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A judge says he has ordered the suspension of the globally popular instant messaging system WhatsApp across Brazil.
Asian markets have been largely flat in morning trade after the dollar firmed on US inflation data, while Japanese figures challenged Tokyo's war on falling prices.
The Nasdaq has powered closer to 5 000 points while weakness in oil-linked equities kept the Dow and S&P 500 in the red.
Oil has bounced back in Asia on bargain-hunting after tumbling in the previous session over a further surge in US crude reserves, adding to the global supply glut.
Europe's main stock markets finished up on Thursday with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index and Frankfurt's DAX 30 index hitting record high closing levels.
German unemployment fell for the fifth consecutive month in February, dropping twice as much as forecast with the pickup in economy, driving a gain in hiring.
Sibanye Gold, which says it wants to expand into platinum, says it is not interested in Impala Platinum’s Marula mine.
British business investment has fell at its sharpest rate in nearly 6 years late last year, after tumbling global oil prices hit the North Sea petroleum industry.