Japan's Nikkei average surged 4.3 percent on Thursday, posting the biggest one-day gain in six years, as a pair of economic reports provided investors some relief about the economic outlook in the United States and Japan.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned Friday February 8th that using botulinum toxins, such as the popular cosmetic treatment Botox, can have serious side-effects including death, but stopped short of banning them.
A trademark fedora hat and a pair of luxury slippers were among hundreds of items from late French president Francois Mitterrand's wardrobe that went under the hammer Tuesday, January 29th to raise money for charity.
Twenty Nepali Buddhist priests, wearing maroon robes and singlets, offered special prayers at a memorial service on Monday for Mount Everest hero Sir Edmund Hillary, who died last week at the age of 88.
Greenpeace tried to block a palm-oil tanker from leaving an Indonesian port on Friday for a second day to protest over forest destruction, but the vessel's owner said the ship was able to continue loading crude palm oil.
The world's richest diamond mine, which produces up to 15 million carats a year, celebrated its silver jubilee in Botswana on Friday, october 19th amid concerns about the growing cost of diamond mining.
The European Union on Monday, June 26th lifted its embargo on Liberian diamonds, following a decision by the UN Security Council in April that the trade in "blood diamonds" from the country has been stemmed.