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Oil prices have fallen further in Asia after a plunge in Chinese stocks jolted global markets and added to fears about an oversupply of the commodity.
China stocks have ended lower in a volatile session, even as Beijing pledged to lend further support after stocks sank 8% in the previous session, raising concerns about financial stability.
French President Francois Hollande, who has long pledged only run for a second term in office if unemployment was falling, has upped the stakes.
China's top economic planner says that it is optimistic on the outlook for the economy in the second half of 2015.
All of Britain's so-called 'big four' supermarkets have seen sales fall over the last 12 weeks in an overall market that grew marginally.
European shares have bounced back, lifted by strong company results and news of acquisitions after falling in the previous five sessions.
Air China is set to launch a direct service between Beijing and Johannesburg after previously putting the route on hold due to SA's new visa rules and xenophobic violence.
Asian markets have mostly fallen, with Shanghai seeing another round of wild volatility a day after the mainland Chinese market's heaviest one-day losses in eight years.