Russia will keep working with U.S. in Syria

MOSCOW - Russia will keep cooperating with the United States and its partners to fight Islamic State in Syria, but that cooperation will be in jeopardy if there are any repeats of Turkey's shooting down of a Russian jet, Russia's Vladimir Putin said.

Asia shares firm as traders add to ECB stimulus bets 7:58pm EST

TOKYO Asian shares held firm and U.S. stock futures edged higher in early trade on Friday as expectations of additional stimulus from the European Central Bank underpinned appetite for riskier assets, while the euro hovered near seven-month lows.


More war, diplomacy not seen breaking Syria stalemate

BEIRUT The Syria war is escalating in tandem with intensified diplomacy, but neither growing foreign military intervention nor a revived political track look capable of bringing an end to the 4-1/2-year-old conflict.


Thanksgiving shopping crowds 'good not great'; online sales strong

PITTSBURGH/CHICAGO Retailers across the United States offered early Black Friday discounts to lure bargain-hunters on Thanksgiving eve, but initial checks showed crowds in brick-and-mortar stores were subdued even as online sales jumped. | Video


Khodorkovsky says Putin is leading Russia towards stagnation, collapse

LONDON President Vladimir Putin will survive Western sanctions and lower oil prices but the Kremlin chief has brought such stagnation that Russia could eventually collapse, former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said on Thursday. | Video


Mali says arrests two suspects linked to Bamako hotel attack

BAMAKO Mali authorities arrested two people on Thursday suspected of links to an attack on a luxury hotel in the capital that killed 20 people, the security ministry said.


Two-decade Pfizer mission pays off for Guggenheim's deal king

LONDON/NEW YORK Alan Schwartz knows how to play a long game. The executive chairman of boutique investment bank Guggenheim Partners spent almost 20 years cultivating Pfizer boss Ian Read as a client. His strategy paid off handsomely when Guggenheim was named lead adviser for one of the biggest deals in history - Viagra-maker Pfizer's $160 billion acquisition of Botox-maker Allergan .


Belgium eases alert level but threat still 'serious'

BRUSSELS Belgium lowered the security threat level in Brussels on Thursday, ending six days on maximum alert, but the prime minister warned that the risk of a Paris-style attack remained serious. | Video

Stranded on the border in Macedonia

Stranded migrants try to storm into Macedonia, as hope fades to move into northern Europe. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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