CHICAGO/PITTSBURGH America's annual Black Friday shopping extravaganza was short on fireworks this year as U.S. retailers' discounts on electronics, clothing and other holiday gifts failed to draw big crowds to stores and shopping malls.
The HSBC whistleblower who exposed tax dodging on an industrial scale through the UK organisation's secretive Swiss private bank has been sentenced to five years in jail by a Swiss court.
Retail giant Amazon has reported record figures as the American phenomenon of Black Friday appeared to pepper the consumer habits of thousands of bargain hunters.
LONDON: Chinese shares slumped 5 percent on Friday, hit by regulatory and industrial sector worries, though it wasn't enough to derail the first weekly rise for metals like copper and zinc since early October.
An aerial view of the Doce River, which was flooded with toxic mud after a dam owned by Brazilian Vale SA and Australian BHP Billiton Ltd burst early this month, flowing into the Atlantic Ocean.