Putin says Islamic State has seized 700 hostages in Syria

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Islamic State militants had seized nearly 700 hostages in part of Syria controlled by U.S.-backed forces and issued an ultimatum promising to execute 10 people every day. Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a signing ceremony following a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the Black Sea resort ...

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Police officer run over in Blackley during van chase

Image caption The injured policeman was put in an ambulance after the crash Two teenage girls are among four people arrested after a police officer was run over during a police chase. The officer, 43, suffered leg injuries when he was hit by a van being pursued by officers at 07:30 BST in Blackley New Road, Blackley, Manchester. He had ...

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Futures drop on hawkish Fed, disappointing industrial earnings

(Reuters) – U.S. stock futures fell on Thursday, as some industrials reported disappointing results, while the Federal Reserve’s minutes showed officials broadly agreed on raising interest rates further, fanning concerns that contributed to last week’s brutal selloff. FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid ...

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EU cultivates Asian leaders on trade, climate in message to Trump

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will seek Asian support for free trade, the Iran nuclear deal and fighting global warming at a regional summit on Thursday that includes China, Japan and Russia as a counterbalance to a more protectionist United States. U.S. President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks prior to awarding the Medal of Honor to Vietnam War ...

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Highway Code may include ‘Dutch reach’ to keep cyclists safe

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat is the ‘Dutch reach’? Measures to help protect cyclists, including encouraging people to adopt the “Dutch reach”, are expected to be included in the new Highway Code. The method of opening a car door with the hand furthest from the handle forces drivers to look over their shoulder for passing cyclists. ...

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Blackstone third-quarter profit beats estimates amid market rise

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Blackstone Group LP (BX.N), the world’s largest manager of alternative assets, modestly exceeded analyst expectations with an 11 percent jump in third-quarter earnings on Thursday, as climbing equity markets buoyed its holdings. FILE PHOTO: The ticker and trading information for Blackstone Group is displayed at the post where it is traded on the floor of the ...

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Ethiopia’s PM says soldiers who marched on palace sought to ‘abort reforms’

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Thursday that soldiers who marched on his palace last week had “nefarious aims” and wanted to abort the government’s reforms. FILE PHOTO: Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed addresses a news conference in his office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia August 25, 2018. REUTERS/Kumera Gemechu/File Photo In an address to parliament, ...

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Emma Bunton to host the US version of Bake Off

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Emma Bunton presents the Heart radio breakfast show with Jamie Theakston Spice Girl Emma Bunton is the new presenter of the US version of The Great British Bake Off. The Great American Baking Show will return to TV in the US later this year with Paul Hollywood returning as judge. Baby Spice said it ...

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