Children play amid tumbledown shacks in some of Rio de Janeiro's poorest hillside "favela" slums, places where armed drug traffickers lay down the law, stray bullets fly and raw sewage oozes into the streets.
A gauge of the health of China's manufacturing industry inched higher in October but factory output was at a five-month low in a sign of slowing domestic and foreign demand.
The American Postal Workers Union is calling on Harvard University's president to oppose a business arrangement between Staples Inc. and the U.S. Postal Service, or resign her seat on the office supply company's board.
Here are the latest trading levels for Asia's major stock markets: Tokyo (Nikkei Average) up 0.1% ; Hong Kong (Hang Seng Index) down 0.4% ; Shanghai (Shanghai Composite Index) down 0.9% (at break) ; Sydney (S&P/ASX 200) down 0.2% ; Seoul (Kospi) down 0.3% ; Mumbai (Sensex) closed for holiday Taipei (Taiex) down 0.2% Copyright © 2014 MarketWatch, Inc.
Hong Kong stocks started with losses Thursday and headed lower after preliminary Chinese manufacturing data showed output rising at a faster pace but demand growth slowing.