U.S. and Arab allies launch first strikes on fighters in Syria

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT - The United States and its Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of Islamic State fighters and members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group, opening a new front against militants by joining Syria's three-year-old civil war. | Video

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Euro zone growth slows as Chinese factories trundle on

LONDON/BEIJING - Euro zone business growth dipped to a 2014 low in September as firms again cut prices, while factory activity in China picked up only slightly, surveys showed, keeping the spotlight on policymakers' plans for economic stimulus. | Video

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AstraZeneca, Shire dive as U.S. tax move punctures deal hopes

LONDON - Shares in drugmakers AstraZeneca and Shire fell sharply on Tuesday after the U.S. Treasury took steps to curb "inversion" deals that allow companies to escape high U.S. taxes by reincorporating abroad.

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Exclusive: Libya asks chemical weapons watchdog to remove stockpile - sources

AMSTERDAM - Libya has asked the global chemical weapons watchdog to draw up plans to ship a stockpile of 850 tonnes of chemicals overseas due to deteriorating security, sources have told Reuters.

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Norway's Yara, CF in talks to create $27.5 billion global fertilizer producer

OSLO - Norway's Yara and Chicago-based CF Industries are in talks about a merger of equals that would create a $27.5 billion global fertilizer producer to rival world No.1 Potash Corp in an oversupplied and fragmented market.

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Briton held by Islamic State sends audio message to family

LONDON - The wife of a British aid worker being held by Islamic State - the militant group targeted by U.S. and Gulf Arab air strikes in Syria - said on Tuesday she had received an audio message from her husband.