MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin has scrapped New Year's holidays for government ministers because of the unfolding economic crisis.
Saudi authorities pledged to curb wages and push ahead with investments next year as the world's largest oil exporter seeks to counter the effect of tumbling crude prices on the economy.
A pedestrian walks past a Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. branch in Tokyo, Japan in May. On Thursday, SMBC said it would purchase Citigroup Inc.'s Japanese retail operations.
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The ship is too big to squeeze through the Panama Canal, and will instead make a five-month journey around the tip of South America.