Apple is accused of working with five top publishers to set the prices of electronic books, in an effort to break into rival Amazon's dominance of the market.
Switzerland on Friday (Nov 21) said it was banning chicken imports from Britain and the Netherlands, as Dutch officials said they detected bird flu on three more farms.
US stocks rose to fresh records on Friday (Nov 21), easily eclipsing prior peaks following China's surprise interest-rate cut.
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.
US stocks rose to new intra-day record highs in opening trade on Friday (Nov 21) after China unexpectedly cut benchmark interest rates for the first time in more than two years to boost sagging economic growth.
The bank said it had been asked to deposit a bail bond of €50 million (US$62 million), and would "continue to cooperate with the French authorities to the fullest extent possible".
The cuts - the first time in more than two years - come as growth in the world's second-largest economy slows.
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said that the ECB is ready to ramp up its contested asset purchases "without any undue delay."
Asian stocks mostly rose on bargain-buying on Friday (Nov 21) at the end of a disappointing week that saw Japan plunge into recession and a trumpeted Hong Kong Shanghai exchange link-up fall flat.