Wednesday, October 24, 2012


  • Sudan blames Israeli air strike hit for munitions plant blasts

    KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan said on Wednesday that an Israeli air strike had caused the huge explosion and fire at an arms factory in Khartoum that killed two people, while Israel's defense and foreign ministry declined to comment.

  • Clinton: Facebook post about Benghazi attack not hard "evidence"

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday a Facebook post in which an Islamic militant group claimed credit for a recent attack on the U.S.

  • Euro dips on German data, shares up as Fed eyed

    According to Thomson Reuters data through Tuesday, of the 161 companies in the S&P 500 that have posted earnings, 60 percent have beaten analysts' estimates.

  • Romney steals narrow lead from Obama as election nears

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican candidate Mitt Romney was 1 percentage point ahead of President Barack Obama in Wednesday's Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll in a presidential race that is effectively a dead heat less than two weeks before the ...

  • Syria undecided on ceasefire proposal, rebels divided

    BEIRUT/CAIRO (Reuters) - Syria said on Wednesday its military command was still studying a proposal for a holiday ceasefire with rebels - contradicting international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi's announcement that Damascus had agreed to a truce.

  • Barnes & Noble says thieves tampered with PIN pads

    (Reuters) - Barnes & Noble Inc said on Wednesday that customers who shopped at 63 of its stores as recently as last month may have had their credit or debit card information stolen in what the U.S.

  • Pharmacy linked to meningitis deaths failed on sterility measures

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The pharmacy linked to a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak repeatedly failed to follow standard safety and quality procedures, including waiting for results of sterility tests on its injectable steroid before shipping them to ...

  • Oil slides on US inventory rise, Europe's weak data

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Brent crude prices fell for a seventh consecutive session on Wednesday as rising U.S. crude inventories and weak euro zone economic data offset supportive signs that Chinese petroleum demand could stage a recovery.

  • UPDATE 3-Greece says has been given more time on austerity

    Athens has been lobbying for extension of two more years. * Greece to put austerity plan to parliament next week. * Greek government allies yet to support labour reforms.

  • SocGen rogue trader Kerviel launches final appeal

    PARIS (Reuters) - Former Societe Generale (SOGN.PA) trader Jerome Kerviel said on Wednesday he would make a final appeal to the French Supreme Court against a three-year jail sentence for his role in the nation's biggest rogue-trading scandal.

  • Facebook wins back friends on Wall Street, shares soar

    (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's shares headed towards their biggest one-day jump on Wednesday after the company reported a surprising rise in mobile advertising, easing concerns it was having trouble capitalizing on soaring use of smartphones and tablets.

  • Fed sticks to stimulus plan, economy a bit firmer

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday stuck to its plan to keep stimulating the U.S. economy until the job market improves and repeated its vow to keep rates near zero until mid-2015.

  • South Africa labor hero urged crackdown on "criminal" strike

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African millionaire businessman and one-time anti-apartheid hero Cyril Ramaphosa urged ministers to crack down on a violent platinum miners' strike the day before 34 miners were killed by police, according to emails ...

  • Netflix shares dive as analysts cut targets

    (Reuters) - Shares of Netflix Inc sunk as much as 16 percent on Wednesday as analysts cut price targets and warned emerging competition will threaten growth of the company's U.S.

  • UPDATE 1-Savile victims allege paedophile ring existed at BBC

    LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) - A sex scandal gripping Britain's BBC deepened on Wednesday with claims that a paedophile ring had existed involving some of its stars, as its former director general said his handling of the case shouldn't stop him becoming ...

  • Beautiful Microsoft tablet let down by software gaps: reviewers

    (Reuters) - Tech bloggers and other reviewers praised Microsoft Corp's new Surface RT tablet for beautiful design but said a shortage of applications and a slow operating system meant the result was heartbreak for users.

  • Reuters Business News Schedule at 1030 ET/1430 GMT

    REUTERS BUSINESS SCHEDULE AT 1030 ET/1430 GMT OCT 24, 2012 Receive this schedule by email: The Reuters business schedule runs at the following times: 0230,0630 GMT - Mathew Veedon +65 6870-3827 0830,1230 GMT ...

  • US sues Bank of America over "Hustle" mortgage fraud

    (Reuters) - The United States filed a civil mortgage fraud lawsuit against Bank of America Corp, accusing it of selling thousands of toxic home loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that went into default and caused more than $1 billion of losses ...

  • HIGHLIGHTS-Bank of Canada's Carney speaks in Ottawa

    Oct 24 (Reuters) - Below are key quotes from an appearance by Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney in Ottawa: ON INTEREST RATES.

  • Pro-government forces seize old Gaddafi bastion Bani Walid

    BANI WALID, Libya (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Libya's government took control of the former Gaddafi stronghold of Bani Walid on Wednesday, commanders said, after weeks of fighting that have underlined the weakness of central authority more than a year ...

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