The Democratic Republic of Congo senate amends a controversial census bill, following four days of violent nationwide protests.
Sterling jumps sharply against the euro, while the FTSE 100 extends gains made in the wake of the European Central Bank's stimulus programme.
The government in the Philippines is facing calls for an inquiry after it temporarily relocated homeless people during Pope Francis' visit.
High-profile Bitcoin backers are seeking to establish a Bitcoin exchange in the US that would be overseen by mainstream financial regulators.
Theaster Gates says he will share his £40,000 Artes Mundi winnings with the nine other shortlisted artists.
Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova make smooth progress - plus quotes, stats and pictures from Australian Open.
Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard praises Equatorial Guinea's hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations, calling it "a great success".
Liverpool manager Matt Beard believes he has signed one of the best young players in the world after agreeing terms with Asisat Oshoala.
Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died in hospital, royal officials announce, weeks after being admitted with a lung infection.
Jackie Selebi, South Africa's former police chief who was jailed for corruption, dies three years after being paroled early on medical grounds.
Captain Steve Smith makes a composed century to lead Australia to a thrilling three-wicket tri-series win over England.
Thailand's attorney general says the country's former prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, is to face a criminal corruption charge over her controversial rice subsidy scheme.
A key survey of eurozone business activity reached a five month high in January, but firms are cutting prices at their fastest rate in five years.
The Sundance Film Festival in park City, Utah launches its 2015 edition with a documentary about legendary jazz and blues singer Nina Simone.
The social network encourages celebrities and other high-profile users to share photos directly to Twitter.
Jellyfish tagging study reveals the creatures' ability to swim against the current, researchers say.
Roger Federer admits he was worried he would struggle in his Australian Open tie with Andreas Seppi, which he lost in four sets.
The BBC's John Simpson interviewed Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz in 2007, in the aftermath of the 7/7 London terrorist attacks.
Thai authorities ban former PM Yingluck Shinawatra from office for five years and launch criminal charges that could see her jailed.
Asian shares rose on Friday encouraged by a rise in oil prices following news of the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah.