PRIDE OF THE WORLD: We can make Africa the pride of the world in terms of having a great deal of
inclusive growth, said the new president of the African Development Bank Akinwumi Adesina in his speech in Abidjan following his election at the AfDB annual meeting. (Sia Kambou, AFP)
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European shares have been little changed at the open, keeping within their recent range, as investors awaited developments in Greek debt talks.
Financial markets have yet to grasp the urgency of investing in measures to protect businesses and people from climate change, say experts.
China has launched an investigation into a top official who oversees the country's medical devices sector, the second healthcare official to be probed this week.
Asian markets have been mostly higher, with Japan's Nikkei up for an eleventh straight session as the yen sat near 12-year lows against the dollar.
Wall Street stocks have dipped, following leading eurozone equity markets lower on worries about a potential Greek exit from the currency bloc.
Oil prices have edged up following a mixed US report that showed a healthy decline in crude but a rise in oil output that could aggravate the global supply glut.
London's benchmark FTSE 100 index of top companies finished 0.11% higher compared with Wednesday's close to 7 040.92 points.
Redefine's 90 Grayston in Johannesburg has won the award for commercial office development at the Sapoa Innovative Excellence in Property Development Awards.