Members of Iraqi security forces are seen during a fight with Islamic State (IS) militants on the outskirts of Ramadi, September 14, 2014. REUTERS/Osama Al-Dulaimi

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

Unwilling to send their troops back to Iraq, Washington is trying to persuade armed Sunni factions and tribal figures to fight Islamic State militants.  Full Article 

Weak gasoline, food prices dampen U.S. producer inflation 11:36am EDT

WASHINGTON - U.S. producer prices were flat in August, pointing to muted inflation pressures that should allow the Federal Reserve to bide its time as it considers when to raise interest rates.

Spanish ham is displayed for sale in a shop window at a grocery store in St. Petersburg August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Russia risks recession, says ex-finance minister

MOSCOW - Russia risks slipping into recession because the government is not investing enough in the economy to weather Western sanctions, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said, criticizing the strategy so far.  Full Article 

Nine-day-old chicks congregate at a Foster Farms chicken ranch near Turlock, California, June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

Lawmakers want to curb antibiotic use on farms

Two lawmakers are calling for action to rein in antibiotic use in livestock in response to a Reuters investigation showing how top U.S. poultry firms have been administering drugs to their flocks.  Full Article 

A health worker brings a woman suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus to an ambulance in Monrovia, Liberia, September 15, 2014. REUTERS/James Giahyue

Obama to deploy troops to combat Ebola

WASHINGTON - The United States will send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up plan to halt the epidemic.  Full Article 

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron gestures as he delivers a speech at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre in Aberdeen, Scotland September 15, 2014.  REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Britain pledges state funding to Scotland

EDINBURGH - Britain promised to guarantee Scotland's state funding, granting Scots control over healthcare spending in an attempt to shore up support.  Full Article | Video: The bookies weigh in 

Presidential candidate Aecio Neves of Brazilian Social Democratic Party greets a supporter during his campaign rally in Sao Paulo September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Neves: An insider in an election about change

BELO HORIZONTE/SAO PAULO, Brazil - The handsome, accomplished grandson of one of Brazil's most beloved politicians, Aecio Neves has been preparing his whole life to be president. That explains why he's languishing in Brazil's presidential election race.  Full Article 

Breakingviews: Going hedge-fund free

Jeff Goldfarb and Richard Beales discuss the reasons why California's $300 billion pension fund, Calpers, is ditching all $4 bln of its hedge fund investments.


Putin’s strategy could vex NATO

By David Axe and Robert Beckhusen