U.S. pulls plug on Syria rebel training effort

LONDON - The United States will largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State, and instead provide arms and equipment directly to rebel leaders.

S&P down slightly, led by energy and financials; Dow, Nasdaq up 3:34pm EDT

- The S&P 500 was down slightly on Friday as investors paused after several days of gains, led by declines in the energy sector as oil prices were largely unchanged. | Video

Representative Paul Ryan (R) says hello to a tourist as he returns to his office after a Republican caucus meeting at the Capitol in Washington, October 9, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Who'll be the next in line?

WASHINGTON - House Republicans met behind closed doors to discuss next steps in their internal leadership battle, the day after the front-runner to lead their chamber abruptly quit the speaker's race.  Full Article 

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft May 21, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters

Not in our backyard

BEIJING - China said it would not stand for violations of its territorial waters in the name of freedom of navigation, as the United States considers sailing warships close to China's artificial islands in the South China Sea.  Full Article 

A Palestinian protester uses a sling to hurl stones towards Israeli troops during clashes near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah October 9, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

The 'day of rage' in Gaza

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli troops shot dead six Palestinians in protests in Gaza and a knife-wielding Jewish man wounded four Arabs in southern Israel in a wave of violence that has fueled talk of a new uprising against Israel.  Full Article | Photos 

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One dead in shooting at university in Arizona

A shooting at Northern Arizona University killed one person and injured three others. The suspect was in custody, the school said.  Full Article 

Wider Image: China's mom-and-pop investors

Tang Youyu, 73, wears a cowboy hat and sunglasses as he stands in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shanghai, China, July 13, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song

From pensioners to security guards to students, small investors dominate China's stock markets, conducting about 80 percent of all transactions. But this year they have experienced one of the most tumultuous periods in the country's financial history.  Wider Image 

Uber tries to get legal in China

U.S. ride-hailing app Uber says its trying to get the permits it needs to operate legally in China - a hugely important market for the ride-hailing app.

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