BEIJING - China's main stock market index fell more than 5 percent after two of the country's biggest securities firms announced they are under investigation for possible misconduct.
The euro is set for its longest stretch of weekly declines versus the yen since the common currency's creation in 1999 as anticipation builds that the European Central Bank will surprise some investors with the size of its stimulus next week.
The Baird government has been accused of ranking the health of horses above humans after the state's Planning Assessment Commission approved the expansion of one big open-cut coalmine while rejecting another project further up the Hunter Valley.
SEOUL Crude oil futures fell on Friday with losses this month standing at over 8 percent, hurt by disappointing Chinese economic data and worries over a supply glut.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released its passenger growth forecast, projecting that passenger numbers are expected to reach seven billion by 2034, with a 3.8 per cent average annual growth in demand (2014 baseline year).