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Tesco cuts profit outlook again and suspends staff after accounting error

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LONDON - Accounting mistakes in supplier contracts forced Tesco to suspend its UK boss along with three other senior executives and cut its profit outlook for the third time in two months, dealing another major blow to the world's No. 3 retailer. | Video

Frenchman says has been kidnapped by Islamic State offshoot in Algeria - video

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PARIS - A French man purported to have been kidnapped in Algeria on Sunday appeared in a video on Monday saying he had been kidnapped by an Algeria-based Islamic State splinter group the Caliphate Soldiers.

A branch of drugs and chemicals group Merck is pictured in central German city of Darmstadt March 7, 2012. REUTERS/Alex Domanski

Merck to buy Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion

FRANKFURT - Drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA says it has agreed to acquire Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion in cash to boost its Merck Millipore lab supplies business in the biggest takeover in the German group's history, lifting its shares.  Full Article 

Members of the Mehdi Army, loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, clash with Islamic State (IS) militants outside the city of Tikrit September 8, 2014. Picture taken September 8, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Islamic State forces Middle East re-think

DUBAI - For decades the opposing poles of Middle East power politics, Saudi Arabia and Iran may be driven to set aside at least some of their differences by the rise of a mutual enemy: Islamic State.  Full Article 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls pose for photographers after a news conference in Berlin September 22, 2014 .         REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Valls tells Germans France isn't EU's 'sick child'

BERLIN - France's Manuel Valls uses his first visit to Berlin as prime minister to try to convince Germany his government is serious about making its economy more competitive, declaring that France "is not the sick child of Europe".  Full Article | Video 

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Ethiopia banks on seeds to boost food security

Ethiopia has introduced a program to improve food security that combines scientific knowledge with local know how, as new community-based seed banks and training centres try to help farmers meet their basic needs and increase agricultural output. Joel Flynn reports.  Video 

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Pulse device helps the blind

Hungarian engineers have created Aurora, a prototype device to help blind people detect obstacles as they walk, via an ultrasonic distance sensor and vibration motor. Elly Park reports.  Video 

An advertisement for the e-cigarette brand blu is seen on the window of a store in New York May 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Cancer patients fuel e-cigarette debate

The fierce debate over whether e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking takes another twist as a research paper on their use by cancer patients is criticized as flawed.  Full Article 

Europe Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley (L) and U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson shake hands during a news conference ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 22, 2014.  REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Beware glint in Watson's eye, McGinley warns

GLENEAGLES Scotland - Paul McGinley rates his Ryder Cup team as one of the strongest assembled by Europe but he will be mindful this week of the special influence rival captain Tom Watson can exert on his United States side.  Full Article