Syria extends offensive to retake territory in west

BEIRUT - Syrian troops and allied militia backed by a fresh wave of Russian air strikes and cruise missiles fired from warships attacked rebel forces on Thursday as the government extended an offensive to recapture territory in the west of the country. | Video

Blatter, Platini's suspension rocks world soccer

ZURICH - World soccer chief Sepp Blatter and European boss Michel Platini were suspended on Thursday, engulfed by a deepening corruption scandal as their sport faces criminal investigations in Switzerland and the United States.

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Less zoom, more gloom in German economy

German exports plunged in August and imports also fell sharply. It's the latest sign that Europe's largest economy is feeling the pain from a slowdown in emerging markets.  Video 

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China's pain is London property's gain

The top end of London's property market has been bouyant for some time, but some buyers worry what effect China's economic slowdown might have on the market. It could yet be good news for those trying to flog five million pound flats.  Video 

Striking employees of Air France demonstrate in front of the Air France headquarters building at the Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Roissy, near Paris, France, October 5, 2015.    REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Could Air France shrink like Alitalia?

PARIS/BERLIN - In 2008, air passenger demand was dipping, Gulf countries were building up their national fleets, and easyJet set up shop in Paris. Other European airlines cut routes and jobs in response. Air France did not. It has not made a profit since.  Full Article 

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a gala game opening a new season of the Night Ice Hockey League in Sochi, Russia, October 7, 2015.  REUTERS/Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Is 'Tsar Putin' as secure as he seems?

PARIS - Russian president Vladimir Putin has never appeared more confident and his grip on power never more secure. But some of Putin's former allies, those who have fallen from grace during his 15 years in power, paint a different picture.  Full Article 

Belarussian author Svetlana Alexievich attends a news conference in Minsk, Belarus, October 8, 2015.  REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Alexievich, chronicler of Soviet life, wins Nobel

STOCKHOLM - Belarussian author Svetlana Alexievich wins the Nobel Prize for Literature for her portrayal of life in the former Soviet Union which the Swedish Academy says is "a monument to suffering and courage in our time".  Video | Full Article 

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VW's top U.S. executive testifies in Congress

Volkswagen's Michael Horn says cheating on emissions was not a corporate decision, but something "individuals did." Fred Katayama reports.

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