Stocks hit the rocks

LONDON - A drop in bank shares kept European shares under pressure, after losses in Asian markets sent investors scurrying for safe havens.

U.N. fears for hundreds of thousands if Syria troops encircle Aleppo 7:39am EST

GENEVA Hundreds of thousands of civilians could be cut off from food supplies if Syrian government forces encircle rebel-held parts of Aleppo, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning of a massive new flight of refugees.

Riot police move forward to charge at protesters during a clash at Mongkok district in Hong Kong, China February 9, 2016.      REUTERS/Bobby Yip

HONG KONG - Hong Kong riot police fired warning shots during clashes that erupted in the Chinese-ruled city when authorities tried to remove illegal street stalls set up for Lunar New Year celebrations.  Reuters TV | Full Article 

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio arrives for a campaign event in Goffstown, New Hampshire, February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

In New Hampshire, Rubio needs to shine

MANCHESTER, N.H. - A week ago, it looked like the stars were aligning for Marco Rubio. Now, as New Hampshire holds its pivotal primary, the Republican presidential contender has to hope the sky does not come crashing down on him.  Full Article 

Rosana Vieira Alves holds her 4-month-old daughter Luana Vieira, who was born with microcephaly, at their house in Olinda, Brazil, February 3, 2016.  REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Studies aim to unravel Zika's link to birth defects

CHICAGO - Brazilian specialists are studying the most urgent question of the Zika outbreak: Is the virus causing a spike in birth defects, and, if so, how great is the risk?  Full Article 

A section of the BP Eastern Trough Area Project (ETAP) oil platform is seen in the North Sea, around 100 miles east of Aberdeen in Scotland February 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Andy Buchanan/pool

Oil prices rise, shrugs off equity slump

TOKYO - Crude oil prices rose, shrugging off big drops in Japan's stock market and eroding some of the previous session's losses that were driven by festering concerns about global oversupply.  Full Article 

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Chinese medicine shops feel the pinch

Shops selling traditional medicines and foods in Hong Kong and Sydney say business from Chinese tourists is the poorest in years. Julie Noce reports.

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