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.

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

House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) gestures at a news conference on 'Taxpayers Protection Alliance on Trade Promotion Authority' on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 10, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

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.  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 

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 

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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