A three-member Taliban team
arrived in Kabul on Tuesday to begin a prisoner exchange process
pivotal to kick-starting talks between the insurgent group and
negotiators named by the Afghan government to end the country's
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart
Tokayev ordered the government on Tuesday to increase state
pensions and welfare payouts by 10%, provide more tax breaks for
small businesses and boost spending on subsidies.
A U.N. human rights expert
called on Tuesday for lifting international sanctions against
countries ranging from Iran to North Korea and Venezuela to
ensure that food supplies reach hungry populations during the
Divesting from the fossil fuel
industry is not a productive solution to climate concerns and
collapsing energy prices, according to Bank of Montreal
, which is working with oil and gas clients on a
case-by-case basis, its chief executive said on Tuesday.
The five banks that clear gold
trades in the London market are considering expanding their
network of storage locations to other countries if it becomes
impossible to fly enough gold in and out of London, said two
sources involved in the discussions.
Switzerland's bank watchdog on
Tuesday toughened its line against banks paying dividends,
saying that capital relief to promote lending during the
coronavirus crisis would be cut for any new dividend payments
approved after March 25.