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Salmond a likely winner whichever way Scots vote on independence

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 00:41
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Alex Salmond wields no claymore sword and appears only sparingly in a kilt, and yet he has brought Scotland closer to independence than any Scottish warrior since union with England more than 300 years ago.

Turkey would welcome Muslim Brotherhood figures who leave Qatar: Erdogan

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 00:15
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey would welcome senior figures from Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood after they were asked to leave Qatar under pressure from other Gulf Arab states, Turkish media quoted President Tayyip Erdogan as saying late on Monday.

U.S. scouts for Sunni allies on the ground in Iraq

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 00:11
By Oliver Holmes, Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Jason Szep and Ned Parker






Iran supreme leader spurns U.S. overture to fight Islamic State

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 23:21
PARIS/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader said on Monday he had personally rejected an offer from the United States for talks to fight Islamic State, an apparent blow to Washington's efforts to build a military coalition to fight militants in both Iraq and Syria.






Japan PM's liberal newspaper critic is humbled by errors

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:42
TOKYO (Reuters) - It was a rare role reversal for Japan's influential Asahi newspaper, which is known for exposing wrongdoing in high places, when its president stood before cameras to bow, apologise and pledge to restore his organisation's credibility.






Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders hit record 4 million on first day

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:48
(Reuters) - Apple Inc said many customers will need to wait until next month for their new iPhones after a record 4 million first-day pre-orders were logged, double the number for the iPhone 5 two years ago.

Alibaba boosts IPO as demand strengthens

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:46
HONG KONG/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [IPO-BABA.N] raised the price range on its initial public offering to $66 to $68 on Monday, reflecting strong demand from investors for the year's most anticipated debut and potentially the world's largest-ever IPO.






Iran supreme leader spurns U.S. overture to fight Islamic State

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:43
PARIS/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader said on Monday he had personally rejected an offer from the United States for talks to fight Islamic State, an apparent blow to Washington's efforts to build a military coalition to fight militants in both Iraq and Syria.






Exclusive: U.S. safety chief raps GM's 'flawed' culture on recalls

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:07
(Reuters) - The top U.S. auto safety regulator harshly criticized General Motors Co for not promptly reporting and recalling cars now linked to at least 19 deaths and said he has been meeting with top global automakers to develop a "new normal" for safety recalls.






U.S. to Assad: Beware of interfering with U.S. air power in Syria

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:02
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Syrian military's air defenses would face retaliation if Syria attempted to respond to U.S. air strikes that are expected against Islamic State targets in Syria, senior U.S. officials said on Monday.

Swiss say would shield Snowden from 'political' extradition to U.S.

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:55
ZURICH (Reuters) - Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden could be granted safe passage in Switzerland if he helped a potential criminal inquiry into U.S. spying there, the Swiss public prosecutor's office said on Monday.

Forging coalition, Sweden's new left leader angers ally

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:19
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's center-left leader risked alienating a major ally on Monday as he tried to forge a minority government with his defeated center-right foes on Monday after an election that saw an anti-immigrant party surge.






OECD slashes growth forecasts, urges aggressive ECB action

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:39
PARIS (Reuters) - The OECD slashed its growth forecasts for major developed economies on Monday, urging much more aggressive ECB stimulus to ward off the risk of deflation in a subdued euro zone.






Alibaba worried about Facebook IPO as considered Nasdaq versus NYSE

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:31
(Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd could have sold nearly $2 billion worth of stock without lifting a finger. All it had to do was list its shares on Nasdaq.






On last visit before vote, PM Cameron appeals to Scots to keep Britain intact

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:22
ABERDEEN/LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron used his last visit to Scotland before a historic independence referendum this week to implore Scots to remain part of the United Kingdom, warning on Monday that a breakaway vote would be irreversible.






Washington wins diplomatic support for campaign in Iraq; Syria trickier

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:21
PARIS (Reuters) - World powers backed military measures on Monday to help defeat Islamic State fighters in Iraq, boosting Washington's efforts to set up a coalition, but made no mention of the tougher diplomatic challenge next door in Syria.






Western sanctions are testing Russia's strength: Medvedev

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:19
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's strength is being tested by sanctions imposed by the West and the country must react in a level-headed way, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told members of the country's ruling party, United Russia, on Monday.






Autos weigh on U.S. factory output; outlook still upbeat

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 09:15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. manufacturing output fell for the first time in seven months in August, but the underlying trend remained consistent with a steadily expanding factory sector.






Danaher to buy Nobel Biocare for $2.2 billion

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 07:38
ZURICH (Reuters) - U.S. healthcare group Danaher Corp is to buy Nobel Biocare Holding AG for an agreed $2.2 billion to become the world's biggest player in a dental implants market benefiting from growing demand for cosmetic dentistry.






Exclusive: Two Apple medical trials shed light on how HealthKit will work

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 05:56
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Two prominent U.S. hospitals are preparing to launch trials with diabetics and chronic disease patients using Apple Inc's HealthKit, offering a glimpse of how the iPhone maker's ambitious take on healthcare will work in practice.