GUARD OF HONOUR: Chinese honour guards prepare for the arrival of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (Wang Zhao, AFP)
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A long-running legal tussle between Austria and Bavaria has taken a new twist as Vienna sues the region's state bank.
Expectations in Britain for inflation in the year ahead have fallen to their lowest level in almost six years, a survey shows.
Ten years ago, the boss of Qatar Airways, who takes his first new A350 jet this week, warned Airbus it was flying off course.
European stock markets have risen, tracking gains in Asian and US equity markets, while Finland's Neste Oil outperformed after raising its guidance.
Oil-rich Arab Gulf countries have been standing firm against non-Opec crude producers, vowing they will not cut output nor hold an emergency cartel meeting.
Asian markets have tracked cues from Wall Street where stocks surged in a Federal Reserve-fuelled "Santa Claus rally".
Oil prices in Asia have extended a sharp rebound, with analysts predicting the sector has bottomed out after plunging almost 50% since June.
T-Mobile has agreed to pay at least $90m to settle US government claims that it bilked customers with bogus charges, according to US regulators.