A statue stands outside the office of Alibaba (China) Technology Co. Ltd on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province May 10, 2010. REUTERS/Lang Lang

Alibaba boosts IPO as demand strengthens

HONG KONG - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd raised the price range on its initial public offering to $66 to $68 a share, responding to strong investor demand for what could be the world's largest-ever IPO.  Full Article 

U.S. to Assad: Beware of interfering with U.S. air power in Syria 7:02pm EDT

WASHINGTON - 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.

A Ukrainian paratrooper sits in front of his military vehicle at his position near Zhdanivka September 13, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Fresh shelling in Ukraine strains ceasefire

KIEV - Fighting broke out in the rebel-held city of Donetsk as President Petro Poroshenko prepared to unveil a plan to give the separatist-minded east "special status" in a bid to end a conflict that has killed over 3,000 people.  Full Article | Slideshow: Ukraine's troubled ceasefire 

A migrant is helped by an Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) airman to a waiting ambulance after being brought to Malta by helicopter at the Air Wing base outside Valletta in this handout taken September 14, 2014 and released September 15, 2014 courtesy of the Armed Forces of Malta. REUTERS/Justin Gatt/Armed Forces Malta Press Office/Handout via Reuters

As many as 700 migrants feared drowned

GENEVA - Seven hundred people fleeing Africa and the Middle East may have drowned in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean over the last week, bringing the death toll this year to almost 3,000.  Full Article 

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards Zummar, controlled by Islamic State (IS), near Mosul September 15, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

World powers back U.S. on Iraq; Syria trickier

PARIS - World powers backed military measures to help defeat Islamic State fighters in Iraq, boosting U.S. coalition efforts, but made no mention of the tougher diplomatic challenge in Syria.  Full Article 

Foster Farms Chief Veterinarian Bob O'Connor holds a nine-day-old chick at a Foster Farms chicken ranch near Turlock, California June 16, 2014. Picture taken June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

Antibiotic use rampant among poultry firms

Reuters finds that major poultry firms administer drugs in ways scientists say could promote "superbugs."  Full Coverage 

‘Yes’ campaign people gather for a rally outside the BBC in Glasgow, Scotland, September 14, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Why vote yes?

There is a “democratic deficit” affecting Scotland. For years, Scots have raised concerns that the government in London often fails to reflect their interests.  Commentary 

Women and children take part in a march against child abuse along the streets of Asuncion, May 26, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno

How rape myths hide crimes

Some myths are so powerful that they change our perception of reality. Under their influence even the most obvious truths — or crimes — can be rendered invisible.  Commentary 

Alibaba boosts IPO; investors sell tech

Summary: Tech shares whacked as investors make room for Alibaba, which boosted its IPO after the market close; Apple says iPhone 6 pre-orders smash record; GM payout for deaths rise to 19; wild speculation about possible beer mergers. Conway G. Gittens reports.