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Business activity improves in China, euro zone but little sign of turnaround
LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) - Euro zone businesses performed much better than forecasters expected this month and China's vast factory sector grew a shade faster but there were worrying signs that the upturn could be short-lived.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:47:09 GMT)

Special Report: Why Ukraine's revolution remains unfinished
KIEV (Reuters) - In the afternoon of February 20, after the morning’s dead had been cleared away, Volodymyr Melnychuk arrived outside Kiev’s October palace.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:39:38 GMT)

U.S. prosecutors probe Takata Corp over statements: WSJ
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. federal prosecutors are trying to determine whether Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp misled U.S. regulators about the number of defective air bags it sold to automakers, including Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co Ltd , The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:35:32 GMT)

Eight Pakistani Shi'ites killed in sectarian attack
QUETTA Pakistan (Reuters) - Eight Shi'ite members of Pakistan's ethnic Hazara minority were killed, and one wounded, on Thursday, after gunmen opened fire on a bus in the volatile province of Baluchistan, police said.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:05:55 GMT)

Europe's banks face moment of truth from ECB review
LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - At around noon on Thursday, the euro zone's 130 biggest banks will receive the European Central Bank's final verdict on their finances after a review aimed at drawing a line under persistent doubts about the health of the region's banking sector.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:02:20 GMT)

U.S.-led air strikes killed 521 fighters, 32 civilians in Syria: monitor
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 521 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursday.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:32:58 GMT)

Mexico says mayor, wife were behind student-teacher disappearances
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Mexican mayor and his wife were "probable masterminds" behind the disappearance of 43 student-teachers last month in the restive southwest, the country's attorney general said on Wednesday.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:02:12 GMT)

At U.N., China asked to back rights case against North Korea
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The chief U.N. investigator into human rights cases in North Korea said on Wednesday he has appealed to China to support calls to refer Pyongyang's actions to The Hague on suspicion of crimes against humanity.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:52:41 GMT)

Canada PM vows crackdown after capital shocked by fatal attacks
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed to redouble the country's fight against "terrorist organizations" abroad after a reported convert to Islam rampaged through parliament, shocking the usually tranquil capital city.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:22:57 GMT)

Man arrested after jumping White House fence, causing lockdown
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man jumped the White House fence on Wednesday evening and was attacked by Secret Service dogs before being arrested, a Secret Service spokesman said.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:30:15 GMT)

Man arrested after jumping White House fence, causing lockdown
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man jumped the White House fence on Wednesday evening and was attacked by Secret Service dogs before being arrested, a Secret Service spokesman said.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:29:59 GMT)

Suspended South Carolina speaker to plead guilty to ethics charges: report
CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - Suspended South Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Bobby Harrell is expected to plead guilty to criminal ethics charges related to misuse of campaign money and misconduct in office, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday.
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:31:02 GMT)

Palestinian driver rams Jerusalem station killing baby
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A baby died and eight other people were hurt when a Palestinian man slammed his car into pedestrians at a Jerusalem light railway stop, then police shot the driver as he fled, police and a hospital official said.
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:57:48 GMT)

Man jumps White House fence, causes lockdown
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man jumped the White House fence on Wednesday and was attacked by Secret Service dogs, a Secret Service spokesman said.
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:46:20 GMT)

Canada's parliament attacked, soldier fatally shot nearby
OTTAWA (Reuters) - A gunman attacked Canada's parliament on Wednesday, with gunfire erupting near where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was fatally shot at a nearby war memorial, stunning the Canadian capital.
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:38:58 GMT)

AT&T revenue misses forecasts as more customers bring own phones
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc on Wednesday reported a rise in quarterly revenue, but the increase was less than Wall Street expected as a wave of subscribers plugged into the network using pre-purchased devices.
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:28:44 GMT)

Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town
ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers approved a plan on Wednesday to send fighters to the Syrian town of Kobani to relieve fellow Kurds under attack by Islamic State militants, marking the semi-autonomous region's first military foray into Syria's war.
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:14:50 GMT)

Mexico says mayor, wife were behind student-teacher disappearances
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Mexican mayor and his wife were "probable masterminds" behind the disappearance of 43 student teachers last month in the restive southwest, the country's attorney general said on Wednesday.
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:13:41 GMT)

U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States imposed new constraints on Wednesday on people entering the country from three nations at the center of West Africa's Ebola epidemic, mandating that they report their temperature daily and stay in touch with health authorities.
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:12:57 GMT)

Blast outside Cairo University wounds 11: Officials
CAIRO (Reuters) - A bomb outside Cairo University wounded 11 people on Wednesday, among them several police officers, Egyptian officials said.
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:55:35 GMT)

At U.N., China asked to back human rights case against North Korea
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The chief U.N. investigator into human rights cases in North Korea said on Wednesday he has appealed to China to support calls to refer Pyongyang's actions to The Hague on suspicion of crimes against humanity.
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:40:38 GMT)

Probe: Athletes took fake classes at University of North Carolina
RALEIGH N.C. (Reuters) - More than 3,000 students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received credit for fake classes over an 18-year period as part of a program that allowed many of them to remain eligible to play sports, according to a report released on Wednesday.
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:40:27 GMT)

U.S. Court hears arguments on sex discrimination at Goldman Sachs
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group on Wednesday attacked expert evidence offered by attorneys for former female employees in a U.S. federal sex discrimination lawsuit, arguing there was no pattern of gender-based pay and promotion disparities at the bank.
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:32:58 GMT)

U.S. jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal jury found three American former Blackwater guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges on Wednesday and a fourth of murder in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle.
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:01:04 GMT)

Suspected serial killer charged in another murder in Indiana
CROWN POINT Ind. (Reuters) - Suspected serial killer Darren Vann, who was arrested on Saturday and charged in the murder of a young woman whose body was found in a motel in Indiana, was charged on Wednesday in the murder of another woman, prosecutors said.
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:20:45 GMT)

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