Outgoing European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso speaks before signing a Partnership Agreement between the European Union (EU) and Hungary at the Hungarian parliament in Budapest September 11, 2014. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Don't alienate your EU friends, Barroso tells UK

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso will today issue a plea to Britain not to isolate itself in Europe by picking fights over immigration, saying that European Union membership boosts British international clout.  Full Article 

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HSBC fall weighs on FTSE as rebound loses steam 9:38am BST

LONDON - Britain's top equity index slipped on Monday, as last week's bounce off 15-month lows faded and a dip in the shares of global bank HSBC pegged back the market.

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Spanish Ebola nurse appears clear of disease

MADRID - The Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for two infected priests in a Madrid hospital, becoming the first person to contract the virus outside West Africa, appears to have overcome the deadly disease, the government says.  Full Article | Video 

An electronic information board shows cancelled flights at Cologne-Bonn airport October 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Lufthansa strike extended to long-haul flights

FRANKFURT - German pilots union VC widens its strike at Lufthansa to include long-haul flights, having previously targeted only the carrier's short and medium-haul routes.  Full Article 

Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi attends a news conference at her ministry in Tokyo October 20, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Abe loses two female ministers in one day

TOKYO - Japan's new trade and industry minister quits over a funding scandal and the justice minister resigns after being accused of violating electoral laws, dealing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe his biggest setback since taking office in 2012.  Video | Full Article 

Comet C/2013 A1, also known as Siding Spring, is seen after filtering as captured by Wide Field Camera 3 on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in this image released October 19, 2014. REUTERS/NASA/ESA/J.-Y. Li/Handout via Reuters

Comet makes rare close pass by Mars

NEW YORK - A comet from the outer reaches of the solar system has made a rare, close pass by Mars with a fleet of robotic science probes poised for studies.  Full Article 

Pope Francis greets cardinals at the end of a mass for the beatification of former pope Paul VI in St. Peter's square at the Vatican October 19, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Church should not fear change, pope says

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges.  Video | Full Article