Ecuador has announced it plans to start circulating what it calls the world's first digital currency in December. It also claims it has options for developing its new oil refinery which do not depend on China.
The executive board of the International Monetary Fund has expressed its support for Managing Director Christine Lagarde. This came after a French court placed Lagarde under formal investigation in a corruption case.
A number of EU foreign ministers are pushing for stronger sanctions against Russia for its actions in eastern Ukraine. It follows NATO allegations that Moscow sent "well over 1,000 troops" across the border.