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U.S., backed by Arabs, launches first strikes on fighters in Syria
WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States and Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing dozens of Islamic State fighters and members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group, pursuing a campaign against militants into a war at the heart of the Middle East.
(Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:19:30 GMT)

Israel downs Syrian warplane it says violated its Golan airspace
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel shot down a Syrian warplane on Tuesday, saying the aircraft crossed the battle lines of Syria's civil war and flew over the Israeli-held Golan Heights, perhaps by accident.
(Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:12:17 GMT)

Ebola could strike 20,000 in six weeks, 'rumble on for years': study
GENEVA (Reuters) - 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 said on Tuesday.
(Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:06:10 GMT)

Israel says its troops kill Hamas men accused of slaying teens
HEBRON West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday and the military said they were members of Hamas responsible for the killing of three Israeli youths in June, an attack that led to the Gaza war.
(Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:15:01 GMT)

Norway's Yara, CF in talks to create $27 billion global fertilizer producer
OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's Yara and Chicago-based CF Industries are in talks about a merger of equals that could create a $27 billion global fertilizer producer, rivaling Canada's Potash Corp in size in a fragmented and oversupplied market.
(Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:02:32 GMT)

U.S., Iran seek common ground against militants, but doubts persist
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Whether Washington likes it or not, Shi'ite Iran, a key ally of the governments of Iraq and Syria, is all but certain to be a major player in the fight against the Sunni militants of Islamic State.
(Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:55:51 GMT)

Chinese court jails Uighur scholar for life for separatism
BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court on Tuesday jailed for life the country's most prominent advocate for the rights of Muslim Uighur people, a sentence that rights advocates said sent a clear signal that the government is determined to suppress dissent.
(Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:54:37 GMT)

Afghanistan's Karzai slams U.S., Pakistan in farewell speech
KABUL (Reuters) - Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday blamed the United States for his country's long war, a final swipe at the country that helped bring him to power 13 years ago but towards which he has become increasingly bitter.
(Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:57:48 GMT)

Euro zone business growth slows in September as prices keep sliding: PMI
LONDON (Reuters) - 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 showed on Tuesday.
(Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:51:17 GMT)

China September factory activity edges up but employment shrinks
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's manufacturing sector unexpectedly picked up some momentum in September even as factory employment slumped to a 5-1/2-year low, a potential source of worry for Communist leaders who prize social stability above all else.
(Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:53:10 GMT)

Philips to split off lighting business, form separate company
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Philips said on Tuesday it would break its 120-year-old company in two, creating a stand-alone lighting business and merge consumer and healthcare divisions into a 15-billion euro business.
(Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:02:30 GMT)

Argentina's Fernandez meets billionaire investor Soros in New York
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez met on Monday with Argentina bondholder and billionaire financier George Soros, who is suing a U.S. bank caught in the middle of the country's latest default.
(Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:25:20 GMT)

Islamic State posts video apparently of UK hostage criticizing war buildup
DUBAI (Reuters) - Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Tuesday that appears to show British journalist John Cantlie criticizing preparations for U.S-led attacks on the militant group, the SITE monitoring service reported.
(Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:50:59 GMT)

About 100 climate protesters arrested in march on Wall Street
NEW YORK (Reuters) - About 100 protesters were arrested on Monday in New York City during a demonstration that at one point blocked streets near the stock exchange to denounce what organizers say is Wall Street's contribution to climate change.
(Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:16:18 GMT)

Apple sells more than 10 million new iPhones in first three days
(Reuters) - Apple Inc said it sold more than 10 million iPhones in the first weekend after its new models went on sale on Friday, underscoring strong demand for phones with larger displays.
(Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:21:29 GMT)

French national taken in Algeria, group claims kidnapping
PARIS/ALGIERS (Reuters) - A French national was kidnapped in eastern Algeria on Sunday, France's foreign ministry said, and his kidnappers issued a video threatening to kill him if Paris did not halt its intervention in Iraq.
(Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:42:39 GMT)

Turkey struggles with spillover as Syrian Kurds battle Islamic State
MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Syrian Kurds battled to defend a key border town from an Islamic State advance on Monday as Kurdish youths from neighboring Turkey rushed to their aid, heightening the pressure on Ankara to act against the Islamist insurgents.
(Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:29:15 GMT)

White House intruder had 800 rounds of ammunition in car: prosecutor
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A decorated Iraq war veteran who scaled a fence on Friday night and got into the White House had more than 800 rounds of ammunition in his car and had been arrested in July with a sniper rifle and a map on which the executive mansion was marked, a federal prosecutor said on Monday.
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:16:16 GMT)

Apple sells more than 10 million new iPhones in first three days
(Reuters) - Apple Inc said it sold more than 10 million iPhones in the first weekend after its new models went on sale on Friday, underscoring strong demand for phones with larger displays.
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:07:17 GMT)

Plosser, hawkish chief of Philadelphia Fed, to retire in March
(Reuters) - Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Plosser, one of the sharpest internal critics of the central bank's loose monetary policy, will retire next year, in a departure that could ease pressure to raise interest rates more quickly.
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:45:37 GMT)

French national taken in Algeria, group claims kidnapping
PARIS/ALGIERS (Reuters) - A French national was kidnapped in eastern Algeria on Sunday, France's foreign ministry said, and his kidnappers issued a video threatening to kill him if Paris did not halt its intervention in Iraq.
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:32:16 GMT)

Climate protesters march on Wall Street, block street near NYSE
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters marched through New York City's financial district on Monday and blocked streets near the stock exchange to denounce Wall Street's role in raising money for businesses that contribute to climate change.
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:14:44 GMT)

Exclusive: U.S., France propose U.N. sanctions on foreign Islamist fighters
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A United Nations Security Council committee is considering requests by the United States and France to blacklist more than a dozen foreign extremist fighters, fundraisers and recruiters linked to Islamist militant groups in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tunisia and Yemen.
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:46:46 GMT)

U.S. existing home sales fall, investors pulling back
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home resales unexpectedly fell in August as investors stepped away from the market, but the decline probably does not signal renewed weakness.
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:37:01 GMT)

Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 21
(Reuters) - The number of deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors Co vehicles rose by two last week to 21, according to a report Monday from a lawyer overseeing a program to compensate victims of accidents caused by the recalled part.
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:32:00 GMT)

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