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Fed may hint on rate-hike plan as it prepares for policy turn

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday 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.

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Apple to unveil new iPads, operating system on October 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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Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern California

LOS ANGELES - Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said. | Video

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Ukraine PM tells army to be on full battle alert despite ceasefire

KIEV - Ukraine's prime minister told government forces to remain on full battle alert on Wednesday as fighting in the rebel-held eastern city of Donetsk killed at least two civilians and further strained a ceasefire with Russian-backed separatists.