South Sudan among world's toughest business environments; more than 25 banks now operate in nation founded in 2011.
Shinzo Abe's cabinet approved deal to pull economy out of deflation, but doubts remain about impact.
Bank of America and Citigroup among those that failed to fully comply with a government settlement to correct mortgage servicing abuses.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to bring civil mortgage fraud cases against several financial institutions early in 2014.
Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and Citigroup among financial institutions receiving record penalty.
Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, RBS, JPMorgan, Barclays and Societe Generale all said facing penalties.
Rule would ban banks from making bets with proprietary funds.
New impairment rule to start in 2017, nine years after crisis that led G20 to call for it; U.S. will have own.
Claims arose from residential mortgages sold to government-backed housing agency through 2009.
State will transform deferred tax assets into tax credits; measure will bolster capital ahead of E.U. stress tests.
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