AFP World Economic News Summary

The top world economic stories on Friday:


TOKYO: The grounded Dreamliner is "absolutely" safe and will be back in the air within weeks, planemaker Boeing said in Japan, as it sought to reassure airlines and passengers about its aircraft.


ISTANBUL: Turkey's national carrier Turkish Airlines said it would buy up to 117 planes from the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, with deliveries scheduled between 2015 and 2020.


BRUSSELS: Eurozone finance ministers try to thrash out the details of a relatively small but important bailout for Cyprus, the fifth member state to need help in the face of a debilitating debt crisis.


BRUSSELS: Inflation in the 17-nation eurozone fell sharply in February to 1.8 percent, putting it below the European Central Bank's target rate for the first time in more than two years, official data showed.


LISBON: Recession-plagued Portugal won an extra year from its creditors to reduce its public deficit in line with EU regulations, but faces record unemployment and mounting social discontent.


TOKYO: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Japan wants to take part in talks aimed at forging a huge free trade agreement that could involve 40 percent of the world's economy.


MANILA: Macau mogul Lawrence Ho's gaming firm signed an agreement to invest $600 million in a giant casino project in Manila, boosting the Philippines' bid to join the world's gambling big leagues.


SEOUL: Shares in Samsung Electronics fell in Seoul, hours after the launch of the company's latest flagship smartphone in New York City.