LABORIOUS WORK: Afghan labourer works at a brick factory on the outskirts of Kabul. (Noorullah Shirzada, AFP)
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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."
Zimbabwe and Zambia have used more water than they should have from the Kariba dam to generate electricity, says the Zambezi River Authority.
European shares have held steady, propped up by a rise in healthcare stocks while Deutsche Bank also recovered from initial losses.
Asian stocks have fallen, heading for its first decline in seven days, as Chinese equities resumed trading with less exuberance than expected.
Just how much money Volkswagen has made by cheating on US emissions tests will help determine the penalties it pays, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.