Russian authorities on Thursday
froze a slew of bank accounts linked to jailed opposition
politician Alexei Navalny as part of a money laundering
investigation, Kira Yarmysh, his spokeswoman, and Russian
Sri Lankan shares edged lower on
Thursday, hovering near a two-week closing low hit early in the
week, as investors sold banking and telecom stocks.
** The rupee ended slightly stronger as exporter dollar sales
surpassed importer greenback demand.
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister
James Marape announced on Thursday a full investigation into a
A$1.2 billion loan from Swiss bank UBS in 2014 that
funded a government purchase of a key stake in energy firm Oil
Mortgage lenders' claims for home
repossession in England and Wales rose to the highest since late
2014 during the three months to June, according to official data
that add to concern about households' finances.
MTN Group Ltd has
raised 2.1 billion rand ($140.24 million) from asset sales as
part of a divestment plan announced in March, Africa's largest
mobile network by subscribers said on Thursday after reporting a
9.3% drop in earnings.
Conglomerate Swire Pacific
became the latest major Hong Kong company to voice
concern about the impact of protests in the city on business
activity, saying they are having direct and indirect impact on
demand on a number of its businesses.
The ability of China's capital
markets to withstand external shocks, including those generated
by the United States, is improving, a senior securities
regulator was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News
Agency on Thursday.