Stocks were pushed into the red by US data showing a big drop in the country's unemployment rate alongside a big acceleration in the pace of wage gains which initially served to send government debt yields higher on both sides of the Atlantic.
Australian billionaire Rupert Murdoch's News Group agreed to pay damages to former army intelligence officer Ian Hurst after his computer and emails were hacked by a private investigations firm which then forwarded the information to the publisher.
A representative for the Spanish government in Catalonia has apologised for the violence which marred Sunday’s illegal referendum in the region.
According to leaked documents, Iceland's current Prime Minister, Bjarni Benediktsson, sold nearly all of his assets in major Icelandic bank Glitnir's investment fund on the same day the government took over the country's failing financial sector at the height of the 2008 crash.
A state of emergency has been declared in central America after tropical storm Nate left at least 22 dead in Coast Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras as it heading north towards the US.
Wall Street was trading on a slightly mixed note but off its session lows following an unexpectedly sharp drop in the country's jobless rate alongside a sharp pick-up in earnings growth.
US non-farm payrolls figures for September surprised on the downside, but wage growth accelerated very quickly, although economists put the latter down to the impact of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Former Federal Reserve Board governor and Morgan Stanley banker Kevin Warsh has a 40% chance of being appointed as the new chair of the Fed, according to Oxford Economics.
US President Donald Trump is preparing to decertify the Iran nuclear agreement, according to several US media reports.
Discussions between the UK and European Union over Brexit are facing further deadlock as the government refuses to agree to an amount to be paid in the so-called ‘Brexit bill’.
Markets in Asia were all higher on Friday, on the final day of a quiet week marked by a number of exchange closures due to public holidays.
US futures pointed to a muted open on Wall Street on Friday as investors eyed the release of the keenly-awaited non-farm payrolls report.
Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary penned an impassioned letter to the budget airline's pilots to offer better pay and conditions in a bid to stave off a potential exodus that could lead to further flight cancellations.
US stocks notched fresh record highs again on Thursday as investors digested a series of data releases and speeches from Federal Reserve officials.