Lightning, rain fail to deter resolute Hong Kong protesters

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HONG KONG - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the rain-soaked streets of Hong Kong early on Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal and vowed to press ahead with National Day celebrations. | Video

Wave of attacks in Shi'ite parts of Baghdad kill 35

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BAGHDAD - At least 35 people were killed in a wave of car bomb and mortar attacks in mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, Iraqi police and medical sources said.

A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria, in this U.S. Air Force handout photo taken early in the morning of September 23, 2014.  REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/Handout

Air strikes a problem for Assad's moderate foes

REYHANLI Turkey - U.S.-led air strikes against al Qaeda-inspired militants in Syria pose a problem for moderate rebel opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.  Full Article 

A U.S. flag flies over the skyline of lower Manhattan in New York July 11, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Looking beyond Europe for growth

Britain's economy is on the up - latest figures show it's doing better than estimated. As Hayley Platt reports, a drive to seek new markets outside Europe could further boost UK growth.  Video 

A PayPal sign is seen at an office building in San Jose, California May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

EBay plans PayPal spinoff in 2015

EBay plans next year to spin off PayPal, its fast-growing payments business, giving in to activist investor Carl Icahn's argument for a leaner company better equipped to compete in the competitive mobile payments market.  Full Article 

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New fabric promises germ-free hospital

A children's burn unit in Chile is using a newly developed copper-based material in its hospital gowns that limits the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses, creating a safer environment for patients and doctors. Elly Park reports.  Video 

German airline Lufthansa aircraft are pictured at Munich's airport September 19, 2014.  REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Unions fight reform at European airlines

As one pilots' strike in Europe ends another begins. This time Lufthansa pilots are staging a 15-hour stoppage in Germany. After the costly strike at Air France Hayley Platt looks at the challenges facing the flagship carriers.  Video | Full Article 

Villagers harvest wheat in a field in Albu Efan, southwest of Falluja, 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, in this May 2, 2008 file photo.    REUTERS/Mohanned Faisal/Files

Islamic State uses grain to tighten grip in Iraq

SHEKHAN, Iraq - Islamic State now controls a large chunk of Iraq’s wheat supplies. The militants seem intent not just on grabbing more land but also on managing resources and governing in their self-proclaimed caliphate.  Full Article 

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal (R) and his assistant Ryan Giggs react during their English Premier League soccer match against Leicester City at the King Power stadium in Leicester, northern England September 21, 2014.  REUTERS/Darren Staples

Man United consider extra friendlies

Not involved in European competition and knocked out of the League Cup, Manchester United are considering playing midweek friendlies abroad to help manager Louis van Gaal prepare for Premier League matches.  Full Article | Related Story