LABORIOUS WORK: An Afghan labourer works at a brick factory on the outskirts of Kabul. (Noorullah Shirzada, AFP)
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China stocks have risen in line with stronger global markets amid growing expectations that the US Federal Reserve will wait longer before raising interest rates.
SABMiller has cut production and fired workers at its South Sudan unit as lack of foreign currency and the cost of beer holds back investment and stifles demand.
Europe's major stock markets have opened higher after gains across Asia and on Wall Street thanks to growing hints that US interest rates will not rise.
Asian stocks have risen, extending a global equity rally, and Indonesia’s rupiah was headed for its best week since 2001 as investors piled back into riskier assets.
The dollar has fallen modestly against other major currencies after the Federal Reserve released minutes of its last policy meeting showing fears over a strong dollar.
US stocks have risen after Federal Reserve meeting minutes lifted confidence the US central bank would not move quickly to hike interest rates.
Oil prices have extended their recent rally in Asia on hopes that increasing demand and a decline in US crude production would ease a supply glut.
The American chief executive says Volkswagen's cheating on emissions in diesel cars was not a corporate decision, but something that "individuals did."