COLOURFUL DISPLAY: Bracelets, made with small coloured elastic bands, are shown at a factory in Lille, following a new fashion from the United States. (Philippe Huguen,( AFP)
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Asian stocks have inched higher, encouraged by corporate results and a record Wall Street close, while global unrest underpinned demand for high-rated bonds.
The S&P 500 has closed at a new record high after strong Apple earnings lifted the tech sector on a mixed day for stocks.
Oil prices have risen in Asia after the United States reported a large decline in its crude inventories, indicating strong demand in the world's biggest economy.
Tesco has removed a photo on its corporate website of Alan Stewart, its newly appointed chief financial officer, after a complaint by rival Marks & Spencer.
The IMF says it expects the US economy to grow even more slowly this year, below its June prediction of 2% growth.
The EBRD bank says it will freeze funding for new projects in Russia in response to sanctions imposed earlier over the Ukraine crisis.
Burundi's cabinet will propose new duties on some alcoholic drinks, an airport departure tax and other measures to make up for a shortfall in forecast revenues.
European stock markets have ended slightly higher, building on the previous day's gains and following a positive lead from Wall Street.