FUN RIDE: Decorated tramcars tour the Blackpool Illuminations in Blackpool, north west England. The illuminations, an annual event since 1879, stretch along the sea front for 10 km and use over one million bulbs. (Paul Ellis, AFP)
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State-backed China CNR Corporation is making a pitch to sell its high-speed trains to California, signalling China's growing export ambitions.
US stocks have risen, shaking off weak IBM earnings and extending the rally that began late last week.
New big-screen iPhones helped propel Apple's profit and revenue in the last quarter, as the California tech giant smashed earnings expectations.
Asian markets have been mixed as investors consolidated the previous day's hefty gains despite a healthy lead from Wall Street, while investors await China data.
Oil prices have risen in Asian trade, buoyed by strong industrial production data from China, the world's top energy consuming nation, analysts said.
A measure of global equity markets has risen after strong US corporate results lifted Wall Street, building on positive sentiment out of a surge in Japanese shares.
Johannesburg stocks have treaded water with the market keenly awaiting the maiden budget speech of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.
A new drug will be made available to people who suffer from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, a pharmaceutical company says.