U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies on the economy before the Joint Economic Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington May 7, 2014.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Hint on Fed policy turn likely

WASHINGTON - The Fed could offer fresh clues on when it plans to begin lifting interest rates and how quickly it will move, as it prepares for a momentous policy turn after years of aggressive monetary stimulus.  Full Article 

Fed, China stimulus hopes boost shares; Scotland eyed 4:25am EDT

LONDON - Global stocks and commodity prices rose on Wednesday, boosted by speculation the U.S. Federal Reserve will maintain a pledge on low rates later in the day and by a report China's central bank will provide the country's biggest banks with fresh loans. | Video

A policeman carries a rifle as he guards a cemetery in Najaf, south of Baghdad September 15, 2014.  REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Key test for U.S. commitment to Middle East

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 and declared war on the West .  Full Article 

People walk at the headquarters of Alibaba in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, April 23, 2014. REUTERS/Chance Chan

Alibaba options likely listing on September 29

NEW YORK - Investors looking to hedge their bets or speculate on the direction of Alibaba Group's stock after its expected public sale of shares on Friday, will be able to trade its options in two weeks.  Full Article 

People pass electronic information boards at the London Stock Exchange in the City of London October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Market calm over Scottish vote

LONDON - The big question about investor anxiety over Scotland's independence referendum is not whether it's warranted, but why it took so long to materialize and why it's still so marginal.  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 

A man washes his hands as a preventive measure against the Ebola virus on a street in Monrovia, September 13, 2014. REUTERS/James Giahyue

Obama expands U.S. role in fighting 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 

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China £150 mln boost for UK SMEs: Nord Engine founder

Sept. 17 - Nord Engine Group President and Founder, Zhu Yang, plans to inject £150 million into Britain’s SME market through Shanghai Nord Engine Asset Management Group. He explains which sectors he's targeting.


Putin’s strategy could vex NATO

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