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  • GfK Poll: Top issues in the midterm election Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 5:14 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— It's October and in some places, voters are already voting. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll finds those likely to cast a ballot are focused more on the economy than other issues. Among all adults, 4 in 10 approve of President Barack Obama's handling of the issue, a figure that's held steady since late last year.

  • GfK Poll: Divided voters still focus on economy Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— It's not Obamacare or climate change. "We need jobs," said Christine Kamischke, 45, of rural northern Michigan. She works in a large retail store and her husband was recently laid off from his job at an Air Force base near their home.

  • Force alone won't beat ISIS: Ruler of Dubai Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 2:26 PM ET
    Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, VP and prime minister of the UAE, ruler of Dubai

    If world leaders want to defeat ISIS, they will have to use more than force; they will have to win the intellectual war, says the ruler of Dubai.

  • Bombs away: US spends millions a day to fight ISIS Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 7:39 AM ET
    A file photo of an F-22 fighter jet

    The cost of the American military campaign against ISIS likely has passed $1 billion.

  • *Hong Kong unrest saps risk appetite. LONDON, Oct 1- Stocks worldwide began the fourth quarter on a negative note on Wednesday, as lacklustre economic data and civil unrest in Hong Kong kept investors cautious before a European Central Bank meeting later this week. Federal Reserve on the one hand and the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan on the other.

  • *Hong Kong unrest saps risk appetite. LONDON, Oct 1- Stocks worldwide began the fourth quarter on a negative note on Wednesday, as lacklustre economic data and civil unrest in Hong Kong kept investors cautious before a European Central Bank meeting later this week. Federal Reserve on the one hand and the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan on the other.

  • *Hong Kong unrest saps risk appetite. LONDON, Oct 1- Stocks worldwide began the fourth quarter on a negative note on Wednesday, with investors wary of lacklustre economic data and keeping a cautious eye on civil unrest in Hong Kong. Sales warnings from British retailer J Sainsbury and French cable maker Nexans added to the gloom.

  • TOKYO, Oct 1- Asian shares slumped on Wednesday as continued civil unrest in Hong Kong and a downbeat day on Wall Street sapped confidence, while the dollar index was close to a four-year high after marking its best quarterly gain in six years.

  • Algeria's ailing president absent amid crises Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 2:21 AM ET

    ALGIERS, Algeria— The silence of Algeria's ailing president since the kidnapping and beheading of a French hiker by Islamic State-inspired militants has ignited new concerns over his health and whether he's fit to rule the oil-rich North African nation— or indeed whether he's still doing so. It was the same situation when extremists stormed one of Algeria's...

  • TOKYO, Oct 1- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped to a two-week low on Wednesday in choppy trade as civil unrest in Hong Kong curbed risk appetite, while mixed data from the Bank Of Japan's tankan survey provided little catalysts.

  • TOKYO, Oct 1- Asian shares got off on the back foot on Wednesday as continued civil unrest in Hong Kong sapped confidence, while the dollar index was in sight of a four-year high after marking its best quarterly gain in six years.

  • Treasury targets those tied to Pakistan extremists Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 10:38 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Treasury Department is taking action against individuals and networks linked to two terrorist groups based in Pakistan. Treasury's action on Tuesday targets the leader of Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen, which operates throughout India, Pakistan and Afghanistan and maintains terrorist training camps in eastern Afghanistan.

  • Toll from Guinea-Bissau mine blast rises to 22 Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 7:22 AM ET

    BISAAU, Guinea-Bissau— Two more people who were wounded when a minibus struck a land mine in Guinea-Bissau have died, a doctor said Monday, raising the death toll in the accident to 22.. The blast has raised questions in Guinea-Bissau, which had declared itself free of all known land mines after demining operations.

  • SHEKHAN, Iraq, Sept 30- For Salah Paulis, it came down to a choice between his faith and his crop. A wheat farmer from outside Mosul, Paulis and his family fled the militant group Islamic State early last month. The group overran the family farm as part of its offensive that captured vast swathes of territory in northern Iraq.

  • *Share markets mixed amid uncertainty over Hong Kong, quarter end. *HSBC manufacturing survey disappoints, but exports improve. LONDON, Sept 30- World markets were in hesitant mood on Tuesday as investors wondered what China's response would be to civil unrest in Hong Kong, while the U.S. dollar eased off the throttle after its biggest quarterly gain in six years.

  • Stocks slip, leaving S&P 500 down for September Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A suddenly stormy month on the stock market came to a quiet end on Tuesday. Ford Motor fell after cutting its profit forecast, while eBay jumped after announcing plans to spin off PayPal.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 30- Hong Kong's benchmark index fell to a three-month low on Tuesday, finishing on its biggest monthly fall since May 2012 as investors dumped shares amid the city's worst civil unrest in decades.

  • Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street decline Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    BANGKOK— Asian stocks were mostly lower Tuesday after Wall Street's losses overnight and pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a major financial center, added to worries about political risk. Sydney's S&P ASX 200 gained 0.2 percent to 5,275.60 while Seoul, Taipei, Singapore and New Zealand declined.

  • JGBs edge up as geopolitical woes drive Nikkei lower Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 10:21 PM ET

    TOKYO, Sept 30- Japanese government bond prices edged higher on Tuesday as geopolitical woes drove Tokyo stocks lower. Treasuries and downbeat Japanese economic data also supported JGBs. Tokyo's Nikkei shed 0.8 percent as civil unrest in Hong Kong weighed on global stock markets.

  • *HSBC manufacturing survey disappoints, but exports improve. SYDNEY, Sept 30- Asian markets were in hesitant mood on Tuesday as investors wondered what China's response would be to civil unrest in Hong Kong, while the U.S. dollar was on track to post its biggest monthly gain in well over a year.