Russian stock markets fell on Monday as investors expressed alarm at the escalating crisis in Ukraine following the Malaysian plane disaster and the prospects of tougher sanctions doing more damage to the Russian economy. Moscow's ruble-denominated Micex stock exchange was down 1.27 percent in late morning trading, while the dollar-denominated RTS was down 1.32 percent. The ruble also fell against the dollar and the euro, with the dollar worth 35.12 rubles and the euro 47.50 rubles. The ruble had plunged on Friday in response to the air disaster and new US sanctions against Russia.
Nigerian conglomerate Transcorp increased half-year pretax profit by 122 percent rise to 8.01 billion naira ($49.4 million), it said in a filing with the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Monday. Transcorp, which on Saturday announced plans to expand its hotel business in Nigeria to tap a growing market for business travellers to Africa's biggest economy, also reported turnover of 21.21 billion naira in the first half of the year, against 7.67 billion naira in the same period last year.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to meet the head of Venezuela's National Assembly Monday and sign agreements that will tie his energy-hungry country to the South American oil-rich state. Xi's meeting with Diosdado Cabello comes on the last day of his two-day visit, and after he and President Nicolas Maduro agreed to increase ties between their countries to the level of "comprehensive strategic partnership". Maduro in turn praised China at the event as the "most important emerging economic power in the 21st century." China is the second-largest market for Venezuelan oil after the United States, with an average daily volume of 640,000 barrels -- in part to pay off Venezuela's $17 billion debt with Beijing. Bilateral trade between China and Venezuela has been steadily rising, exceeding $20 billion in 2012.
By Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major global stock markets fell and bond prices rallied on Monday as worries over conflict in the Gaza Strip and Ukraine raised uncertainty for investors and kept them away from riskier assets. The safe-haven yen also inched up and gold prices rose above $1,300 an ounce as the market focused on increased turmoil in the Middle East and tensions following last week's downing of a Malaysian jetliner over Ukraine. Israeli jets, tanks and artillery continued to pound Gaza as the death toll from a two-week conflict topped 500. ...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of previously owned homes rose for a third straight month in June, pushing activity to the highest level in eight months and providing evidence that housing is regaining lost momentum.
The remains of some of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as a senior Ukrainian separatist leader handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts.
European Union governments are discussing the possibility of imposing capital restrictions on Russia and sanctions in defence and energy technology if Moscow does not cooperate in the probe into a plane crash in Ukraine, diplomats said on Tuesday. Under proposals being discussed by EU foreign ministers in Brussels, the EU would draw up a package for sanctions in these areas that the 28-nation would act on if Russia did not cooperate over the crash of the Malaysian Airlines plane, which killed nearly 300 people.
By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - South Sudanese rebels who want to mend ties with Uganda and press for the withdrawal of Ugandan troops from South Sudan left Kampala without meeting the president, blaming miscommunication between the two sides, a rebel official said on Tuesday. Ugandan Junior Foreign Minister Okello Oryem said a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni was scheduled for Tuesday. The rebel camp has been angered by Uganda's deployment of troops to South Sudan in support of the government of President Salva Kiir against insurgent forces led by his sacked deputy Riek Machar. Western powers and some regional states have said Uganda's presence complicates peace talks, which have rumbled on for months with little progress.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday threw out an IRS regulation that implements key Obamacare health insurance subsidies, returning the case to a lower court with instructions to rule in favor of appellants who had sued to overturn the rule. (Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Bill Trott)
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli soldier is missing following a deadly battle in the Gaza Strip, a defense official said Tuesday, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area and diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two week war that has killed more than 600 Palestinians and 29 Israelis.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, won the country's presidential election with 53 percent of the vote, officials said Tuesday.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Hamas on Tuesday to seek peace negotiations with Israel in Gaza based on an Egyptian truce proposal that the Islamist militant group has rejected. After meeting President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt, a country which has mediated in the Arab-Israeli conflict in the past, Kerry said he had held constructive talks in a bid to end the conflict in Gaza which has killed more than 600 people. "Hamas has a fundamental choice to make and it is a choice that will have a profound impact for the people of Gaza," Kerry said at a news conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukri. "The Egyptians have provided a framework and a forum for them to be able to come to the table to have a serious discussion together with other factions of the Palestinians." Hamas has said the Egyptian plan ignores its demands for the release of prisoners and a more comprehensive lifting of an economic blockade on the Gaza Strip.
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) on Tuesday appointed Dunga as coach, replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari, whose contract was not renewed after the hosts' World Cup semi-final thrashing by Germany. The 50-year-old Dunga, Brazil's 1994 World-Cup winning skipper, takes the reins for a second time having led the Selecao at the 2010 tournament. "I am immensely happy - thank you for your confidence in me," said Dunga, who in his playing days was a tough-tackling midfielder with Serie A side Fiorentina and Germany's Stuttgart, and who also had a spell in Japan with Jubilo Iwata.