Ukrainian servicemen are seen at their position during fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian town of Ilovaysk August 26, 2014.   REUTERS/Maks Levin

Ukraine says Russia invades southeast

KIEV - Ukraine said the border town of Novoazovsk and other parts of Ukraine's southeast fell to Russian forces.  Full Article | Slideshow 

Bruised euro holds ground ahead of inflation test 5:07am EDT

LONDON - The euro clung to modest gains and a rally in Europe's share and bond markets cooled on Thursday as investors put bets on possible fresh ECB stimulus next week on hold ahead of German inflation data.

People walk inside JP Morgan headquarters in New York, October 25, 2013.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

FBI to investigate cyber attacks on banks

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it is investigating media reports that several U.S. financial firms have been victims of recent cyber attacks.  Full Article 

Smoke rises after what activists say was shelling from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa August 17, 2014.   REUTERS/Stringer

Air strikes on Syria likely to face major obstacles

WASHINGTON - American forces face formidable challenges as President Obama considers an air assault on Islamist fighters in Syria, including intelligence gaps on potential targets.   Full Article 

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gestured during his keynote address at the company's  "build" conference in San Francisco, California April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Microsoft's Nadella to visit China amid probe

BEIJING - Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, a source familiar with the matter said, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world's largest software company.  Full Article 

A bitcoin sticker is seen in the window of Locali Conscious Convenience store, where one of Southern California's first two bitcoin-to-cash ATMs began operating today, in Venice, Los Angeles, California, June 21, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Bitcoin shows staying power

NEW YORK - Bitcoin is catching on at online merchants including and Expedia, as customers use a digital currency that just a few years ago was virtually unknown but is now showing some staying power.  Full Article 

Health workers wearing protective clothing prepare to carry an abandoned dead body presenting with Ebola symptoms at Duwala market in Monrovia August 17, 2014. REUTERS/2Tango

Ebola toll tops 1,550, outbreak accelerates

GENEVA - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,552 people out of 3,069 known cases in four countries and "continues to accelerate", the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.   Full Article 

Breakingviews: Telefonica's bidding war

Telefonica has upped its bid for Vivendi’s GVT to €7.5 bln. Rival Telecom Italia valued the broadband company at €7 bln. Breakingviews says Vivendi could yet wring more out of this auction.

A MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Pratt/Handout

Anatomy of an airstrike

By David Axe and Robert Beckhusen