A Turkish F-16 fighter jet takes off from Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, Turkey, July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Kurds come under heaviest Turkish assault yet

ISTANBUL - Turkish fighter jets launched their heaviest assault on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq overnight since air strikes began last week.  Full Article 

Upbeat earnings lift European stocks ahead of Fed 4:56am EDT

LONDON - European equities advanced on Wednesday, spurred by strong corporate earnings and gains in U.S. and Asian markets on hopes that Beijing could stem the rout in its markets without damage to the world's second biggest economy.

Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen arrives to testify before a House Financial Services committee hearing on "Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy" on Capitol Hill in Washington July 15, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Fed expected to push ahead with rate hike plan

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve is expected to point to a growing U.S. economy and stronger job market as it sets the stage for a possible interest rate hike in September.  Full Article 

Jack Dorsey, interim CEO of Twitter and CEO of Square, goes for a walk on the first day of the annual Allen and Co. media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho July 8, 2015.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

Twitter's Dorsey's frank speak earns praise

SAN FRANCISCO - The frank comments by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey after the quarterly results were announced gave analysts reason to hope the company would start addressing the long-standing problems.  Full Article 

Enthusiast Damien Hoops uses an electronic cigarette at The Vapor Spot vapor bar in Los Angeles, California March 4, 2014.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Vape shop owners now eye marijuana market

NEW YORK - As the number of vape shops soars in the U.S., shop owners seek to capitalize not only on the vaping trend, but on the more widespread, and legal, use of medical marijuana.  Full Article 

A woman prays for good fortune while holding incense sticks on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple, in Beijing, in this January 31, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files

Occult to the rescue in times of graft

BEIJING - The Chinese, especially the country's leaders, have a tradition of putting their faith in soothsaying and geomancy, in times of doubt and chaos. The practice has grown amid a sweeping crackdown on corruption launched by the government.   Full Article 

Unidentified bodies languish in Colombia

With at least 50,000 people missing in Colombia's war with rebel and paramilitary groups, the country is struggling to trace the victims.