The pair said in a statement that they have reached agreement on key terms of a "possible" deal, under which Friends Life shareholders would receive 0.74 Aviva ordinary shares for each Friends Life ordinary share.
Global oil prices rallied on Friday (Nov 21) on China's surprise interest rate cuts and somewhat higher expectations that OPEC could decide to reduce production next week.
The vast land reclamation project on the Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands is one of several pursued by China but the first that could accommodate an airstrip, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Poole said.
Weekly Muslim prayers at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque passed peacefully on Friday (Nov 21) despite tensions in the Holy City, but Palestinians later wounded two Jews as they walked to worship not far away.
Barack Obama's Republican rivals on Friday (Nov 21) heaped scorn on his plans to offer up to five million undocumented migrants protection from deportation, as the US president went on the road to defend the bold measures.
The court in her southern hometown of Maastricht on Friday ordered her continued detention on suspicion of "crimes threatening state security".
The price also set a new world auction record for price-per-carat for any diamond, the auctioneers said.
Ramy Ashour clinched his third World Open title on Friday (Nov 21) when he saved a match point in a marathon 13-11, 7-11, 5-11, 11-5, 14-12 triumph against Egyptian compatriot Mohamed El Shorbagy.
The legal action addresses president's unilateral move last year to defer the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate, which requires that employers with 50 or more workers offer health coverage to their full-time staff or pay fines, until 2015.
Gael Monfils clobbered a below-far Roger Federer 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 in just 1 hour 46 minutes to leave France and Switzerland level 1-1 after the first day of the Davis Cup final in Lille on Friday (Nov 21).