U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen adjusts her glasses as she testifies before the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington July 15, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Fed to keep rates near zero

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Federal Reserve renewed a pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time" and repeated concerns over slack in the labor market.  Live Coverage | Full Article 

Exclusive: Syria reveals more chemical weapons facilities to watchdog - sources 10:35am EDT

THE HAGUE - Syria has revealed a previously undeclared research and development facility and a laboratory to produce the poison ricin to the global chemical weapons watchdog, diplomatic sources told Reuters.

Wildfire rages through Northern California

Flames and smoke from the King Fire fill the sky above Fresh Pond, California September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Noah Berger

Fire crews in California battle a wildfire that has destroyed homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages.  Slideshow 

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks after a military briefing at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, September 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama's commitment to Mideast allies tested

WASHINGTON - Several important tests loom for the U.S. administration's nascent coalition to “degrade and defeat” the ultra-hardline Islamic State whose militants have seized a third of both Iraq and Syria.  Full Article | Related Story 

Cup cakes are displayed in the window of Cuckoo's bakery in Edinburgh, in Scotland September 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

World holds its breath hoping Scots vote 'No'

PARIS - For reasons of self-interest and geopolitics, major powers from Beijing to Washington and Moscow to New Delhi are quietly praying the United Kingdom holds together.  Full Article 

A new Apple iPhone 6 Plus is seen during an Apple event at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, September 9, 2014. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Reviewers hail new iPhone

Bigger is better and Apple has finally realized that and given iPhone users a product that may be low on novelty but high on improvements, reviewers wrote.  Full Article 

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice celebrates his touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second half of their NFL football game in Landover, Maryland in this December 9, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Gary Cameron/Files

Rice appeals against indefinite NFL suspension

WASHINGTON - Ray Rice appealed against his indefinite suspension by the NFL for a one-punch knockout of his wife as the former Baltimore Ravens running back tries to resuscitate his career.  Full Article 

Lawyer of American teen arrested in Bali, in connection with mother's murder, pleas for patience

The public should hold its opinion on the U.S. teen held in connection with the grisly murder of her mother in Bali until the investigation is over, says her lawyer. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Shi'ite fighters, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), take part in field training in the desert in the province of Najaf, September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Stay out of religious wars

There will be no peace in the Middle East until local peoples crave it so intensely they are willing to cultivate it.  Commentary