Buying, let alone carrying around, a secondhand purse may be unpopular in China, but the nation's obsession with luxury goods is driving its young nouveaux riche into bargain basements looking for brand-name bags on the cheap.
During China's Lunar New Year holiday, high-end stores in Europe were jammed with Chinese shoppers snapping up items at lower prices than back home.
A strong cold front is expected to sweep most of China, dragging down temperatures by up to 14 degrees Celsius in some areas.
Across China 6,597 fires broke out from February 9 to the moon of February 15, leaving 36 people dead and 11 injured, Ministry of Public Security said on Friday.
China's retail sales surged to record highs over the week-long Spring Festival, as tourist attractions also reported strong visitor numbers.
About 400 people were injured when a meteorite shot across the sky in central Russia on Friday sending fireballs crashing to Earth, smashing windows and setting off car alarms.
Chinese marine surveillance ships continued regular patrols in the territorial waters surrounding the Diaoyu Islands on Friday.
The EU's executive called in Europe's law enforcers on Wednesday and urged that DNA food testing be done in all member states amid a widening scandal over horsemeat-tainted processed food.
Leaders from the United Nations and United States called for tougher measures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea after it conducted its 3rd nuclear test on Tuesday.
China, the world's biggest market for automobiles, helped propel General Motors Co in the fourth quarter, although the US company posted a weaker-than-expected profit for the period.
South African 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, is due to appear in court on Friday on charges of murdering his girlfriend.
Reeking of rotting food and sewage from overflowing toilets, a crippled cruise ship carrying more than 4,200 people was limping into Mobile, Alabama, on Thursday.