An F/A-18C Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) to conduct strike missions against ISIL targets, in the Arabian Gulf in this U.S. Navy handout photograph provided September 23, 2014. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert Burck/Handout via Reuters

U.S. and Arabs launch first strikes on fighters in Syria

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT - The U.S. and Arab allies bomb Syria for the first time, killing dozens of Islamic State fighters and members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group, pursuing a campaign against militants into a war at the heart of the Middle East.  Full Article 

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Barclays fined 38 million pounds for client fund failings 12:05pm BST

LONDON - British bank Barclays was fined 38 million pounds on Tuesday for exposing customers to unnecessary risks by failing to ensure client assets were properly safeguarded and adequate records kept.

People walk past a retail store having a sale in Rome August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Euro zone business growth slows

Euro zone business activity has expanded at a slightly weaker pace than expected in September as firms cut prices for the 30th month in a row, a survey shows.  Full Article 

The logo of AstraZeneca is seen on a medication package in a pharmacy in London April 28, 2014 REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

AstraZeneca shares fall after U.S. tax move

Shares in drugmakers AstraZeneca and Shire both fall more than 5 percent after the U.S. Treasury took steps to curb 'inversion' deals that allow companies to escape high U.S. taxes by reincorporating abroad.  Full Article | Related Story 

Mohamed A. El-Erian takes part in a panel discussion titled "Global Markets in Uncertain Times" at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California April 29, 2013.  REUTERS/Fred Prouser

El-Erian would have done things "differently"

NEW YORK - Mohamed El-Erian expected to go quietly. The one-time heir apparent to Pimco investment chief Bill Gross had no idea leaving the firm would create a fire storm. "If I had known... I would've done a lot of things differently," he tells Reuters.  Full Article 

Traders work at their desks in front of the German share price index DAX board and a banner reading 'Deutsche Boerse Welcomes Ultrasonic' at the Frankfurt stock exchange December 9, 2011. REUTERS/Remote/Kirill Iordansky

In Frankfurt, China dream turns to nightmare

FRANKFURT - When Deutsche Boerse set off to lure Chinese companies to Germany, it dreamed of one day landing a giant like Alibaba. But the exchange operator is licking its wounds after a raft of scandals involving Chinese firms listed in Frankfurt.  Full Article 

A school official takes a pupil's temperature using an infrared digital laser thermometer in front of the school premises, at the resumption of private schools, in Lagos September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

Ebola could strike 20,000 in six weeks

GENEVA - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect 20,000 people as soon as early November unless rigorous infection control measures are implemented, and might "rumble on" for years in a holding pattern, researchers say.  Full Article | Video 

Secretary-General Hassan Al-Thawadi (3rd L) of Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the nation's 2022 World Cup organising committee, speaks during a news conference to announce the start of work on the Al-Khor Stadium in Al-Khor June 21, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous

Qatar adamant it will host World Cup

Qatar remains adamant it will host the 2022 football World Cup despite a FIFA Executive Committee member suggesting that the tournament would have to move because of scorching temperatures.  Full Article | Related Story