New details emerge in case of 3 men accused in Kansas plotWICHITA, Kan. (AP) ? An anti-Muslim militia group in Kansas calling itself "The Crusaders" first came to the government's attention when one of its members, alarmed by the heightening talk of violence, contacted FBI agents and became a confidential source, prosecutors said.
Mumbai film fest opens amid protests over Pakistani talentNEW DELHI (AP) ? India's glitziest film festival has opened to fanfare and fury as Hindu nationalists protest the inclusion of Pakistani artists.
Socialists' meeting could end Spain's 10-month impasseMADRID (AP) ? Spain's Socialist party was preparing Friday for a crucial weekend meeting that could help end the country's political impasse by allowing the rival conservative Popular Party to form a minority government.
Islamic State attacks Kirkuk as Iraqi forces push on Mosul
By Maher Chmaytelli and Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State launched a major counter-attack on the city of Kirkuk on Friday as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations to seize territory around Mosul in preparation for an offensive on the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq. Islamic State's assault on Kirkuk, which lies in an oil- producing region, killed 18 members of the security forces and workers at a power station outside the city, including two Iranians, a hospital source said. Kirkuk is located east of Hawija, a pocket still under control of Islamic State that lies between Baghdad and Mosul.
General Electric profit falls 20% on weak oil earnings
Net income for the industrial conglomerate fell 20.4 percent to $2.0 billion. General Electric scored higher net profit in several businesses, including power, renewable energy, aviation and health care.
Tobacco giant BAT targets US with $47bn Reynolds bid
British American Tobacco on Friday launched a vast $47-billion bid for full control of Reynolds American, as it seeks expansion into the United States -- the second largest market after China. The deal, worth the equivalent of 43 billion euros for around 60 percent of Reynolds that BAT does not yet own, would cement its status as one of the world's largest tobacco companies. BAT said the move would give it "a leading position in the US tobacco market" and "a significant presence in high growth emerging markets across South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, together with the most attractive developed markets".
Philippines says just doesn't want to be dependent on the U.S. and WestThe Philippines will not renege on treaties and agreements with established allies even as it pulls away from dependence on the United States and the West, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesperson said on Friday. Ernesto Abella said Duterte's announcement that Manila would "separate" from the United States was a "restatement of his position on charting an independent foreign policy". Duterte wanted to "separate the nation from dependence on the U.S. and the West and rebalance economic and military relations with Asian neighbors," like China, Japan and South Korea, Abella said in statement.
Factbox: Duterte distances Philippines from ally U.S.(Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has grown increasingly hostile toward his country's traditional ally the United States since taking office on June 30, while seeking to court U.S. rivals China and Russia. Officials in Washington have been largely taken by surprise by Duterte's near-daily barrages, and have sought to avoid provoking him. The following are key comments that Duterte has made about the bilateral relationship, and U.S. responses: PIVOT TO CHINA - On a state visit to China this week, Duterte told a forum of Chinese and Philippine business people he wanted his country to separate from the United States and realign with China.
British American Tobacco offers to buy Reynolds in $47B deal
LONDON (AP) ? British American Tobacco is offering to take over Reynolds American Inc. in a $47 billion deal that would create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company and try to make up for a decline in smoking in the U.S. and Europe.
Exclusive: Vatican and China in final push for elusive deal on bishops
By Lisa Jucca and Benjamin Kang Lim ROME/HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - Representatives from the Vatican and China are expected to meet before the end of the month in Rome in an effort to finalize a deal on the ordination of bishops on the mainland, a move aimed at ending a longstanding dispute, according to Catholic Church sources familiar with the negotiations. The Church sources also told Reuters that China is preparing to ordain at least two new bishops before the end of the year and these appointments would have the blessing of the Vatican. A person with ties to the leadership in Beijing confirmed that these ordinations would go ahead.