China's new president Xi Jinping heads to Africa as his country's influence on the continent soars, but with its big money is provoking resentment.
Samsung Electronics said on Friday that both sales and operating profit likely rose to record highs in 2010.
LG Electronics has marketed a new large-screen plasma display television that allows users both to read and listen to the Qur'an.
The chief of the World Bank took a hard line on corruption on Friday while his counterpart at the International Monetary Fund said policy-makers need to be ready to adapt to a more difficult economic environment in the coming year as delegates gathered for the sister institutions' annual meetings.
Samsung's market value surged past $100-billion on Wednesday as its stock jumped 5,1%, putting it among Asia's largest companies by market capitalisation. The value of Samsung's common stock rose to about 103-trillion won, or $103-billion, after its share price rose to a record high 699 000 won ($699) on Wednesday.
In a second day of bluster following a landmark disarmament accord, North Korea on Wednesday threatened retaliation if the United States carries out what the North claims are plans to annihilate it in a nuclear attack. At six-nation talks in Beijing on Monday, North Korea had promised to give up its nuclear-weapons programme.