Syrian government opens corridor in Aleppo for evacuationsBEIRUT (AP) ? The Syrian government has opened a corridor for rebels and civilians who want to leave the besieged eastern neighborhoods of the city of Aleppo.
Bangladesh says head of group blamed for cafe siege dead
Pakistan 95-2 at lunch in second West Indies Test
Obama calls for 'big' win to repudiate 'dangerous' Trump
President Barack Obama eviscerated would-be successor Donald Trump Thursday for threatening not to concede if he loses next month's election, calling for a thumping Democratic victory to repudiate his "dangerous" claims of a rigged vote. Trump cast the United States into uncharted political waters by suggesting he may not recognize the result of the November 8 presidential election and could launch a legal challenge if Hillary Clinton wins. "Of course I will accept a clear election result, but I will also reserve my right to contest and file a legal challenge in the case of a questionable result," he said dangling his concession.
UK public finances worsen in September, adding to Hammond's budget headache
Britain's public finances showed a much bigger-than-expected deficit in September, a setback for Chancellor Philip Hammond as he prepares to deliver the country's first budget plans since the Brexit vote. Britain ran a budget shortfall - excluding state-owned banks - of 10.6 billion pounds last month, 14.5 percent higher than the deficit in the same month last year, the Office for National Statistics said on Friday. The deficit was above all forecasts in a Reuters poll of economists, which produced a median forecast of an 8.5 billion-pound shortfall, and could limit Hammond's ability to cushion the blow of the vote in June to leave the European Union through higher spending or tax cuts.
South Africa says bill to withdraw from International Criminal Court soon goes to parliamentJOHANNESBURG (AP) ? South Africa says bill to withdraw from International Criminal Court soon goes to parliament.
Dollar hits seven-month high, stocks set for weekly rise
By Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - Global stocks were set for their first weekly gain in four weeks on Friday and the dollar rose to its highest since March, as the euro came under pressure after the European Central Bank shot down talk of tapering its easy money stance. The euro hit its lowest since March after the ECB left its ultra-loose policy unchanged on Thursday but kept the door open to more stimulus in December. ECB President Mario Draghi also doused recent market speculation that the central bank had discussed winding down its 1.7 trillion euro asset-buying program.
Trump says he'll accept a clear election result, won't lose
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Donald Trump has stepped back only slightly from his refusal to say during his debate with Hillary Clinton whether he would concede if he loses on Election Day, failing to stem the criticism that flowed from Republicans and Democrats over an attitude some contended struck at the heart of American democracy.
BAT offers to buy U.S. tobacco firm Reynolds in $47 billion deal
By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - British American Tobacco has offered to buy U.S. tobacco company Reynolds American Inc in a $47 billion deal that would bring together Newport, Kent and Pall Mall cigarettes in the world's biggest listed tobacco company. The British group, which has a 42 percent stake in Reynolds, said its offer valued the company's shares at $56.50, of which $24.13 would be in cash and $32.37 would be in BAT shares, representing a premium of 20 percent over the closing price of Reynolds stock on Thursday. The total price for the remaining 57.8 percent of Reynolds would be $47 billion, of which approximately $20 billion would be in cash and $27 billion in BAT shares.
Six Iraqi police, 12 IS fighters killed in Kirkuk clashes: police
Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - Ongoing clashes between Iraqi security forces and jihadist gunmen apparently attempting to take over parts of the city of Kirkuk on Friday have left at least six policemen dead, security sources said.