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 

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 

Yes" voter Jack Cunningham, 19, poses for a photograph while holding a Saltire flag in Edinburgh, Scotland September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

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 

South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks at an event attended by U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, honoring the 60th anniversary of the U.S. alliance with South Korea in Seoul, South Korea, September 30, 2013 . REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool

S. Korea's Park says open to talks with North

SEOUL - South Korean President Park Geun-hye, thwarted so far in ambitious plans to begin the process of reunifying the Korean peninsula, said the door is open for talks with the North during the upcoming U.N. General Assembly.  Video | 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 

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk speaks after unveiling the Dragon V2 spacecraft in Hawthorne, California May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Boeing, SpaceX to build 'space taxis' for NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL/WASHINGTON - NASA will partner with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.  Full Article 

Shi'ite fighters, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), take part in field training in the desert in the province of Najaf, September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Stay out of religious wars

There will be no peace in the Middle East until local peoples crave it so intensely they are willing to cultivate it.  Commentary