The Swiss government will seek
more political consultations on a draft treaty setting out ties
with the European Union, it said on Friday, ignoring an
ultimatum from Switzerland's biggest trading partner to sign off
by Friday or face punishment.
Chinese-owned Irish leasing
company Avolon firmed up its largest ever purchase on Friday
with an order for 100 Airbus jets worth $11.5 billion
at list prices, lifting the covers off a deal struck in the face
of global trade tensions.
At least 12 people were killed
on Friday, including six policemen, in an early morning shootout
between police and bank robbers in a small town in northeastern
Brazil, the state governor's office said.
Investors pulled billions from
bonds and stocks this week as U.S. bond movements triggered
fears over global growth and a trade tussle between the United
States and China heated up, strategists at Bank of America
Merrill Lynch said on Friday.