FOOD FEARS: Customers at a McDonald's restaurant in Tokyo, after reporting that all its Japanese restaurants had stopped selling products made with chicken from China following a food scandal. (Yoshikazu Tsuno, AFP)
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European Union ambassadors have reached a preliminary agreement to push ahead with hard-hitting economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.
Oil prices have nudged lower as traders balanced soft gasoline demand in the US and plentiful global supplies, against upbeat Chinese manufacturing data.
Hisense has promised South Africans that it will not dump technology in the country as it fights for a bigger share of the local appliance market.
Zimbabwe has cut its 2014 growth forecast, in line with projections from the IMF, say the finance minister and central bank governor.
Europe's stock markets have dropped as a fall in German business confidence offset British growth data, while traders reacted to a tie-up of the pay-TV sector.
Platinum producer Lonmin will lift production to 80% of normal levels by the end of its financial year in September as it recovers from a five-month strike.
China has approved the setting up of three private banks, including one by internet giant Tencent, in a long-awaited economic reform.
US President Barack Obama and Netherlands Premier Mark Rutte have agreed that more sanctions must be imposed on Russia for its support of pro-Russian separatists.