An armoured vehicle belonging to the Iraqi army patrols in Jurf al-Sakhar October 25, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi security forces and Kurds gain ground

BAGHDAD/ARBIL Iraq - Iraqi government forces and Shi'ite militias seized control of the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhar near Baghdad from Islamic State and Kurdish fighters made gains in the north after heavy coalition air strikes against the Sunni militants.  Full Article 


ECB faces test of its own as Europe braces for landmark banking review 3:20am GMT

FRANKFURT - After putting the euro zone's top 130 banks through their paces, the European Central Bank will face a test of its own on Sunday - will its landmark health check succeed in convincing investors the region's lenders are safe?


Ebola death toll tops 4,900 as virus spreads - WHO

1:19am GMT

GENEVA - The death toll from the Ebola epidemic rose to 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases in eight countries through Oct. 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. | Video


Washington state teen shooter's family living in 'nightmare'

1:17am GMT

MARYSVILLE Wash. - Relatives of a Washington state teen accused of a high school shooting rampage said on Saturday that they were living in a "nightmare" and struggling to understand why the boy targeted his two cousins and several friends before killing himself.


War-weary Ukraine set to pick pro-Western parliament in election

1:15am GMT

KIEV - War-weary Ukrainians are set to pick a pro-Western and nationalist-leaning parliament on Sunday that should give President Petro Poroshenko a mandate to end separatist conflict in the east, but may inject new tension into ties with Russia. | Video


Labour suffers setback as leader in Scotland quits

25 Oct 2014

LONDON - The head of Britain's opposition Labour party in Scotland has unexpectedly quit, further unsettling the party in one of its heartlands and posing a new problem for leader Ed Miliband ahead of national elections in May next year.


Anti-Occupy mob roughs up Hong Kong journalists

25 Oct 2014

HONG KONG - Three journalists were roughed up on Saturday evening in Hong Kong after being confronted by pro-government protesters holding a rally to oppose a four-week long "Occupy" movement of the financial hub's streets by pro-democracy demonstrators.


Brazil's election too close to call on eve of runoff

12:25am BST

BRASILIA - President Dilma Rousseff is heading into Sunday's presidential runoff vote with a slight lead in most polls over opposition candidate Aecio Neves, setting the stage for Brazil's tightest election in decades. | Video

'Thousands more' U.S. troops to join Liberia Ebola mission

Thousands more U.S. soldiers are to join the American mission to fight Ebola in Liberia, the incoming head of the troops says; as a ship loaded with aid arrives at the sea port of Buchanan. Vanessa Johnston reports.