The U.S. Senate, rushing to
meet a looming deadline, passed legislation on Thursday to fund
an array of domestic programs through Sept. 30 in a bid to
prevent government agency shutdowns when existing funds expire
at the end of this week.
The United States said on
Thursday it will restrict visas for Iranian officials for their
roles in repressing peaceful protests and imposed sanctions on
two Iranian judges as Washington ramped up its pressure on the
Spain's BBVA will book
an impairment charge of $1.5 billion in the United States in the
fourth quarter following a decline in interest rates and an
economic slowdown in the country, the bank said on Thursday.