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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Asian share gains fade after China GDP, Europe could be brighter 7:29am BST

TOKYO - Asian shares languished after giving up small gains on Tuesday, as modest relief on data showing the Chinese economy grew slightly more than expected was replaced by lingering concerns of weakening momentum in the world's second-biggest economy.

(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 

An electronic information board displays cancelled flights at Frankfurt airport October 20, 2014.     REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

Is Europe's locomotive hitting the buffers?

Germany braces for more transport chaos as its pilots union extends a strike at Lufthansa to include long-haul flights after a weekend of disruption on the railways left millions of passengers stranded. Sara Hemrajani reports.  Video | Related Video 

Customers shop for vegetables at a Tesco Extra supermarket in Watford, north of London August 8, 2013.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

How to beat discounters at their own game

PARIS/BERLIN - The success of French retailers in stopping the advance of discounters in the last five years shows a way out of the crisis embroiling Britain's "big four" grocers. Their simple formula: fewer complex promotions and big price cuts across the board.  Full Article 

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 

Head of Radical Party Oleh Lyashko (L) speaks with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko in parliament in Kiev in this October 14, 2014.   REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

'Pitchfork' populist could be Ukraine's wild card

KIEV - He's not averse to taking a punch to the head if he can score a point but firebrand politician Oleh Lyashko strikes a chord with many in Ukraine and polls suggest President Petro Poroshenko may reluctantly have to seek his support after next Sunday's election  Full Article 

Packets of sugar are pictured in a storage room at the sugar refinery in Aarberg near Bern November 12, 2013.   REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Has sugar lost its sweet spot?

NEW YORK - The maker of America's top sugar brand Domino Sugar is launching its first no-calorie "natural" sweetener extracted from the stevia plant in Paraguay, the strongest sign yet that the upstart product is threatening to eat into raw-sugar demand.  Full Article