LONDON (Reuters) - A High Court judge has denied a Serious Fraud Office application to charge Barclays (BARC.L) over its 2008 capital raising, potentially ending the biggest remaining legal headache facing the British bank over its conduct during the financial crisis.

FILE PHOTO - The logo of a McDonald's restaurant is seen in Bordeaux, France, June 18, 2018. Picture taken June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - U.S. fast-food giant McDonald’s Corp will invest 3 billion rand ($205 million) in South Africa over the next five years, the company said on Friday.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone finance ministers will discuss Italy’s 2019 draft budget at their next meeting, on Nov. 5, despite Italian requests to postpone the talks, a European Union official told Reuters on Friday.

BRUSSELS/ROME (Reuters) - The head of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, defended his independence on Friday as members of the Italian ruling coalition attacked him over “improper” remarks about the country’s political situation.

FILE PHOTO: Sony Corp's logo is seen at its news conference in Tokyo, Japan November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Friday that it had approved Sony Corp’s (6758.T) plan to take full control of EMI Music Publishing, saying the deal would not raise competition concerns.

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