue and military escort missions during UN peacekeeping operations, the government said, potentially embroiling its troops in overseas military actions for the first time since World War Two.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has showed off its first images of a rover it plans to sent to Mars in mid-2020, which is designed to explore the planet surface for three months, state media said, the latest aim of China's ambitious space program.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - The French shipbuilder which earlier this year won a A$50 billion ($38.06 billion) contract to build Australiaâ€™s next generation of submarines has suffered a massive data leak, raising doubts about the security of one of the worldâ€™s biggest defense projects.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - A British woman was stabbed to death on Wednesday at a backpackers' hostel in Australia and two people were injured, one seriously, in what police say may have been an "extremist" attack.
SHANGHAI, Aug 24 (Reuters) - China will not open its treasury futures market to commercial banks in the near future due to concerns about a possible jump in volatility as the number of bond defaults grows, the banking regulator said.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will begin training soldiers to conduct rescue and military escort missions during UN peacekeeping operations, potentially embroiling its troops in overseas military actions for the first time since World War Two.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices fell early on Wednesday as an unexpected build in U.S. crude stocks weighed on markets, along with concerns that Chinese crude demand could falter as Beijing clamps down on alleged tax evasion in the oil industry.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held out the possibility on Tuesday of a softening of his hardline position on illegal immigration, a move that could help move him to the political center but hurt him with his most ardent supporters.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala will launch a new force aimed at combating criminal gangs and drug traffickers next month, presidents of the three Central American nations agreed on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON, Aug 23 (Reuters) - The New York Times said on Tuesday its Moscow bureau was targeted by a cyber attack this month but that there was no evidence the hackers, believed to be Russian, were successful.
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Asian stocks consolidated a recent run of gains on Wednesday, helped by Wall Street's rise overnight, even as oil prices slid on trade data showing a surprise build-up in U.S. crude stocks.
TOKYO, Aug 24 (Reuters) - The dollar edged up on Wednesday, moving off lows touched against the yen overnight, as markets looked to a gathering of global central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for...
SYDNEY, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Murray Goulburn, Australia's largest dairy processor, said on Wednesday its annual net profit jumped more than 60 percent, but warned it will face significant headwinds next season from an oversupplied milk market.
HONG KONG, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Asian stocks consolidated a recent run of gains on Wednesday, helped by Wall Street's rise overnight, even as oil prices slid on trade data showing a surprise build-up in U.S. crude stocks.
MEXICO CITY, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Ratings agency Moody's on Tuesday lowered its outlook for Mexico's banking sector to negative for the first time in six years, citing slower economic growth and exposure to cash-strapped state oil company Pemex.
Aug 23 (Reuters) - Performance Sports Group Ltd, the maker of Bauer Hockey gear and Easton Sports baseball bats, has turned to an investment bank for advice on how to cope with its debt pile, according to people familiar with the matter.
BANGKOK (Reuters) - One Thai person was killed and 30 wounded when two bombs exploded late on Tuesday near a hotel in the southern Thai coastal town of Pattani, police said, less than two weeks after a series of unexplained blasts hit the south.
ATLANTA (Reuters) - The mother of the only giant panda twins in the United States may soon deliver a second set of twins, Zoo Atlanta said on Tuesday, capping off an eventful month for lovers of the fluffy black and white bears across the globe.