Parliament set to vote for Syria air strikes

LONDON Parliament is set to vote on Wednesday to approve air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria after months of wrangling over whether enough opposition Labour MPs would back military action.

British shop prices fall faster in November - BRC

LONDON A fall in British shop prices accelerated and was the joint weakest reading on record in November, the British Retail Consortium said on Wednesday, a latest sign that inflation is likely to remain subdued.

European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

UK more secure in EU - Labour's Johnson

Britain is better able to fight global terrorism as a member of the European Union, and voting to leave the bloc at an upcoming referendum would make the country less safe, the head of the opposition Labour Party's 'in' campaign says.  Full Article 

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Mixed fortunes for factories ahead of Fed

Manufacturing activity deteriorated across much of Asia in November, while European factories struggled to gather momentum. The data comes as markets brace for an expected imminent rise in U.S. interest rates that could jolt the global economy.  Video | Full Article 

Israeli police officers stand next to the covered body of a Palestinian man suspected of carrying out a running over and stabbing attack near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat, part of the Gush Etzion bloc October 20, 2015.   REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Israeli government, military disagree over unrest

JERUSALEM - Two months into a wave of stabbings, shootings and vehicle attacks by Palestinians targeting Israelis, gaps are emerging between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the military and intelligence chiefs over what is driving the violence.  Full Article 

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Safe sex emoticon for World AIDS day?

In the run-up to World AIDS day, designed to unite people around the world in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Durex launches a social media campaign "to create the first official safe-sex emoji", asking users to use #condomemoji.  Video | Full Article 

The sun is about to come up over the South Pacific Ocean in this colorful scene photographed by one of the Expedition 35 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station between 4 and 5 a.m. local time on May 5, 2013 and released on May 9, 2013.   NASA/Handout via Reuters

Satellite to search for ripples in space, time

An experimental satellite slated for launch on Wednesday will test a technique to detect ripples in space and across time, adding a new perspective for viewing and understanding the universe.  Full Article 

Unidentified wooden boat which was found in the sea off Noto Peninsula, is seen in Wajima, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo November 29, 2015.  REUTERS/Kyodo

North Korean ghost boats wash up in Japan

Fishing boats carrying decomposed corpses have washed ashore in Japan in recent weeks, leading to speculation they are rickety North Korean vessels that have strayed dangerously far from port under the impoverished nation's push to boost its catch.  Video | Full Article 

Homecoming in Lebanon

Officials and relatives of Lebanese captives seized 16 months ago celebrate their release by Al Qaeda's Syria wing, in exchange for jailed Islamists. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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