Bid to lift Guatemala president's immunity advances in Congress

GUATEMALA CITY, Aug 29 - A Guatemalan congressional committee on Saturday recommended that President Otto Perez be stripped of immunity from prosecution over his suspected involvement in a customs racket, paving the way for a full vote in Congress in the coming days.

8:37pm EDT

Brazil's Levy: new tax needed to avoid becoming next Greece

CAMPOS DO JORDÃO, Brazil, Aug 29 - Finance Minister Joaquim said on Saturday he now favors reviving an old tax on financial transactions to cope with Brazil's fiscal crunch in a slumping economy, and warned that without new taxation the country could face a crisis like Greece's.

5:36pm EDT

UK financial watchdog investigating annuity sales - Telegraph

LONDON, Aug 29 - The Financial Conduct Authority has begun an analysis of annuity sales by all Britain's major insurers since 2008, which could lead to compensation for pensioners found to have been sold inappropriate products, the Telegraph newspaper said.

2:05pm EDT

Buffett's Berkshire takes $4.48 billion stake in Phillips 66

Aug 29 - Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc disclosed a $4.48 billion stake in oil refiner Phillips 66, rebuilding a bet it had made in the energy industry before oil prices fell.

Turkish central bank hikes reserve ratio for short-term FX borrowing

ISTANBUL, Aug 29 - Turkey's central bank on Saturday raised the reserve ratio on lenders' short-term hard currency borrowings to encourage the banks to borrow longer-term and bring more stability to a domestic currency market that has been subject to big swings.

5:35am EDT
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