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  • *Further talks needed to bolster east Ukraine ceasefire. MILAN, Oct 17- Russia and Ukraine made progress on Friday towards resolving a row over gas supplies, but European leaders said Moscow had to do much more to prop up a fragile ceasefire and end fighting in eastern Ukraine. The mooted deal aimed at re-opening Russian gas supplies to Ukraine ahead of the cold...

  • Ukrainian, Russian leaders sound optimistic note Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 3:49 AM ET

    MILAN— Russian and Ukrainian leaders sounded optimistic after marathon, Europe- brokered talks Friday, signaling progress on both a definitive peace settlement in Ukraine and a gas dispute that threatens to disrupt supplies to Europe this winter. Putin also voiced confidence that the issue of Russians who have joined the insurgency in eastern Ukraine could...

  • Nation's travel security chief Pistole to retire Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— John Pistole announced Thursday he is stepping down as chief of the Transportation Security Administration after 4 1/ 2 turbulent years in which the agency sought to balance passenger privacy against safety and stay a step ahead of terrorists looking for cunning new ways to smuggle bombs aboard planes. Pistole warned last month that an al-Qaida...

  • Egypt: We're bombing Islamist militants in Libya Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 11:39 AM ET

    Egyptian officials say country's warplanes are bombing positions of Islamist militias in oil-rich Libya.

  • Russia-US relations reset ‘impossible’: PM Medvedev Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 8:52 AM ET
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

    Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev tells CNBC that ties with the U.S. have been damaged by "destructive" and "stupid" sanctions.

  • War on the doorstep compounds Turkey's economic worries Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 8:40 AM ET

    Investors who until mid-2013 saw Turkey as a relatively safe bet in a chaotic region are increasingly alarmed that it might not only be dragged into the war in Syria but also lose the hard-won prospect of peace and economic revival in its own Kurdish region. So far, Turkey has resisted Western and Kurdish pressure to enter Syria's complex war by sending its tanks...

  • Time to reduce reliance on the dollar: Russia PM Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 1:12 AM ET

    Russia's prime minister says the world must move away from its dependence on the dollar, arguing that the global economy would benefit as a result.

  • Clash over construction leaves 8 dead in China Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 12:34 AM ET

    BEIJING— Eight people were killed in a clash between construction workers and villagers in China's southwestern region of Yunnan, authorities said Wednesday, as land disputes grew more violent. The official statement did not give a reason for the conflict, but land disputes are common in China where villagers often believe their lands have been unfairly...

  • LIMA, Oct 14- The expansion of Peru's main natural gas pipeline has been delayed by nearly a year because of threats posed by insurgents and is now set to wrap up in the first quarter of 2016, the pipeline operator said on Tuesday. Expansion work is now 55 percent complete and will cost some $475 million in total, said Ricardo Ferreiro, the general manager of...

  • Mexican activist slain during radio broadcast Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 6:56 AM ET

    MEXICO CITY— Two gunmen shoved their way into a radio studio and opened fire on a local activist, killing him while he was broadcasting, prosecutors in the Mexican state of Sinaloa said. Roman Tirado was a leader of about 800 families demanding compensation for being displaced by the Picachos dam. Ontiveros said Roman Tirado focused on the land dispute and other...

  • Obama and military chiefs to thrash out ISIS plans Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 2:49 AM ET
    Militant Islamist fighters on a tank take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014.

    President Barack Obama will hash out a strategy to counter Islamic State on Tuesday with military leaders from some 20 countries.

  • Four most worrying drags on global markets Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 9:26 PM ET

    The global stock rout appears to have come out of nowhere, but Capital Economics highlights four key weights dragging on markets.

  • Despite pledged $2.7B, challenges ahead for Gaza Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 5:41 AM ET

    Israel will have to lift its border restrictions, in place since the Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007, and allow huge quantities of cement and steel into the territory. On the Gaza side, United Nations inspectors and a Palestinian unity government trying to take over from Hamas will have to ensure that the shipments are not diverted by the Islamic militant group...

  • Why China-Russia ties are heating up Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 2:31 AM ET
    Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang (on right) reviews an honor guard during an official welcoming ceremony at Vnukovo airport outside Moscow on October 12, 2014.

    China Premier Li's trip to Moscow is expected to net as many as 50 trade deals, as sanctions spur Russia to accelerate ties with the mainland.

  • A parachute regiment of the Indian Army marches in formation during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

    Military officers in both countries say the violence has escalated because of a more assertive Indian posture under the new government of PM Modi.

  • The one merger that may unleash havoc on the world Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 | 1:53 PM ET
    Militant Islamist fighters on a tank take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014.

    The terror group ISIS was birthed from al-Qaeda, and experts in radicalism think the two may fall in with one another again.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California reactivates firefighting airplanes after officials give OK following deadly crash.

  • BEIRUT, Oct 10- Islamic State fighters advanced deeper into the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish border on Friday, taking almost complete control of an area where the local Kurdish administration is based, a group monitoring the violence reported. "They have taken at least 40 percent," Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said by...

  • History of the Jeep Wrangler and its predecessors Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 3:34 PM ET

    WAR YEARS: The Army needed an all-terrain vehicle for reconnaissance and command duties to take the place of motorcycles and sidecars that had been used in battle. American Bantam Car Co. actually made the first version, but it couldn't meet the military's mass-production needs. Both Ford Motor Co. and Willys-Overland Motors, based in Toledo, Ohio, took over,...

  • Europe 'massively' more vulnerable: Bremmer     Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    Europe is "massively" more vulnerable to geopolitical tensions than the U.S. and Japan, argues Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, adding that the rise of euroscepticism will make the situation more challenging in the future.