TOP SHOTS: A woman shows a hand painting at the booth of the United Arab Emirates at the 49th Berlin International Tourism Fair in Berlin. About 10 096 exhibitors from 186 countries are attending the fair in the German capital. (Tobias Schwarz, AFP)
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India has asked YouTube to block access to a documentary about a savage gang-rape in Delhi, after barring broadcasters from airing the film.
US stocks have snapped a two-day losing streak, finishing higher on news of European monetary stimulus and a $21bn pharmaceutical merger.
Asian markets have mostly risen following gains in New York, while the euro remained at 11-year lows after the ECB said it would launch its stimulus plan next week.
Persistent worries about a global oversupply of crude oil has weighed on the oil market after US inventories leapt to another record high this week.
PetroSA has secured a seven year R1.77bn credit facility to refinance existing loans and expand operations at its Ghanaian oil fields, the company says.
Europe's main stock markets have finished the day slightly higher with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index up 0.61% to 6 961.14 points.
US stocks have traded higher ending a two-day downturn, with AbbVie's $21bn takeover of cancer drug developer Pharmacyclics giving a charge to trade.
Brazil's top prosecutor has requested open investigations into politicians who allegedly benefited from a multibillion-dollar kickback scheme at Petrobras.