A man inspects the remains of what Islamist State militants say was a U.S. drone which crashed in Raqqa September 23, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer

U.S. launches first strikes on fighters in Syria

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT - The United States launches air and missile strikes with Arab allies in Syria for the first time, killing dozens of Islamic State fighters and members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group, and widening its new war in the Middle East.  Full Article 


FCA fines Barclays 38 million pounds for client fund failings 10:59am BST

LONDON - Britain's financial watchdog said on Tuesday it had fined Barclays 38 million pounds for failing to ensure that customer money was properly safeguarded and adequate records kept.

People walk past a retail store having a sale in Rome August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Euro zone business growth slows

Euro zone business activity has expanded at a slightly weaker pace than expected in September as firms cut prices for the 30th month in a row, a survey shows.  Full Article 

The logo of AstraZeneca is seen on a medication package in a pharmacy in London April 28, 2014 REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

AstraZeneca shares fall after U.S. tax move

Shares in drugmakers AstraZeneca and Shire both fall more than 5 percent after the U.S. Treasury took steps to curb 'inversion' deals that allow companies to escape high U.S. taxes by reincorporating abroad.  Full Article | Related Story 

Mohamed A. El-Erian takes part in a panel discussion titled "Global Markets in Uncertain Times" at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California April 29, 2013.  REUTERS/Fred Prouser

El-Erian would have done things "differently"

NEW YORK - Mohamed El-Erian expected to go quietly. The one-time heir apparent to Pimco investment chief Bill Gross had no idea leaving the firm would create a fire storm. "If I had known... I would've done a lot of things differently," he tells Reuters.  Full Article 

Traders work at their desks in front of the German share price index DAX board and a banner reading 'Deutsche Boerse Welcomes Ultrasonic' at the Frankfurt stock exchange December 9, 2011. REUTERS/Remote/Kirill Iordansky

In Frankfurt, China dream turns to nightmare

FRANKFURT - When Deutsche Boerse set off to lure Chinese companies to Germany, it dreamed of one day landing a giant like Alibaba. But the exchange operator is licking its wounds after a raft of scandals involving Chinese firms listed in Frankfurt.  Full Article 

A school official takes a pupil's temperature using an infrared digital laser thermometer in front of the school premises, at the resumption of private schools, in Lagos September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

Ebola could strike 20,000 in six weeks

GENEVA - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect 20,000 people as soon as early November unless rigorous infection control measures are implemented, and might "rumble on" for years in a holding pattern, researchers say.  Full Article | Video 

Secretary-General Hassan Al-Thawadi (3rd L) of Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the nation's 2022 World Cup organising committee, speaks during a news conference to announce the start of work on the Al-Khor Stadium in Al-Khor June 21, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous

Qatar adamant it will host World Cup

Qatar remains adamant it will host the 2022 football World Cup despite a FIFA Executive Committee member suggesting that the tournament would have to move because of scorching temperatures.  Full Article | Related Story 

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China increasingly producing "tools of torture" for export - Amnesty

Amnesty International says dozens of Chinese firms are producing and exporting "tools of torture" to countries with bad human rights records. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).