India inflation notches up to 5.7% in January
India's consumer price inflation quickened slightly to 5.7 percent in January, official data showed Friday, presenting a potential headache for Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the national budget due later this month.
Georgia eyes tax reform to stimulate battered economy
The Georgian government approved Friday a plan to ease the tax burden on businesses in a move aimed at promoting growth in the ex-Soviet country hit by economic turmoil in Russia and Azerbaijan.
Mladic's right-hand man died in jail of natural causes
A Bosnian Serb general jailed for life for committing genocide during the Balkans wars died of natural cases in a UN detention centre, court officials said Friday after an autopsy.
Pakistan TV channel warned over anti-Malala hate speech
Pakistan's TV regulator on Friday censured a leading news channel for airing "hate speech" against Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and her family, warning that accusations of blasphemy could endanger lives.
Dutch 'serial' rapist gets maximum 16 years jail term
A Dutch man found guilty of committing four rapes and suspected of a raft of others some two decades ago was sentenced to 16 years in jail on Friday.
UAE to deploy special forces, jets in anti-IS campaign
The United Arab Emirates wants to deploy commandos to help train forces fighting Islamic State jihadists and will resume its contribution to the US-led air campaign, Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Friday.
Greek farmers clash with police during mass protest in Athens
Greek farmers clashed with police who fired teargas Friday ahead of a mass demonstration in Athens to protest pension reforms demanded by the EU and the International Monetary Fund.
Britain's Independent daily drops print edition
The Independent will publish its final print edition next month and become digital only, its owners said on Friday, in the latest shake-up for British newspapers hit by falling advertising revenues.
What would Thatcher do? Iron Lady EU debate divides Tories
Would the late Margaret Thatcher have voted for or against Britain's EU membership? The Iron Lady is pitting Conservatives against each other from beyond the grave ahead of a referendum expected this year.
Syria opposition says rebels must decide on ceasefire
A key Syrian opposition body said Friday that a proposed pause in fighting in the country would have to be examined and decided upon by rebel forces on the ground.
Merkel's liberal refugee policy 'unsustainable in long-term': French PM
Germany's liberal refugee policy which ushered in 1.1 million asylum-seekers last year is not sustainable, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned Friday, as Chancellor Angela Merkel said a group of EU countries may take more in.
L'Oreal wants Google executive on its board to boost web sales
L'Oreal, the world's biggest cosmetics company, said Friday it wants a leading Google executive to join its board to help the company boost online sales.
Oil prices soar on report that UAE offers talks on output cuts
Oil prices soared Friday, with US crude rebounding from a 2003 low, on reports that OPEC was willing to organize output cuts that could ease the global oversupply.
Egypt warned friendship on the line as Italy buries slain student
As Italy prepared to bury Giulio Regeni on Friday, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi warned Egypt its friendship was on the line over the probe into the student's unexplained death in Cairo.
Powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia
A powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia late Friday, but no tsunami warning was immediately issued, US seismologists said.
Large-scale trials for Zika vaccines at least 18 months away
Large-scale trials for Zika virus vaccines are at least 18 months away, while establishing a possible link between the virus and two more harmful conditions will likely only take weeks, the World Health Organization said Friday.
France warns Britain on eurozone veto
France warned Britain on Friday it could not expect to win veto powers over closer integration of the eurozone single currency area in talks on its own future in the EU.
Plans to move up to 1,000 from French migrant camp
Local French government authorities said Friday they want to move up to 1,000 migrants living in the notorious "Jungle" camp in the port town of Calais.
Israel denies dropping controversial Brazil envoy pick
Israel on Friday denied claims it was set to withdraw its controversial nomination of a former settlement leader as ambassador to Brazil after a six-month standoff between the two governments.
Ex-premier Yingluck takes Thai politics to the garden
Barred from discussing politics by the Thai junta, ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra opened up her Bangkok home on Friday to talk about her new passion: vegetables.
Tanzanians jailed after British wildlife pilot murder
Four Tanzanians facing trial for the murder of a British conservationist whose helicopter was shot down have been jailed for 20 years for possessing firearms, lawyers said Friday.
EU 'gives Greece three months' to strengthen border against migrants
EU member states on Friday gave Greece a three-month ultimatum to remedy "deficiencies" in controlling the influx of migrants or face border controls with the rest of the Schengen passport-free zone, EU sources said.
Crimean Tatars outraged as Russia charges four with 'terrorism'
Crimean Tatars, a minority Muslim group opposed to Russian annexation, on Friday condemned a new wave of repressions as Russian security forces raided homes and charged four with terrorist offences.
Europe's comet-chasing Rosetta mission
A timeline of Europe's Rosetta mission, which marked the end of a chapter Friday when ground controllers said they would stop trying to contact robot lab Philae on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Goa threatens to list India's treasured peacocks as vermin
India's popular tourist state of Goa has ruffled a few feathers with its proposal to reclassify the national bird the peacock as vermin, making them easier to cull, reports said Friday.
Turkey says 100,000 refugees in border camps inside Syria
Some 100,000 Syrian refugees are being looked after in camps inside Syria close to the Turkish border, including 35,000 who this month fled a Russian-backed regime offensive in northern Aleppo province, a top Turkish official said Friday.
South Sudan's leaders: Kiir and Machar
After more than two years locked in combat, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has appointed his arch-rival Riek Machar as vice-president, the post he held from 2005-2013 before being sacked.
Eurozone economy steady amid global turmoil, outlook uncertain
The eurozone economy held steady in late 2015 despite the buffeting from global market turmoil and a sharp slowdown in China, official data showed Friday, but the outlook is clouded.
Germany puts onus on Russia to implement Syria deal
Germany said Friday's agreement to end hostilities in Syria must be put into action, putting the onus primarily on Russia which Berlin accused of scuppering peace talks through its military offensive.
Renault profit up but headlights on struggling Russian unit
Renault said Friday net profit for 2015 was up nearly 50 percent to 2.96 billion euros ($3.3 billion) despite a hit from its Russian subsidiary which Renault said it may recapitalise and take over to save it from collapse.
Bahrain at impasse five years after failed uprising
Five years after Sunni-ruled Bahrain crushed a popular uprising by the Shiite majority, the kingdom is locked in a political impasse exacerbated by an economic crisis, analysts say.