A construction site of high-rise buildings is seen in the middle of the city in Shenyang, Liaoning province October 16, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

China's growth slowest since global crisis

BEIJING - China grew at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis in the September quarter and risks missing its official target for the first time in 15 years, adding to concerns the world's second-largest economy is becoming a drag on global growth.  Full Article 

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Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow as jet hits snow plough 9:28am BST

MOSCOW - The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plough as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night.

Dominique Goubault, CEO of Goubault Imprimeur, poses inside his factory in La Chapelle-Sur-Erdre near Nantes, October 20, 2014.  REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Hollande takes on '50th worker' reform

PARIS - Of all the decisions that Dominique Goubault says have helped to keep his 117-year-old family business alive, one in particular raises eyebrows: limiting his staff numbers to 49 or fewer.  Full Article 

Vitamins made by Shire are displayed at a chemist's in northwest London July 11, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

AbbVie says acquisition of Shire officially dead

U.S. drugmaker AbbVie says it has reached agreement with Shire to officially call off its proposed $55 billion purchase of the Irish company, and will pay Shire a $1.64 billion breakup fee.  Full Article 

A man has his temperature taken using an infrared digital laser thermometer at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, August 11, 2014. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Exit screening vital to halt global Ebola spread

Three Ebola-infected travellers a month would be expected to get on international flights from the West African countries suffering epidemics of the deadly virus if there were no effective exit screening, scientists say.  Full Article 

(L-R) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are photographed as they participate in a trilateral meeting in Vienna October 15, 2014.    REUTERS/Carolyn Kaster/Pool

Iran offers "compromises" in nuclear talks

ANKARA/NEW YORK - Iran is pushing what it portrays as a new compromise proposal in nuclear talks, but Western negotiators say it offers no viable concessions, underscoring how far apart the two sides are as they enter crunch time.  Full Article 

Apple CEO Tim Cook stands in front of a screen displaying the IPhone 6 during a presentation at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California October 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Apple's iPhone sales beat targets

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple forecasts a strong holiday quarter after a better-than-expected 16 percent jump in iPhone sales, and the strongest growth in Mac computer shipments in years helps the company surpass Wall Street's targets.  Full Article | Video 

Swedish minesweeper HMS Koster patrols the waters of the Stockholm archipelago, October 19, 2014.  REUTERS/Marko Saavala/TT News Agency

Sweden's nerves over Russia exposed

STOCKHOLM - It has all the makings of a Cold War thriller, an emergency military deployment with stealth ships and helicopters hunting for a foreign submarine in the Stockholm archipelago. But there are concerns over Russia's intentions in the Baltic Sea.  Full Article