Europe's medicine watchdog okays preventive AIDS pill
Europe's medicines watchdog said Friday it has recommended the licencing of the first-ever AIDS prevention pill for the European Union.
Bodies of 14 executed in Libya's Benghazi found
A hospital in Libya's second city Benghazi said Friday it had received the bodies of 14 people killed execution-style, in what the UN envoy said was a "war crime".
Low growth, weak trade sap German chemical industry
Germany's powerful chemicals sector will see a bigger decline in sales over 2016 than previously thought as weak global growth and trade undermine prices, the VCI industry federation said on Friday.
China's Tencent disciplined for Xi Jinping-related typo
China's communist authorities have moved supervision of Tencent Web, one of the country's biggest online media portals, to the capital after it published a one-character typo related to President Xi Jinping, Hong Kong media reports said.
Formula One: Hamilton crashes, Rosberg on top
Lewis Hamilton crashed enabling Nico Rosberg to take advantage and top the times for Mercedes in Friday's second free practice for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.
Poland says WWII massacre by Ukraine was 'genocide'
Poland's right-wing dominated parliament on Friday recognised as "genocide" a massacre of 100,000 Poles by Ukrainian nationalists seven decades ago, in a move that quickly drew criticism from Kiev.
IMF boss Lagarde to stand trial over $400 mn payout
IMF chief Christine Lagarde was ordered Friday to stand trial in France over a massive state payout to a colourful tycoon when she was French economy minister, dealing a setback to her stellar career.
Deezer aims for profitability in 2 years
Music streaming firm Deezer said Friday it aimed to become profitable in two years, and was already making money in its home market of France.
Migrants 'crushed, drowned' in dinghy horror
The crew of a rescue ship discovered the dead at the bottom of a dinghy when they picked up over 200 migrants on Wednesday in the Mediterranean.
Nigerian militants deny talks to end oil attacks
Militant group the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) on Friday denied being in talks with Nigeria's government to end attacks on key oil facilities that have cut output and hammered revenue.
France to supply artillery to Iraqi army
France will supply weapons to Iraq to support its fight against the Islamic State group, President Francois Hollande said Friday, but ruled out any troop deployment in the country.
Turkey tensions spill onto German streets
The failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stoked tensions in Germany's three-million strong Turkish community, prompting demonstrations and threats that have put the authorities on edge.
China leads fall in foreign lending to emerging markets
Cross-border lending, key to help fuel economic growth, fell to emerging markets at the start of the year, led by China, the Bank for International Settlements said Friday.
S.Sudan ex-rebel leader fires possible rival
South Sudan's vice president and former rebel leader Riek Machar has fired a minister suspected by his group of being tapped by the government to replace him.
Hundreds pay homage to slain Ukraine reporter
Hundreds of mourners shed tears and laid flowers on Friday at the open casket of a top reporter whose targeted car-bomb slaying sent shock waves through Ukraine's tight-knit journalistic community.
30 injured in Iran truck-train collision
At least 30 people were injured Friday when a truck driver crossed a railroad at high speed and crashed into a train in the north of Iran, media reported.
Olympics: IOC reveals 45 new doping failures from Beijing, London Games
The International Olympic Committee reported 45 new doping failures on Friday from the 2008 Games in Beijing and London 2012, bringing the total number of positive drug test to 98 since a retesting programme was launched.
Sharp drop in euro forgeries in first half of 2016
The number of counterfeit euro banknotes withdrawn from circulation decreased sharply in the first half of 2016, the European Central Bank said on Friday.
Indian double gang-rape survivor says she lives in fear
A low-caste Indian who survived a gang-rape aged 17 only to be raped again, allegedly by men awaiting trial for the first attack, said Friday she feared she and her family would never be safe again.
Philippines driving up nickel prices: industry group
Concern over the new Philippine government's mining policies is helping drive global nickel prices to nearly one-year highs, the local industry association said Friday.
Greece lowers voting age to 17
Greek lawmakers voted Thursday to amend electoral law to lower the voting age by a year to 17 and eventually eliminate a 50-seat bonus for the winning party.
China regulator condemns Vanke takeover fight
China's market regulator on Friday condemned the management team and major shareholders of the country's largest property firm over a hostile takeover that has battered the firm's share price.
Olympics: Russia facing Rio Olympic, Paralympic ban
Russia on Friday made a last-ditch bid to avoid a blanket ban at the Rio Games over state-run doping as a fresh batch of drug test failures from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 rocked the Olympics.
Lagarde: unflappable IMF chief who smashed glass ceiling
Five years ago Christine Lagarde burst through the glass ceiling at one of the world's leading institutions, becoming the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund.
EU takes Greece to court over state aid to shipyard
The European Commission on Friday took Greece to court for failing to recover more than 250 million euros ($275 million) in what it considered to be illegal state aid to Hellenic Shipyards.
Russian warplanes targeted US, British outpost in Syria
Russian warplanes bombed a remote outpost in Syria used by elite US and British forces last month as well as another site linked to the CIA, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
'Rebel' Chinese village chief charged over bribes
The chief of a village that became a symbol of resistance against corruption has been charged for allegedly accepting bribes, Chinese authorities said, over a month after his detention sparked protests.
Olympics: Kremlin expects IOC to allow clean Russian competitors at Rio
Russia insisted Friday it expects to avoid a blanket ban from the IOC on its competitors at the Rio Olympics despite its track and field squad losing an appeal over suspension for state-sponsored doping.
Albania adopts judicial reform key for EU membership
Albania's parliament on Friday adopted a key judicial reform to fight corruption and organised crime, a major step in its progress towards European Union membership.
Pokemon Go craze finally hits Japan
Pikachu was welcomed home by thousands of enthusiastic gamers Friday as the global phenomenon of Pokemon Go finally launched in Japan, extending a wildly successful franchise that is part of the national social fabric.