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U.S., Russia set for likely U.N. row over Syria toxic gas inquiry

Top Reuters News - 12 hours 24 min ago
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States said on Wednesday it would push the United Nations Security Council to renew within days an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, setting the stage for a likely showdown with Russia.

Facebook Hires Government Watchdogs

Who What Why - 12 hours 27 min ago
Investigative Journalist Assassinated (DH)

A Maltese investigative journalist was murdered Monday when her car exploded. Daphne Caruana Galizia was known for her work on the Panama Papers and other aggressive reporting about corruption in Malta.

Spain Tries to Differentiate Between ‘Imprisoned Politicians’ and ‘Political Prisoners’ (Dan)

Two Separatist politicians were jailed this week over their involvement with the independence movement in Catalonia. Pro-Separatists say the arrests are effectively “killing” Catalan independence talks, but government supporters are trying to deflect this negativity by focusing on the detainees’ crimes.

FBI Uncovered Russian Bribery Plot Before Obama’s Controversial Nuke Deal (Trevin)

Looks like Trump wasn’t the only one lining his pockets “colluding” with Russians.

New Docs Show US Knew About 1965 Genocide in Indonesia When it Happened (Chris)

The U.S. government had detailed knowledge that the Indonesian Army was conducting a campaign of mass murder against the country’s Communist Party (PKI) starting in 1965, according to newly declassified documents posted today by the National Security Archive at The George Washington University.

US Companies Funded ‘Death to America’ Groups (Dan)

According to a recent Washington lawsuit firms General Electric, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson funded Shiite militia forces connected to Hezbollah.

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Qudian's stock soars above IPO price on public debut

MarketWatch Market Pulse - 12 hours 40 min ago

Shares of Beijing-based micro lender Qudian Inc. soared in their public debut Wednesday, enough to make them the biggest percentage gainer on the NYSE. Qudian said earlier that its IPO of 37.5 million American depositary shares priced at $24 per ADS, above the expected range of $19 to $20. The first trade of $34.35, at 10:52 a.m. ET, was 43% above the IPO price. Since then, it has traded as high as $35.45 and as low as $31.75. It was recently up 37% at $32.85. Qudian has gone public at a time that the Dow Jones Industrial Average was surging 135 points toward a record high.

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Target expanding line of apparel for children with disabilities

MarketWatch Market Pulse - 12 hours 54 min ago

Target Corp. said Wednesday that it will expand its line of "adaptive apparel" included in the Cat & Jack children's line, created for kids and toddlers with disabilities. The 40-piece collection will be available online starting October 22, and will be priced between $4.50 and $39.99, with most items priced below $20, according to the retailer. In August, Target introduced "sensory-friendly" apparel that was made without tags and with flat seams. The expanded line will include these features, along with others that make getting dressed easier. Target shares are up 0.3% in Wednesday trading, but down 16.5% for the year so far. The S&P 500 index is up 14.5% for 2017 to date.

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Four Britons kidnapped in Nigeria's Delta state -police

Top Reuters News - 12 hours 58 min ago
ABUJA (Reuters) - Four Britons have been kidnapped in Nigeria's southern Delta state, a police official said on Wednesday.

Oil prices hold gains as EIA data show drop in U.S. crude supplies, rise in product stocks

MarketWatch Market Pulse - 13 hours 12 min ago

Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration Wednesday showed that domestic crude supplies fell by 5.7 million barrels for the week ended Oct. 13. That was higher than the forecast for a drop of 3.9 million barrels by analysts surveyed by S&P Global Platts, but below the 7.1 million-barrel decline reported by the American Petroleum Institute late Tuesday. Gasoline stockpiles were up 900,000 barrels for the week, while distillate stockpiles rose by 500,000 barrels, according to the EIA. The S&P Global Platts survey forecast drops of 340,000 barrels for gasoline and 2 million barrels for distillates. November crude rose 29 cents, or 0.6%, from Tuesday to $52.20 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, little changed from $52.23 before the supply data.

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Second federal judge blocks Trump's curbs on travel to U.S.

Reuters US Politics - 13 hours 13 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A second U.S. federal judge has blocked parts of President Donald Trump's latest travel ban on people entering the United States from eight countries, dealing another legal blow to the administration's third bid to impose travel restrictions.

IBM's stock rockets toward biggest post-earnings gain in nearly 9 years

MarketWatch Market Pulse - 13 hours 15 min ago

International Business Machines Corp.'s stock rocketed 8.7% in morning trade Wednesday, putting it on track to post the biggest post-earnings rally in nearly nine years. IBM reported late Tuesday profit and revenue that beat expectations. The last time the information technology company pleased investors this much with its quarterly report was Jan. 21, 2009, when the stock soared 11.5% after IBM reported fourth-quarter 2008 results. The day after the 34 quarterly reports in between, the stock had gained just nine times, by an average of 3.1%, ranging from gains of less than 0.1% and up to 5.7%. Separately, the stock's price gain of $12.79 is the biggest for any day since it ran up $13.50 on July 20, 2000. The price gain was adding about 88 points to the price of the Dow Jones Industrial Average , which was up 110 points.

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Trump backs away from Senate deal on stabilizing Obamacare

Top Reuters News - 13 hours 21 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed away from a bipartisan deal from two U.S. senators to stabilize Obamacare by restoring subsidies to health insurers, one day after signaling his support for the plan.

Trump backs away from Senate deal on stabilizing Obamacare

Reuters US Politics - 13 hours 21 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed away from a bipartisan deal from two U.S. senators to stabilize Obamacare by restoring subsidies to health insurers, one day after signaling his support for the plan.

Trump backs away from bipartisan Senate healthcare bill

Reuters US Politics - 13 hours 47 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed away from a bipartisan deal on healthcare reached by two senators a day earlier, saying he could never support legislation "bailing out" insurance companies.

Abbott shares surge 1.6% after Q3 profit, revenue beats

MarketWatch Market Pulse - 13 hours 48 min ago

Abbott Laboratories shares surged 1.6% in morning trade Wednesday after the company reported third-quarter profit and revenue beats. Earnings for the latest quarter were $603 million, or 32 cents per share, after a loss of $329 million, or a loss of 24 cents per share, in the year-earlier period. Adjusted earnings-per-share were 66 cents, above the FactSet consensus of 65 cents. Revenue rose to $6.83 billion from $5.30 billion, above the FactSet consensus of $6.73 billion. The company also revised its 2017 EPS guidance to between 97 cents and 99 cents, compared with previous guidance of $1.03 to $1.13, and said it expects 2017 adjusted EPS of $2.48 to $2.50, compared with previous guidance of $2.43 to $2.53. The FactSet 2017 EPS consensus is 88 cents and the FactSet 2017 adjusted EPS consensus is $2.49. Abbott expects fourth-quarter EPS of 28 cents to 30 cents, below the FactSet consensus of 31 cents, and adjusted EPS of 72 cents to 74 cents, compared with the FactSet consensus of 73 cents. Abbott shares have surged 14.7% over the last three months, compared with a 4.1% rise in the S&P 500 .

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Progress of U.K.'s Brexit bill to be delayed: reports

MarketWatch Market Pulse - 14 hours 4 min ago

The U.K. government will delay putting forth a second reading of a bill for the U.K. to withdraw from the European Union as lawmakers have submitted a slew of amendments, reports said Wednesday. The EU Withdrawal Bill was expected to be debated this week, but it is likely not to be put in front of the House of Commons until mid-November, according to The Independent newspaper. . The opposition Labour Party's shadow Brexit team has submitted more than 20 amendments to the bill, and these are seen as holding up its progress in becoming law. Conservative Party members who back EU membership have also offered amendments, some of which have enough Conservative signatures to potentially threaten Prime Minister Theresa May's majority, The Guardian newspaper reported. It may be tricky to schedule the eight days of debate necessary before Christmas, as the government must also present its budget on Nov. 22, the Guardian added.

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Stocks hit records after opening gains; Dow trades above 23,000

MarketWatch Market Pulse - 14 hours 17 min ago

U.S. stock-market indexes scaled all-time highs after opening modestly higher on Wednesday, as investors focused on another round of key corporate earnings. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded above the psychologically important level of 23,000, after gaining 114 points, or 0.5%, to 23,111. The S&P 500 was 4 points, or 0.1%, higher at 2,563. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite index advanced 9 points, or 0.1%, to 6,632. Shares of International Business Machine jumped 7.7% after estimate-beating third-quarter earnings results, adding about 50 points to Dow industrials.

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India hunts for woman 'tortured and enslaved' by Saudi employers

MiddleEasteye - 14 hours 20 min ago
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Indian embassy instructed to find Reena Rani after her desperate video appeal for rescue from Saudi abusers

Thomson Reuters' World-Check should be shut down

MiddleEasteye - 14 hours 20 min ago

Maintaining this service means that hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent people around the world will continue to be wronged and caused distress

Why the Media Constantly Lies and Manipulates

RealClearPolitics - 14 hours 29 min ago
Tucker Carlson, FOX News
Fox News host Tucker Carlson interviewed The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald Tuesday over media distortion of Russian influence on the 2016 election. WATCH: Carlson asked,

Ford to recall about 1.3 million vehicles in North America

Top Reuters News - 14 hours 37 min ago
The No.2 U.S. automaker said the safety recall is due to frozen door latch or a bent or kinked actuation cable in the affected vehicles, that may result in a door not opening or closing.

Ford to incur $267 million cost to fix door latch issue on some F-150, F-250 trucks

MarketWatch Market Pulse - 14 hours 53 min ago

Ford Motor Co. disclosed Wednesday in a filing that a "field service action" it announced to correct a door latch issue on some F-150 and F-250 trucks is estimated to cost $267 million. The door latch issue is on certain model year 2015 through 2017 F-150 trucks and certain model year 2017 F-250 trucks. Ford said the cost, which will be incurred by its North America business unit, will be reflected in fourth-quarter results. The automaker affirmed its 2017 adjusted earnings-per-share guidance, which would exclude this non-recurring cost, of $1.65 to $1.85, which surrounds the FactSet consensus of $1.74. The stock, which tacked on 0.2% in premarket trade, has gained 1.2% year to date through Tuesday, while rival General Motors Co. shares have soared 29% and the S&P 500 has climbed 14%.

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Syrian general who threatened refugees killed in Deir Ezzor

MiddleEasteye - 15 hours 2 min ago
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Issam Zahreddine, described as a war criminal by enemies, killed by landmine weeks after telling Syrian refugees 'never return'

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