India's top court ordered a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers in New Delhi on Friday, after air quality reached crisis levels in the world's most polluted capital.
Asian markets headed into the weekend on a positive note Friday, with Tokyo again propelled by the weaker yen but the U.S. dollar edged back slightly in the afternoon following its recent surge against global currencies.
Brexit supporters rounded on gloomy forecasts predicting a £9-billion bill for Britain's departure from the EU on Thursday, while finance minister Philip Hammond warned of "uncertainty" over the numbers.
South Africa braced for a potentially damaging credit rating review Friday as Moody's releases its latest assessment amid political tension, reform blockages and weak economic data.
Barcelona city hall said Thursday it would fine home rental websites Airbnb and rival HomeAway 600,000 euros (US$635,000) each for marketing lodgings that lacked permits to host tourists.
Bangladesh said Friday the Uber ride-sharing service was operating "illegally," just days after it launched in the capital.
Guyana says it will use a US$45 million loan from China to widen the main road linking the capital of the South American country with neighboring Suriname.
Japan's public pension fund, the world's biggest, said Friday it has swung back from huge losses, providing some respite after coming under fire for moving a chunk of its bond-heavy portfolio into riskier equities.
Kenya Airways on Thursday announced the resignation of its chief executive officer, a move demanded by pilots complaining of mismanagement at the troubled airline.
Australian banks ANZ and Macquarie on Friday agreed to pay AU$15 million (US$11 million) in fines for trying to manipulate the benchmark rate of the Malaysian ringgit.