Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan (BOJ), leaves a news conference at the central bank’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday. The BOJ refrained from boosting stimulus even after the economy shrank last quarter, betting that a resumption in growth will be enough to rekindle inflation
A pensioner wait to receive part of his pension at a National Bank branch in Athens, Greece on Monday
A pensioner arrives at a National Bank branch to receive part of her pension at the city of Thessaloniki, Greece on Friday
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Pensioners line up outside a National Bank branch in Athens, Greece. Bank branches around Greece are open today to allow pensioners to receive a small part of their benefits.
Pensioners wait outside the National Bank of Greece to get their monthly pensions on Wednesday. Greece has been trying to negotiate a deal that would unlock €7.2bn ($7.8bn) in remaining EU-International Monetary Fund bailout money that the debt-ridden Mediterranean country needs to avoid default and a possible exit from the euro
Pro-Russia separatists stand guard outside a local branch of the National Bank of Ukraine after seizing the building in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine on Monday
A child plays on a swing beneath a poster of a policeman in Busan, South Korea
Office workers pass an Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation building in the central business district of Singapore. Singapore OCBC’s bid to take over Hong Kong’s Wing Hang Bank in a deal estimated at $5.3bn has raised concerns it may be paying too much for a mid-sized bank and will be tapping shareholders to fund the acquisition
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Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, delivers his address to business leaders on Wednesday in Nottingham, England. Mr Carney’s first policy speech as Bank of England governor is his chance to address investor doubts that he can keep interest rates on hold at a record low until at least late 2016. During his speech, Mr Carney said officials were ready to add stimulus if investor expectations for higher interest rates rose too far and undermined the recovery.
Andean women line up to enter a bank in Celendin, Cajamarca in northern Peru.
Turkish riot police rest in front of a damaged bank at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday. Turkish police took up posts around Taksim Square, a day after continuous clashes in which police tried to clear the central plaza of anti-government protesters. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was to meet later with a group of public figures and artists to discuss two weeks of protests against his government.
A Palestinian protester throws back a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during clashes near the West Bank village of Deir Jarir on Friday
A demonstrator protests against market speculation on food commodities outside the Barclays Bank Annual General Meeting at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Thursday. Barclays promised a rigorous review of executive pay and a co-operative relationship with regulators as it tries to dispel a reputation for reckless risk-taking and unethical behaviour that caused a series of scandals. The British bank said on Wednesday it would reform its standards and culture, from improving coordination within its executive team to forcing all staff to attend a course on the company’s new values.
A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw a stone during clashes with Israeli soldiers. Mussa Qawasma/Reuters
Unrest in the West bank city escalated following the funeral of Maysara Abu Hamdeya. The 64-year-old prisoner serving a life term in an Israeli jail and suffering from cancer, died on Tuesday.