Time Warner CEO says only AT&T approached with offer
(Reuters) - Time Warner Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes said on Monday that AT&T Inc was the only company to make a takeover approach for the media group. AT&T said on Saturday it had agreed to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion, or $107.50 per share, to gain control of cable TV channels HBO and CNN, film studio Warner Bros, and other coveted media assets. Several media outlets had reported that Apple Inc had also been interested in acquiring Time Warner.
Iraqis push toward Mosul; group calls for airstrike probe
BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) ? Iraqi forces fought their way into two villages near Mosul on Monday as the offensive to retake the extremist-held city entered its second week and a rights group urged a probe into a suspected airstrike that hit a mosque, killing over a dozen civilians.
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Global stocks up on strong Japanese, European data
TOKYO (AP) ? Stock markets had an upbeat start to the week after stronger-than-expected economic data from Japan and the eurozone. Attention is likely to focus this week on Friday's release of U.S. growth data, as investors adapt to expectations the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates in December.
The Latest: Strikes in northwest Syria town kill at least 5
Turkish artillery has killed 17 Islamic State militants in Mosul operation - ministerTurkish artillery fire has killed 17 Islamic State militants since the battle to drive them from the Iraqi city of Mosul began and four Turkish F-16 fighter jets are on standby to take part, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday. Turkey wants to play a bigger role in the Iraqi-led offensive against the jihadists in Mosul, but Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday declined an offer from Ankara to take part. Speaking at a joint news conference with his visiting French counterpart, Cavusoglu also said Turkey will be more active in fighting the Kurdish PKK militant group in Iraq.
US: Philippines' Duterte sparking distress around the world
MANILA, Philippines (AP) ? America's top diplomat for Asia said Monday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks and a "real climate of uncertainty" about his government's intentions have sparked distress in the U.S. and other countries.
Spain, data lead Europe higher after breakthrough for PM Rajoy
By Patrick Graham LONDON (Reuters) - Stock markets rose on Monday, led in Europe by a surge for Spain's IBEX index on signs of an end to 10 months of political deadlock that has paralyzed government in one of the countries worst-hit by the euro zone's debt crisis. The bond yields at which governments in Europe's debt-ridden southern countries fund their budget gaps were also sharply lower, 10-year bond yields falling 5 basis points in Spain and 15 in Portugal after a ratings decision seen as crucial to keeping the European Central Bank buying Lisbon's bonds.
Special Report: As death toll mounts, Duterte deploys dubious data in drugs war
By Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte ended a recent speech in Manila with a now-familiar claim: Two policemen were dying every day in his violent battle to rid the country of illegal drugs. From July 1, when Duterte launched his "war on drugs," to Oct. 12, when he spoke in Manila, 13 police officers were killed. This is not the only dubious claim Duterte has used to justify his bloody anti-narcotics campaign, according to a Reuters review of official government data and interviews with the president's top anti-drug officials.
At odds over Brexit, UK nations discuss how to cooperate on terms
By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - The leaders of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales met British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday to discuss what part the three nations will play in the Brexit process, a thorny issue that risks triggering a constitutional crisis. May proposes setting up a new committee to give the three devolved governments, which have varying degrees of autonomy from London, a formal avenue to express views on how Britain's future relationship with the European Union should work. "The country is facing a negotiation of tremendous importance and it is imperative that the devolved administrations play their part in making it work," May said in a statement her office released before the meeting.