Surfboards lean against a wall at the Google office in Santa Monica, California, October 11, 2010. Google will report its third-quarter earnings on Thursday.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Google misses expectations

SAN FRANCISCO - Google's revenue grew only 15 percent in the final three months of the year, falling short of analysts' expectations as the price of its online ads remained under pressure.  Full Article 

Japan, Jordan working closely on fate of captive Japanese journalist 9:08pm EST

AMMAN/TOKYO - Japan was working closely with Jordan on Friday to find out what was happening to a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after a deadline passed for the release of an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber on death-row in Jordan. | Video

Iraqi Shiite militia fighters hold the Islamic State flag as they celebrate after breaking the siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants, September 1, 2014.  REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

Islamic State claims Egypt attacks that killed 27

CAIRO - Islamic State's Sinai wing claimed responsibility for attacks that killed at least 27, the group said on its official Twitter account.  Full Article 

Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Politics overshadow Alibaba's fairy-tale run

SAN FRANCISCO - Alibaba's underwhelming holiday quarter performance and an escalating war of words with a powerful Chinese industry regulator highlight two major risks to its seemingly fairy-tale ascent: politics and the shift to mobile commerce.  Full Article 

Alexey Chaban stands in front of the Russian tank he damaged and then commandeered. REUTERS/Courtesy of Alexey Chaban

An act of mercy on a Ukraine battlefield

First Lieutenant Alexei Chaban of the Ukrainian 17th Tank Brigade has become an Internet sensation since he posted an open letter to the mother of a Russian tank commander whose life he had spared during a skirmish last week.  Commentary 

Lockheed Martin inducts the 15th C-5 Galaxy transport to become a C-5M Super Galaxy into its Marietta, Georgia, facilities, in this October 18, 2012 handout photograph released on October 19, 2012.  REUTERS/Lockheed Martin/Handout

Obama to propose spending lift for military

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's budget will call for an increase in U.S. domestic and military spending that would end spending caps known as "sequestration."  Full Article 

A camel rests at a fuel station in the Judean desert near the West Bank city of Jericho January 11, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

As gas prices drop, Americans favor oil exports

NEW YORK - Americans are more likely than ever to favor easing a ban on exporting crude oil, so long as it does not lead to higher gasoline prices that have recently sunk to near $2 a gallon, according to a new Reuters-Ipsos poll.  Full Article | Video 

Armed man forces his way into Dutch broadcaster

A 19-year-old Dutchman with a pistol forces his way into the studios of the national broadcaster NOS and demands to be allowed to go on air, before being arrested by police. Yiming Woo reports.

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