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Oil prices have slid as investors awaited the US Federal Reserve's latest monetary policy meeting and a closely watched report on crude inventories.
Australia is pleased with discussions with Pacific Rim trading partners on resolving disputes with foreign investors but will not agree to a regional trade pact.
Chinese shares have bounced back more than 3%, as Beijing's latest efforts to prop up values restored a measure of stability to its unruly stock market.
Poland's richest man, Jan Kulczyk, died on Tuesday night at 65 due to surgery complications, a spokesperson at Kulczyk Holding says.
French oil giant Total has announced a 4% slide in net profit while increased output, costs, savings and refinery margins helped offset plunging oil prices.
China stocks have fallen for a fourth day but losses were more subdued than earlier in the week after Beijing reiterated its determination to stabilise its wild equity markets.
European shares have climbed, with Peugeot among the best-performers, as further signs of bid activity lifted the region's stock markets.
British telecom giant Vodafone has said it plans to lay off up to 1 300 workers, about a fifth of the workforce, from its Spanish division.