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Alibaba expected to rise more than 30 percent in trading debut

NEW YORK - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's shares are expected to surge in their first day of trading on Friday as many investors that received fewer shares than hoped lined up orders to buy what looks likely to be the largest IPO in history. | Video

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Kurdish leader urges world to protect Syrian town from Islamic State

DIKMETAS Turkey - Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani called on Friday for international intervention to protect a Kurdish town in neighboring Syria from Islamic State fighters who have driven many Syrian Kurds to flee across the border to Turkey.

World, Syria, Iraq 10:49am EDT

U.S. leading indicator rises less than expected in August

WASHINGTON - Economic activity in the United States rose less than expected in August, but was still consistent with the economy expanding at a moderate pace for the rest of this year, The Conference Board said on Friday.

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China hands drugmaker GSK record $489 million fine for paying bribes

SHANGHAI/LONDON - China fined GlaxoSmithKline Plc a record 3 billion yuan ($489 million) on Friday for paying bribes to doctors to use its drugs, underlining the risks of doing business there while also ending a damaging chapter for the British drugmaker.

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Apple faithful line up for latest, larger iPhones

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc's latest phone lured throngs of gadget lovers, entrepreneurs and early adapters to its stores in New York, San Francisco and other cities around the world in the latest sign of strong initial demand for the new, larger generation of iPhones.

Tech, Media 10:45am EDT