Retail stocks slide on Wall Street on poor results
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are mostly lower on Wall Street in early trading as retailers report weak results.
Israel security a priority in talks on peace, Iran: Kerry
US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Thursday that Israel's security is a top priority for Washington, both in nuclear talks with Iran and peace talks with the Palestinians. Kerry is in Israel for a day of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders aimed at driving forward peace negotiations which appear to have made little headway since they began under his patronage in late July. But Iran was also high on the agenda when he met for more than three hours with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in what was their first face-to-face meeting since a fallout over the Iran nuclear deal.
Bosnian court won't re-arrest war criminals
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A Bosnian court is rejecting a request from prosecutors to re-arrest nine Bosnian Serbs convicted of war crimes but released because of procedural errors.
US economy grew a speedy 3.6 percent in Q3
Washington (United States) (AFP) - The US economy grew at a 3.6 percent pace in the third quarter, much better than earlier estimates and the strongest rate in almost two years, data showed Thursday. The Commerce Department revised sharply upward its first estimate of 2.8 percent annualized growth for the July-September quarter. Increases in final sales -- GDP less inventory investment -- slowed to 1.9 percent from 2.1 percent in the second quarter. Year-on-year, the economy has expanded just 1.8 percent from the third quarter in 2012.
Hurricane-force winds hit Scotland, close in on Germany
By Erik Kirschbaum and Belinda Goldsmith BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) - Hurricane-force winds disrupted transport and power supplies in Scotland and threatened coastal flooding in England as they closed in on north Europe in what meteorologists said could be one of the most powerful storms to hit the continent in years. British authorities said the Thames Barrier, designed to protect London from flooding during exceptional tides, would shut on Thursday night and warned of "the most serious coastal tidal surge for over 60 years in England". Prime Minister David Cameron called a meeting to discuss strategy. All train services in Scotland were suspended shortly after 8 a.m. local time until further notice due to debris on the tracks caused by storm Xaver.