International prosecution team: persons of interest identified in MH17 probeAn international team of prosecutors conducting a criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 said on Tuesday it had identified "persons of interest". The statement followed the publication earlier in the day of the final report on the cause of the crash by the Dutch Safety Board, which found that the plane was probably downed by a Russian-built missile.
Iraq using info from new intelligence center to bomb IS, official saysIraq has started bombing Islamic State targets with help from a new intelligence center that has staff from Russia, Iran and Syria, the head of parliament's defense and security committee said on Tuesday. The center, which includes six staff from each country, has been operational for approximately one week, Hakim al Zamili, a leading Shi'ite politician, told Reuters. Iraq's air force bombed a convoy this week that was thought to be carrying Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, based on information from the center, said Zamili.
Kirill Petrenko to take over Berlin Philharmonic in 2019
BERLIN (AP) ? Kirill Petrenko will take over as chief conductor at the Berlin Philharmonic in 2019, and will do the new job alongside his existing role as the Bavarian State Opera's musical director for the first year.
Twitter purging up to 336 workers as new CEO slashes costs
Johnson & Johnson posts mixed 3Q results, authorizes buybackHealth care giant Johnson & Johnson posted a 29 percent drop in third-quarter earnings, hammered by plunging sales of its hepatitis C medicine and unfavorable currency exchange rates that reduced the value of overseas sales. Its year-ago results had also included a big gain from selling a diagnostics business.
Scandal-hit VW to change diesel emissions technology
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) ? Volkswagen's flagship brand plans to change its diesel technology in Europe and North America as well as develop new hybrid and electric vehicles in response to its emissions scandal.
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Top brewers AB InBev, SABMiller agree mega tie-up
The world's biggest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev announced Tuesday a $122 billion deal to gulp down British rival SABMiller, creating a beer behemoth serving one in three drinkers globally. AB InBev, the Belgian-Brazilian brewer that dominates the global market with top brands including Budweiser and Stella Artois, said it had reached an informal agreement with an initially reluctant SABMiller on the fifth time of asking. Including debt, the cost of buying SABMiller, British producer of Foster's and Grolsch, will be $122 billion (£80 billion, 107 billion euros), according to Dealogic, making it the third biggest takeover in corporate history after two mega mergers across the telecoms sector.