The Bank of England told British banks they will need to hold more capital to guard against the risks of bad loans, but the new measures were less stringent than many had expected. Full Article
SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish forces in Turkey rolled late on Friday across the border into Syria to help Syrian Kurds defend the besieged town of Kobani that has become the focus of a Western-backed war against Islamic State insurgents. | Video
MOSCOW - Russia could resume natural gas deliveries to Ukraine as soon as next week if Kiev pays $2.2 billion (1.4 billion pounds) in debt and pre-payments, gas exporter Gazprom said on Friday, under a deal that also safeguards winter deliveries to Europe. | Video
FORT KENT Maine - Declaring Ebola fears in the United States "not entirely rational," a judge rejected Maine's bid for a quarantine on a nurse who treated victims of the disease in West Africa but tested negative for it, and instead imposed limited restrictions. | Video
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Iran's foreign minister and the European Union foreign policy chief in Oman on Nov. 9-10 to discuss the Iranian nuclear issue ahead of a looming deadline for a final agreement, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.
SANAA - Shi'ite Houthi rebels set an ultimatum on Friday for Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to form a government in 10 days or face "other options", raising the tension in a political standoff that has crippled the country.
LONDON - A major public inquiry into the British state's failure to stop decades of child sex abuse, and whether political figures tried to cover it up, was in chaos on Friday after the second head of the investigation quit before it has even started work.
TOKYO - The Bank of Japan shocked global financial markets on Friday by expanding its massive stimulus spending in a stark admission that economic growth and inflation have not picked up as much as expected after a sales tax hike in April. | Video
As Occupy Central digs in, Hong Kong companies are finding speaking out is a recipe for disaster, and as businesses weigh the costs silence is often the preferred policy. Video
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