Asia stocks up as China steadies, wary of Fed

2:57am BST

SYDNEY - Asian shares were mostly higher on Wednesday on hopes that Beijing could stem the rout in its markets without damage to the economy, though caution was the watchword ahead of a policy decision from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Dunne urges United States to buy more British weapons

12:16am BST

WASHINGTON - Britain's minister for defence procurement on Tuesday urged the United States to buy more UK-built weapons, saying current trade flows were too much of a one-way street.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney poses for a photograph after speaking at the Victoria and Albert museum in London, Britian May 19, 2015.  REUTERS/Andy Rain/pool

BoE ends 'drip-feed' news, but will clarity result?

The Bank of England runs the risk of sending mixed messages next week when it changes the way it announces its monetary policy decisions, designed as part of the push for greater clarity.  Full Article 

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BP's profits hit by spill charge

BP's second-quarter profits miss expectations after the British oil and gas company takes a $10.8 billion pretax charge related to a settlement of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill.  Video | Full Article 

The logo of Zurich Insurance Group is seen on a building in Bern February 10, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Hodel

Europe shares: deals banish China blues

Cash-rich Zurich Insurance is weighing a bid for British rival RSA Insurance Group which could top $8 billion. One of a number of new tie-ups moving European markets.  Video | Full Article 

French farmers block trucks that transport food goods coming from foreign countries at the French German border in Strasbourg, France, during a protest against a squeeze in margins by retailers and food processors July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

French protests trigger European tensions

BRUSSELS/PARIS - The European Commission calls on France to ensure goods can flow freely through Europe after French livestock and dairy farmers this week blocked imports from German and Spanish producers in a growing row over prices.  Full Article 


Platini to announce FIFA presidency bid

ZURICH - Michel Platini, the head of European football's governing body UEFA, is to announce in the next few days that he will stand for the presidency of FIFA, a source tells Reuters.  Full Article 

A boy looks inside the skull a Tyrannosaurus Rex replica at the Egidio Feruglio Museum in the Argentina's Patagonian city of Trelew, May 18, 2014.  REUTERS/Maxi Jonas

Dinosaurs like T. rex had unique serrated teeth

WASHINGTON - If you want to know the secret behind the success of Tyrannosaurus rex and its meat-eating dinosaur cousins, look no further than their teeth.  Full Article 

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Adapted motorbikes help disabled riders

A disabled Indonesian mechanic is improving the lives of locals by modifying motorcycles so that even those with no legs can easily mount and ride their bikes.  Video 

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Texas county releases video of Sandra Bland bond hearing jail

A Texas county seeks to dispel rumors surrounding the death of Sandra Bland, the black woman who was found hanged in a jail cell days after her arrest for a minor traffic offense. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)