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Wednesday, 7:27 AM
By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Support for Islamic State increased after U.S. airstrikes began in Iraq and the militant group may take more hostages to try to force concessions from Washington, the FBI director told Congress on Wednesday. Islamic State is "committed to instilling fear and attracting recruits" and to drawing public attention, as shown through its use of social media and in videos it released of the beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, said FBI Director James Comey. ...
Wednesday, 5:35 AM
By Angus MacSwan and Guy Faulconbridge EDINBURGH (Reuters) - On the eve of Scotland's historic referendum, polls showed support for staying in the United Kingdom just ahead of backing for independence but tens of thousands of citizens were still agonizing over which way to vote on Thursday. Leaders and supporters of both sides took to the streets on Wednesday for a final day of campaigning in a country gripped by excitement and hope balanced by a strong measure of dread and concern. Voters will be asked to answer "Yes" or "No" to the question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?". ...
Wednesday, 7:29 AM
By Rupam Jain Nair AHMEDABAD India (Reuters) - The "world's factory" and the "world's back office" could together drive global economic growth, Chinese President Xi Jinping said as he began a rare visit to India on Wednesday, playing down mistrust that has long kept the Asian giants apart. India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, is determined to build closer relations with the world's second-largest economy, whose leader arrived on Modi's 64th birthday armed with pledges to invest billions of dollars in railways, industrial parks and roads. ...
Wednesday, 7:59 AM
Edinburgh (AFP) - Campaigners for and against Scottish independence scrambled for votes on Wednesday on the eve of a knife-edge referendum that will either see Scotland break away from the United Kingdom or gain sweeping new powers with greater autonomy.
Wednesday, 7:44 AM
By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A rising number of U.S. states have strengthened laws to combat human trafficking in the past year but programs to help victims of forced prostitution and labor are lagging behind, according to a report by an anti-slavery group on Wednesday. Thirty-nine of the 50 U.S. states scored well in the 2014 ranking by the non-government organization Polaris Project that measures sex and labor trafficking measures across the United States. This was an increase of seven states from 2013. ...... read more
Wednesday, 7:39 AM
Urumqi (China) (AFP) - Chinese authorities put a prominent scholar from the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority on trial for separatism Wednesday as critics warned the prosecution will worsen tensions in violence-wracked Xinjiang.
Wednesday, 8:07 AM
LONDON (Reuters) - Europe Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley says his proud team will embrace being the favorites when the 40th edition gets underway at Gleneagles next week after overturning years of United States dominance. "As much as we are favorites, we're proud of it and embrace it," the Irishman told Sky Sports. "We're under no illusions the task ahead of us is strong and we're going to have to play very well if we are going to win the Ryder Cup. ...
Wednesday, 8:05 AM
(Reuters) - The National Football League and the union representing its players have agreed to a revised drug policy that includes HGH testing starting this season, the two sides said on Wednesday. The formal agreement, which should see HGH (Human Growth Hormone) testing begin by the end of the month, comes nearly a week after the players' union agreed to terms for a new policy following a vote by player representatives. (Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; editing by Ken Ferris)
Wednesday, 3:40 AM
By Keith Weir LONDON (Reuters) - The NFL roadshow rolls into London again next week for the first of three games designed to build its international fan base and lay the foundations for a team in the British capital. The Oakland Raiders face the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on Sept. 28 and the home of English soccer will stage a further two NFL clashes over the autumn. The NFL has been playing regular season games in London since 2007 but the interest among European fans means that another fixture has been added this year. "We're playing at Wembley with an 84,000 capacity. ...... read more
Wednesday, 8:07 AM
Wednesday, 8:02 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Ã¢Â€Â” It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy.
Wednesday, 8:00 AM
CHICAGO (AP) Ã¢Â€Â” The following 21 fellows will each receive $625,000 over the next five years from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation:.. read more
Wednesday, 7:45 AM
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Housing stocks were solidly outperforming the broader market in the early stages of trading on Wednesday, in the wake of earnings from homebuilder Lennar Corp and upbeat data on the housing market. Lennar shares were trading 6.2 percent higher to $41.56, making it the best performer on the S&P 500 and putting it on track for its biggest one-day gain since December 2013. Lennar, the second largest U.S. homebuilder, reported a better-than-expected 47 percent jump in quarterly profit as it sold more homes at higher prices. ...
Wednesday, 7:42 AM
By Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boeing Co appears increasingly likely to boost production of its top-selling 737 jetliners to 52 a month starting in 2018 after the head of its commercial airplanes business spoke about that possibility on Tuesday. "Our focus today would be around a 52-a-month rate in (737 production) somewhere in that 2018 time frame," Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Officer Ray Conner told an investor conference held by Morgan Stanley. "Now, I can tell you that the demand is there for those airplanes, significant demand. ...
Wednesday, 7:39 AM
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer prices fell for the first time in nearly 1-1/2 years in August and underlying inflation pressures were muted, which could lessen the urgency for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. The Labor Department said on Wednesday its Consumer Price Index dropped 0.2 percent last month as a broad decline in energy prices offset increases in food and shelter costs. It was the first decline since April last year and followed a 0.1 percent gain in July. Economists had forecast consumer prices being flat in August. ...
Wednesday, 8:05 AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The largest-ever outbreak of Ebola could drain billions of dollars from economies in West Africa by the end of next year if the epidemic is not contained, the World Bank said in an analysis on Wednesday. The global development lender predicted that slow containment of the deadly virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could lead to broader regional contagion, particularly through tourism and trade. Under the worst-case scenario, Guinea's economic growth could be reduced by 2.3 percentage points next year while Sierra Leona's growth would be cut by 8.9 percentage ...... read more
Wednesday, 7:24 AM
(Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc said it had licensed its experimental psoriasis drug to Indian generic maker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd for $80 million. Under the agreement, Sun Pharma will acquire the worldwide rights to the drug, tildrakizumab, for all possible indications. The drug is currently in late-stage trials for use in chronic plaque psoriasis, an inflammatory skin disease. Merck will continue all clinical development and regulatory activities, which will be funded by Sun Pharma. ...
Wednesday, 7:15 AM
MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called a U.S. decision to deploy 3,000 troops to West Africa a "significant moment" in the battle against the worst Ebola outbreak on record and said she hoped it would spur other nations into action. In a message to the Liberian people, Johnson Sirleaf said on Wednesday her government was "fighting back" against the deadly virus. Ebola has killed around 1,300 people in Liberia, the country hardest hit by the outbreak. "Our American partners realise Liberia cannot defeat Ebola alone. ...... read more