Will he or won't he?

WASHINGTON - A leading Republican with allies on the right wing of the party, Paul Ryan, is weighing a bid to replace retiring House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, fellow lawmakers said as they sought to defuse a leadership battle.

Wall Street ekes out small gain to cap strongest week of year 5:41pm EDT

- U.S. stocks closed slightly higher on Friday, ending the S&P 500's best week for 2015 on a quiet note as investors waited for U.S. companies to report third-quarter earnings. | Video

A money changer displays U.S. and Iranian banknotes at the Grand Bazaar in central Tehran October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA

Iran sanctions still in place, U.S. warns

LONDON/WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has reminded foreign governments and U.S. bankers that sanctions against Iran remain in effect, cautioning against a rush by Western firms to invest there until the country fully complies with the July nuclear agreement.  Full Article 

A Free Syrian Army fighter talks on a walkie-talkie near a rocket launcher during what they said was preparations for an operation to strike at forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad located in Daraa, July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Faqir

Islamic State closes in on Aleppo

BEIRUT/ANKARA - Islamic State fighters seized villages close to Aleppo from rival insurgents as the United States announced it was largely abandoning its failed program to train moderate rebels and would instead provide arms and equipment.  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 

Four-week-old elephant Anjuli cuddles with his brother Assam in Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany August  12, 2015. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

Why do so few elephants get cancer?

Researchers are studying elephant genes to understand the species' low incidence of cancer, information that could help unlock new methods of treating the disease in humans.  Video 

Inside North Korea

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A rare glimpse of life inside the capital Pyongyang.  More photos 

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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