BUK: Russia's feared anti-aircraft missile system
The BUK missile system blamed for shooting down flight MH17 over east Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, is an anti-aircraft weapon whose origins date back to the Soviet era. BUK -- which means "Beech" in Russian -- first fully entered service with the Red Army in 1980, and has been exported to many countries, including North Korea and Syria. Up to six BUK missiles can be fired simultaneously from a launch vehicle -- usually either a military truck or a tank -- on targets flying on different bearings, according to the London-based Jane's defence and intelligence group.
Wall Street reverses loss, gains on oil rally
Chevron climbed 2.5 percent and Exxon Mobil gained 4.66 percent. At 2:22 pm ET, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.38 percent to 18,297.06 points and the S&P 500 had gained 0.29 percent to 2,166.1. The Nasdaq Composite added 0.07 percent to 5,309.31.
Growing California wildfire threatens remote mountain homes
MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) ? A growing and destructive wildfire was moving toward remote California homes in the Santa Cruz Mountains on Wednesday as it scorched its way through bone-dry brush and trees.
OPEC agrees to limit oil output at 32.5 million barrels per day
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Testimony: GOP staff wanted Democrats off bridge authorityNEWARK, N.J. (AP) ? The former bridge authority official testifying in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial said Wednesday that Republican Gov. Chris Christie's staff asked him to produce a list of authority employees so the Democrats could be purged.
Warplanes knock out Aleppo hospitals as Russian-backed assault intensifies
By Ellen Francis and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russian or Syrian warplanes knocked two hospitals out of service in the besieged rebel sector of Aleppo on Wednesday and ground forces intensified an assault in a battle which the United Nations said had turned the city into a slaughterhouse. Two patients died in one of the hospitals and other shelling killed six residents queueing for bread under a siege that has trapped 250,000 people with food running out. "The warplane flew over us and directly started dropping its missiles ... at around 4 a.m.," Mohammad Abu Rajab, a radiologist at the M10 hospital, the largest trauma hospital in the city's rebel-held sector, told Reuters.
Seeking maximum lift from debate, Clinton courts millennials
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Hillary Clinton sought Wednesday to parlay her widely praised debate performance into stronger support from women, young Americans and other critical voter groups, while Donald Trump kept focus on the die-hard backers who have thronged his rallies this year.
Kerry says TPP rejection would hurt US national security
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Secretary of State John Kerry urged Congress on Wednesday to adopt a landmark 12-nation Asia-Pacific trade deal, arguing that rejection would badly damage U.S. credibility and national security.
US accused of killing 22 in misdirected Somalia air strikeBy Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - An air strike in northern Somalia left as many as 22 soldiers dead overnight, local officials said on Wednesday, and one region said the United States had been duped into attacking its troops. Galmudug's Security Minister Osman Issa said 22 of his region's soldiers had been killed in the strike, adding that the rival neighbouring region of Puntland had requested it on the pretext that the men were al Shabaab Islamist militants. "Puntland misinformed the United States and thus our forces were bombed," he told Reuters.