The pound advanced for a second week versus the dollar after the U.K. jobless rate unexpectedly fell below 7 percent, the threshold the Bank of England has set to start considering raising interest rates.
Russian shares climbed the most in more than three weeks and Asian stocks advanced after talks in Geneva produced an accord aimed at easing the conflict in Ukraine. Rubber slid to the lowest since 2009.
The Federal Reserve Board of Governors met to consider bank enforcement actions for the first time since November 2010, after Chair Janet Yellen pledged to Senator Elizabeth Warren in February to step up the board’s involvement in bank supervisory and regulatory matters.
Bangkok’s Democracy Monument was erected to commemorate the 1932 coup that ended Thailand’s seven-century reign of kings, and became a rallying point last year for protesters seeking to oust the government. Now, the landmark’s builder is going abroad for the first time in its 84- year history as political instability saps demand at home.