Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State 3:49pm GMT

SURUC Turkey - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders.

A logo for Shell is seen on a garage forecourt in central London March 6, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Shell outpaces peers with profit growth

Royal Dutch Shell outpaces peers with a forecast-beating rise in quarterly profit and says it will spend heavily next year on key projects, even as oil majors prepare to weather the full impact of a sharp drop in oil prices.  Full Article 

A rig (L) surrounds the top of one of the chimneys of Battersea Power Station as demolition work is carried out, in London October 2, 2014. Developers are demolishing the art deco landmark's corroded chimneys and will replace them with replicas, as part of the re-development of the area. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Momentum in Britain's housing market eases

British house price growth eased for a second month in a row on an annual basis in October, adding to evidence that a previously rapid upturn in Britain's housing market is losing steam.  Full Article 

Survivors of the Ebola virus pose for a picture outside a clinic near Tubmanburg, October 15, 2014. REUTERS/James Giahyue

Why do some survive Ebola?

CHICAGO - An analysis of the first Ebola cases in Sierra Leone helps draw a clearer picture of why some people survive the disease, while others do not.  Full Article 

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Apple's Tim Cook says "proud to be gay"

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook publicly comes out as gay in an article in Bloomberg Businessweek, saying he wants to support others who find it difficult to reveal their sexual orientation.  Full Article 

The AeroMobil 3.0 is pictured during its world premiere at Hofburg Palace in Vienna October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Flying car prototype takes to the skies

The AeroMobil 3.0 is the latest prototype flying car that its makers hope will revolutionise the transport industry, with a top groundspeed of 200 kph and a flight travel range of about 700 kilometres.  Video 

Breakingviews: Barclays leverage risk

Barclays' Q3 results beat expectations, but the company’s revamp hinges on UK regulators not fast-tracking leverage targets, says Breakingviews' George Hay.