A convoy of peshmerga vehicles is escorted by Turkish Kurds on their way to the Turkish-Syrian border, in Kiziltepe near the southeastern city of Mardin October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

SURUC,Turkey/BEIRUT - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters enters the besieged Syrian town of Kobani to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders.  Full Article 

A rig (L) surrounds the top of one of the chimneys of Battersea Power Station as demolition work is carried out, in London October 2, 2014. Developers are demolishing the art deco landmark's corroded chimneys and will replace them with replicas, as part of the re-development of the area. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Momentum in Britain's housing market eases

British house price growth eased for a second month in a row on an annual basis in October, adding to evidence that a previously rapid upturn in Britain's housing market is losing steam.  Full Article 

A logo for Shell is seen on a garage forecourt in central London March 6, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Shell beats third-quarter forecasts

Royal Dutch Shell's quarterly profit rises by almost a third, beating forecasts and adding to what has been a robust three months for European oil majors, who have yet to feel the full impact of a sharp drop in oil prices.  Full Article 

A tour bus passes the United States Federal Reserve Board building (rear) in Washington October 28, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Fed shows confidence in U.S. recovery

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve ends its monthly bond purchase programme and drops a characterisation of U.S. labour market slack as "significant" in a show of confidence in the economy's prospects.  Full Article | Video 

A man tries out a Samsung Electronics Galaxy Note Edge during the 2014 Korea Electronics Show in Goyang October 17, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Samsung's incredible shrinking profits

The world's top mobile maker is under severe pressure, delivering a 60 percent drop in third-quarter profit as its handset business struggles. Turning it around may not prove easy.  Video | Full Article 

Survivors of the Ebola virus pose for a picture outside a clinic near Tubmanburg, October 15, 2014. REUTERS/James Giahyue

Why do some survive Ebola?

CHICAGO - An analysis of the first Ebola cases in Sierra Leone helps draw a clearer picture of why some people survive the disease, while others do not.  Full Article 

The AeroMobil 3.0 is pictured during its world premiere at Hofburg Palace in Vienna October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Flying car prototype takes to the skies

The AeroMobil 3.0 is the latest prototype flying car that its makers hope will revolutionise the transport industry, with a top groundspeed of 200 kph and a flight travel range of about 700 kilometres.  Video 

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