Fed renews zero rate pledge, but hints at steeper rate hike path

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday renewed a pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time" but it issued projections that suggested it may raise borrowing costs a bit quicker than it had been thinking a few months ago.

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Apple to unveil new iPads, operating system on Oct. 21: report

- Apple Inc is set to launch two new iPads and release the next version of its Mac operating system at its next event on Oct. 21, a Daily Dot report said, citing sources familiar with the matter.

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Ebola could drain billions of dollars from African economies: World Bank

WASHINGTON - The largest-ever outbreak of Ebola could drain billions of dollars from economies in West Africa by the end of next year if the epidemic is not contained, the World Bank said in an analysis on Wednesday.

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Exclusive: Syria reveals more chemical weapons facilities to watchdog - sources

THE HAGUE - Syria has revealed a previously undeclared research and development facility and a laboratory to produce the poison ricin to the global chemical weapons watchdog, diplomatic sources told Reuters.

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Nearly 50 dead in Syria air strikes on central province: monitor

BEIRUT - At least 48 people including rebel fighters have been killed in Syrian government air bombardments around a town in the central province of Homs, a monitoring group said on Wednesday. | Video

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U.N. Security Council to discuss Dutch report on MH17 downing

UNITED NATIONS - The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over war-torn eastern Ukraine will be discussed by the U.N. Security Council on Friday after Russia requested a meeting on a Dutch finding that a large number of fragments hit the plane and tore it apart.