MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin assured Russians on Thursday that the economy would rebound after the rouble's dramatic slide this year but offered no remedy for a deepening financial crisis. | Video
NEW YORK - Global crude oil prices slumped anew on Thursday, a day after a short-covering rally, as traders placed fresh bets the market would resume a six-month rout on worries about a supply glut.
The Swiss National Bank announces a negative interest rate for the first time since the 1970s, hoping that by forcing banks to pay to deposit francs it can stem a flight to the safe-haven currency sparked by euro zone fears and the crisis in Russia. Video | Full Article
British investment managers have increased exposure to stocks in December as prospects for monetary stimulus in Europe and Japan and economic recovery in the United States and Britain bode well for corporate profits, a Reuters poll shows. Full Article
(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Amateur video, which Reuters cannot independently verify, purports to show Islamic State fighters targeting Syrian regime sites around Deir al-Zor military airport. Vanessa Johnston reports.