DUBLIN - Three years after going cap in hand to international lenders to avert bankruptcy, Ireland has officially ended its bailout in a landmark for the euro zone's efforts to resolve its debt crisis.
LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives have halved the opposition Labour Party's lead to 4 points and are more trusted by voters to handle the economy, a poll showed on Friday.
BAQUBA, Iraq - Masked gunmen shot dead 18 oil and gas workers, most of them Iranians, outside the northeastern Iraqi town of Muqdadiya on Friday, witnesses and officials said.
VIENNA/MOSCOW - A breakthrough agreement to end the standoff over Iran's nuclear programme appeared to face its first major difficulty on Friday with Russia warning that expanding a U.S. sanctions blacklist could seriously complicate its implementation.
LONDON - British construction output grew solidly in October, led by the biggest rise in housebuilding in more than two years, official data showed on Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO - Qualcomm Inc , the world's biggest maker of cellphone chips, unexpectedly named Chief Operating Officer Steve Mollenkopf as chief executive on Friday, heading off the possibility he might be poached to run Microsoft Corp .
Dec. 13 - Local media reports there has been a shooting and a fire at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Uncertainty over U.S. government spending, debt and taxes has consistently emerged in business sentiment surveys as the biggest single factor holding back corporate investment and damaging financial confidence. Why then did Wall Street celebrate the budget breakthrough with its biggest daily fall in two months? Commentary
Prices and rationing are generally effective tools for economic management. Not in healthcare. The U.S. pricing system is chaotic and British rationing has created a bureaucratic monster. But the two contrasting models are both valid – and could be made to work better. Commentary
An increasingly assertive African Union wanted to deploy forces in the Central African Republic rather than use U.N. troops. Wealthy nations are funding a poorly-equipped regional peacekeeping force instead of authorizing more costly U.N. troops. It reflects new political realities in Africa, Europe and the U.S. Commentary
Uruguay is first to legalise the marijuana trade, with production from co-ops, sales to locals only and prices fixed. Relaxing such restrictions, however, could really spark up the economy. The Dutch did well from cannabis tourism, but agribusiness could be the winner in Uruguay. Commentary
Josh Benton of the Nieman Journalism Lab writes in, asking for a 2014 prediction for the world of news. My answer: 2014 is going to be the year of a big debate about what news is - and especially about whether and how news organisations can ethically report on activity in the virtual world. Commentary
Deutsche Bank and Barclays are most at risk from U.S. regulations forcing foreign lenders to hold more funds. But a restructuring could provide a workaround, says Breakingviews. Video
SANAA - The United States says its drone programme has been successful in eliminating members of al Qaeda in various countries. But some Yemenis, and some U.S. politicians, say the strikes and civilian casualties are increasing sympathy for al Qaeda and resentment against America. Full Article