WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democrat-controlled Senate was expected to approve a bipartisan budget agreement next week, sealing a spending deal that would prevent a repeat of last month's damaging government shutdown and restore money for the US military and domestic agencies that had been slashed in automatic cuts.
BEIJING (AP) - Chinese leaders say the world's second-largest economy faces "downward pressure" and have called for boldness in carrying out promised reforms aimed at reviving slowing growth.
MADRID (AFP) - US casino operator Las Vegas Sands said on Friday it has dropped plans to invest over US$30 billion (S$38 billion) in a mega-resort scheme that promised 260,000 direct and indirect jobs for crisis-hit Spain.
VIENNA (REUTERS) - Air India is to start talks to join the Star Alliance group of carriers, the grouping said on Friday.
SINGAPORE shares snapped an eight-session losing streak on Friday on bargain-hunting and slightly reduced fears over a cut in United States money printing.