Wanda Group taps Blatter's nephew to head sports business
A Chinese real estate and entertainment conglomerate headed by Asia's richest man has appointed the nephew of suspended FIFA chief Sepp Blatter as head of its sports division.
Britain's Labour in disarray over Syria air strikes vote
Top figures in Britain's main opposition Labour Party heaped criticism on their leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday after he ruled out voting for the Royal Air Force to join air strikes in Syria.
Vietnam lawmakers ease death penalty on corruption
Corrupt Vietnamese officials could be spared the death penalty if they repay at least 75 percent of their ill gotten gains, state media reported Friday, after lawmakers amended the penal code.
Iran says tests will show how diplomat died in Saudi
Iran expects medical tests to establish within 48 hours if a high-ranking diplomat died on pilgrimage in the stampede at the hajj in Saudi Arabia, following contrasting accounts about his demise.
Kremlin says Western powers 'not ready' to work in anti-IS coalition with Russia
The Kremlin said Friday that Western powers were not ready to form a coalition with Russia to fight Islamic State jihadists in Syria, after talks between President Vladimir Putin and French leader Francois Hollande.
Hollande vows to crush 'army of fanatics' at solemn ceremony
A solemn ceremony was held Friday for the victims of the Paris attacks, with President Francois Hollande vowing that France would respond to the "army of fanatics" with more songs, concerts and shows.
Australia kicks off climate rallies ahead of global talks
Tens of thousands of people from all walks of life rallied in the Australian city of Melbourne to demand action on climate change Friday, the first in a series of global events ahead of crunch talks in Paris.
Greek economy contracts 0.9% in third quarter: revised data
Greece's state statistics agency on Friday drastically revised downwards the economy's third-quarter contraction to 0.9 percent, from 0.5 percent previously.
France's Fabius sees Syrian regime participating in anti-IS fight
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday he could foresee Syrian troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad taking part in the fight to crush the Islamic State group, a statement welcomed by the regime in Damascus.
German arms dealer probed over possible link to Paris attacks
German prosecutors said Friday they were investigating whether an illegal arms dealer had sold four assault rifles to a person in the French capital and whether there were "possible links to the attacks in Paris".
Eurogroup chief warns of 'mini-Schengen' if EU fails on migrant issue
Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem warned Friday that a small group of EU countries may be forced to form a "mini-Schengen" if the bloc fails to resolve its migrant crisis.
Gibraltar leader re-elected in landslide victory
Gibraltar's incumbent Chief Minister Fabian Picardo thanked his supporters for their "tsunami of support" Friday after he won a landslide victory in a general election.
Uganda passes controversial NGO bill
Ugandan lawmakers passed a bill that would give authorities sweeping powers to regulate civil society, which rights groups say will "strangle" criticism of the government, just before Pope Francis arrived on a visit.
Six children die as migrant boats sink off Turkey
At least six children drowned on Friday in two separate incidents when their boats sank off Turkey while trying to make the risky crossing to Greece, state media reported.
Parents of missing Mexican students set up protest camp
Parents of 43 students who disappeared last year camped out Thursday near Mexico's presidential residence demanding a new investigation into their missing children, who investigators say were killed by drug traffickers.
Royalist Thai monk rails against US envoy as spat intensifies
An arch-royalist Thai monk led a protest Friday at the United States Embassy as acrimony deepened following the American envoy's criticism of the use of the kingdom's tough royal defamation law.
Turkish downing of Russian jet offers boost to Assad
Turkey's downing of a Russian jet has played into the hands of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by bringing Moscow on board with his bitter opposition to Ankara, experts say.
Tokyo investors focus on US job data, ECB meeting next week
Key US job figures and a European Central Bank policy meeting will be among the key trading cues for Tokyo investors next week, analysts said.
Protests as France's Hollande calls on UK to join Syria campaign
French President Francois Hollande has urged British MPs to back an air campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria, as thousands prepared to march on London Saturday to oppose the plans.
Taiwan cuts 2015, 2016 economic growth forecasts
Taiwan on Friday cut its growth forecast for 2015 for the second time since August, to 1.06 percent, while also lowering expectations for next year amid slumping exports.
Figure skating: Japanese star Hanyu sets world record
Japan's Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu broke his own world best in the short programme at the NHK Trophy on Friday, posting an eye-popping score of 106.33 points.
Turkey wants to 'calm tensions' with Russia
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday sought to ease tensions with Moscow over the downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border, calling for unity against the Islamic State group.
Suspicious boats with decomposed bodies found drifting off Japan
Japan is investigating nearly a dozen suspicious boats recently found drifting off the country's coastline, some with decaying bodies aboard, officials said Friday, as media speculated they came from North Korea.
Islamic State propaganda gives Taiwan unwanted recognition
The Islamic State has given an unwanted nod to Taiwan's four-decade struggle for international recognition, displaying the island's flag and naming it as part of the "enemy coalition" fighting the group.
Climate disasters may double without emissions cut
Climate disasters may double in the next two decades unless the world cuts its carbon dioxide emissions, the Asian Development Bank said Friday, with "high risk" nations in Asia set to be hard hit.
VW scandal marks climate mindset change: summit head
Outrage over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal has revealed that the public will no longer settle when it comes to environmental protections, the president of last year's UN climate conference told AFP.
Japan court overturns cult member parcel bomb conviction
A Japanese appeals court overturned a guilty verdict Friday for a former cult member convicted in a parcel bombing, the court said, in a rare acquittal involving the group also responsible for a deadly nerve gas attack.
Kenyan slum children offer gifts to welcome pope
They came through the narrow and muddy streets in the rain long before dawn, intent on seeing Pope Francis as he came to their church in the Kenyan slum of Kangemi.
Palestinian hits Israeli soldiers with car in West Bank, shot dead
A Palestinian rammed his car into Israeli soldiers at a bus station in the occupied West Bank Friday before being shot dead, police said.
Miss Canada lashes out at Beijing after contest snub
A Canadian beauty queen lashed out at Beijing Friday, saying she was barred from boarding a flight from Hong Kong to China to compete in a pageant because of her human rights activism.
Chinese shares close down more than five percent
Chinese shares closed down more than five percent Friday, after inquiries were announced into several major brokerage firms.