Russia's top automaker fears bankruptcy as losses mount
Russia's top automaker Avtovaz, controlled by Renault-Nissan, on Friday asked shareholders to help save it from bankruptcy as losses in 2015 tripled from the year before.
Japan GDP in focus for Tokyo investors next week
Japan's fourth-quarter GDP data will be a key trading cue for Tokyo investors after a tumultuous a holiday-shortened week that saw the benchmark Nikkei index plunge more than 11 percent.
Kuwait to sign Eurofighter jet deal with Italy
Kuwait and Italy will finalise a multibillion-euro deal next week for the Gulf state to purchase Eurofighter jets, Kuwait's defence minister has said.
Nigerian officers in graft probe
Twelve senior officers are under investigation in an anti-graft probe, the Nigerian army said, as part of a wider investigation into massive corruption in Africa's most populous country.
Zuma ridicules S.Africa opposition for disrupting his speech
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Friday mocked the opposition as "useless" and ignorant, after rowdy radical lawmakers repeatedly disrupted his annual state of the nation parliamentary address.
Not so incy wincy: spider kills snake in Outback duel
A plucky little spider has once again proved that size doesn't matter by taking on -- and beating -- a much larger venomous snake, in a very Australian telling of the story of David and Goliath.
German economy notches up 'solid' growth at end of 2015
Robust domestic demand enabled the German economy, Europe's biggest, to shrug off external headwinds and notch up "solid and continuous growth" at the end of last year, official data showed on Friday.
Canadian man found 30 years after going missing
A Canadian man who disappeared 30 years ago is set for an emotional reunion with his family after he suddenly remembered his name, media said.
Korean peninsula looks more divided than ever
North and South Korea's perennially volatile relations seem headed for a new and potentially dangerous low, with all official lines of communication cut off and a host of tension-raising issues on the near horizon.
Rolls-Royce cuts dividend for first time in 25 years
British engine maker Rolls-Royce on Friday cut its shareholder dividend for the first time in almost 25 years and said 2016 would be "challenging", but its shares nevertheless soared.
ThyssenKrupp in red in first quarter
German heavy industrial giant ThyssenKrupp said Friday that it fell into the red in the first quarter of its current business year weighed down by "a sharp deterioration in the climate for the materials businesses."
US tells citizens to avoid Laos province after deadly attacks
The United States issued a warning Friday urging Americans to avoid a central Laos province popular with adventure travellers after a sudden spate of deadly bomb and gun attacks.
Nepal PM to visit India on mission to repair ties
Nepal's prime minister will travel to India next week on a visit aimed at repairing fractured relations between the neighbours after the end of a crippling months-long border blockade, Kathmandu said Friday.
Singapore Telecom net profit falls 1.7 percent
Singapore Telecom blamed the strength of the local dollar after it announced Friday net profit fell 1.7 percent in the quarter to the end of December.
India central bank chief says lenders need 'deep surgery'
The head of India's central bank has said the country's lenders may need to perform "deep surgery" to sort out bad loans and clean up their balance sheets.
Rwanda to relocate Burundi refugees to other countries
Rwanda is to relocate refugees from Burundi to other countries, the government said Friday, amid accusations Kigali is meddling in the affairs of its troubled neighbour.
China slams Britain for 'interfering' in Hong Kong bookseller case
Beijing blasted Britain Friday for suggesting that a Hong Kong bookseller believed detained by China was "involuntarily removed to the mainland", accusing the former colonial power of interfering in Chinese domestic affairs.
S.Sudan president names arch-rival Riek Machar as vice-president
South Sudan's president Salva Kiir has named his arch-rival Riek Machar as vice-president, after fighting for more than two years of civil war.
Rwanda to relocate Burundi refugees to other countries
Rwanda is to relocate refugees from Burundi to other countries, the government said Friday, amid accusations Kigali was meddling in the affairs of its troubled neighbour.
German inflation picks up tentatively in January
Higher costs for food, services and rents pushed consumer prices in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, up by 0.5 percent in January, official data showed on Friday.
Big profit at Commerzbank marks comeback from brink
Commerzbank, Germany's second biggest bank, said Friday that its profits quadrupled in 2015, highlighting a remarkable comeback from the brink of disaster during the financial crisis.
Hong Kong bookseller 'involuntarily removed' to China
Britain said Friday a Hong Kong bookseller believed detained by China was "involuntarily removed to the mainland" in its strongest comments yet on a case that has rocked the city.
Tokyo stocks dive 5% as strong yen hammers exporters
Tokyo stocks plunged again Friday as a strong yen hammered exporters on the back of deepening fears about the global economy, marking a grim end to a tumultuous week on Japanese markets.
S. Korea, US could begin missile shield talks next week
South Korea could begin detailed discussions with Washington on bringing in an advanced US missile defence system opposed by China as early as next week, a senior official said Friday.
Migrant 'hotspots' a flashpoint on Greek island of Kos
As dawn breaks over the Greek island of Kos, 20 soldiers and five bulldozers wait to start construction work on a site that has become a flashpoint for the tourist hub on the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis.
Japan paternity leave trailblazer quits over bikini model affair
A Japanese politician who made headlines over his quest to take paternity leave quit on Friday after confessing to an affair with a bikini model while his wife was pregnant.
Venezuela high court sides with Maduro on economic decree
Venezuela's Supreme Court on Thursday declared that President Nicolas Maduro's request for special powers to tackle the country's deep economic crisis was legal, dismissing the opposition-controlled legislature's vote against it.
Pope heads for historic encounter with Russian patriarch
Pope Francis headed to Cuba on Friday looking to heal a 1,000-year-old rift in Christianity before embarking on a tour of Mexico dominated by modern day problems of drug-related violence and migration.
Guinea holds 17 members of opposition over journalist death
Seventeen members of the Guinean opposition were arrested on Thursday over the death of a journalist who was shot during clashes outside their offices, their lawyer told AFP.
No peace for Nepal's ex-child soldiers, 20 years after war
Wincing with pain every time he walks, Bijay Rai is constantly reminded of his decision to join the Maoist army aged 14, as one of Nepal's thousands of child soldiers.
Indonesia bans 'gay' emojis on messaging apps
In the latest crackdown on gay rights in Indonesia, the government has demanded all instant messaging apps remove same-sex emoticons or face a ban in the Muslim-majority country.