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  • Shares in Deutsche Bank plunge almost 9 pct in Frankfurt

    Deutsche Bank shares dropped on news that a number of hedge funds had pulled money out of the German giant owing to concerns over its financial strengthShares in Germany's biggest lender Deutsche Bank plummeted nearly nine percent in Frankfurt early Friday amid fears about its viability, dragging markets around the world down with it. By 0725 GMT, its shares had shed 8.83 percent to 9.91 euros ($11.07), after news that a number of hedge funds had pulled money out of the German giant owing to concerns over its financial strength. Traditional Frankfurt rival Commerzbank was pulled down with Deutsche, losing 7.3 percent to trade at 5.38 euros.


  • Survey: Chinese factories eke out expansion in September

    Survey: Chinese factories eke out expansion in SeptemberChinese factories eked out a tiny expansion in activity for September as new orders picked up marginally, offering a glimmer of hope for the world's No. 2 economy, according to a private survey Friday. ...


  • Japan OKs $1.5 billion contract for new Tokyo stadium

    FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2016, file photo, Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, left, speaks about his design of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics stadium, background, during a press conference in Tokyo. Japan’s government approved on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, a plan for a nearly 150 billion yen ($1.5 billion) contract with a joint venture to build a new main stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The stadium construction will begin in December, more than a year after an earlier plan was scrapped due to spiraling cost and an unpopular design. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government approved a plan Friday for a nearly 150 billion yen ($1.5 billion) contract with a joint venture to build a new main stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.


  • Saudi foreign ministry condemns passage of U.S. Sept. 11 law Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry condemned the passage of a U.S. law that would allow families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to sue the kingdom for damages, calling it a matter of "great concern" in a statement on Thursday. The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve legislation that will allow the families of those killed in the 2001 attacks on the United States to seek damages from the Saudi government. "The erosion of sovereign immunity will have a negative impact on all nations, including the United States," said the Saudi statement, which was carried on state news agency SPA after a day of stony silence from Riyadh.
  • 3,800 civilians dead in year of Russian strikes in Syria: monitor

    A Syrian man walks past a bus set ablaze following a reported air strike in the rebel-held Salaheddin district of AleppoAround 3,800 civilians have been killed in one year of Russian air strikes in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad, a monitoring group said Friday. The toll also includes more than 5,500 fighters from the Islamic State jihadist group and various rebel factions, the British-based monitor said. At least 20,000 civilians were wounded in the Russian raids, it said.


  • Dismissing risks, Trump goes all-in on Bill Clinton's past

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Bedford, N.H. (AP Photo/John Locher)NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump says he took the moral high ground at the first presidential debate by not mentioning the infidelities of former President Bill Clinton. But he hinted at them, talked about them immediately afterward and then sent his campaign's top backers out to do the same.


  • Russia fighting in Syria for a year, still at odds with US

    FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2016 file photo, Secretary of State John Kerry speaks in New York. Kerry is threatening to cut off all contacts with Moscow over Syria, unless Russian and Syrian government attacks on Aleppo end. The State Department says Kerry issued the ultimatum in a Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, telephone call to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after Russia waded into the war in Syria, aiming to flex its national security muscles and prop up beleaguered Syrian President Bashar Assad, Moscow appears no closer to one of its military goals: getting the U.S. to coordinate combat operations in the civil war. And prospects of a diplomatic resolution seem dim.


  • Gabon opposition leader rejects Bongo's legitimacy, calls for talks

    Gabon opposition leader Jean Ping attends a meeting with advisors in LibrevilleBy Gerauds Wilfried Obangome LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Gabon's opposition leader Jean Ping called on Thursday for national talks to form a "new republic" and urged foreign powers to impose sanctions on allies of President Ali Bongo, sworn in this week after a disputed election in the oil-producing nation. Ping remained intransigent during his speech in the capital Libreville, saying he refused to recognise Bongo's presidency. Ping ridiculed Bongo's earlier appeals for talks, saying that the president, who came to power in a contentious 2009 election following his father Omar Bongo's death after 42 years in power, had won fraudulently.


  • Clinton's 'nasty' Trump ads are mostly his own words

    In this Sept. 29, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Bedford, N.H. Trump says Hillary Clinton is making “nasty” ads about him. Most of Clinton’s commercials about Trump, though, merely include clips of him speaking. Her campaign seems to have concluded that Trump is his own worst enemy. (AP Photo/John Locher)WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton is making "nasty" ads about him. Most of Clinton's commercials about Trump, though, merely include clips of him speaking. Her campaign seems to have concluded that Trump is his own worst enemy.


  • The Latest: Netanyahu calls Peres 'great man of the world'

    FILE - In this March 21, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres raise their glasses in a toast after Obama received the Israeli Medal of Distinction from Peres during a State Dinner at President's residence in Jerusalem, Israel. Both were Nobel Prize laureates who labored for peace in the Middle East but failed to achieve it. Now, their joint efforts are at an end as President Barack Obama prepares to pay a final tribute to Shimon Peres in Jerusalem. Obama boarded Air Force One Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, to fly to Israel to join dozens of world leaders at the funeral of Peres, the 93-year-old former prime minister, president and elder statesman. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the funeral of Israel's former President Shimon Peres (all times local):


  • Family of slain black man wants police to release full video

    Pamela Benge, center, spoke of her son, Alfred Olango, at a press conference on Thursday Sept. 29, 2016, in San Diego, Calif., to address the killing of Olango, a Ugandan refugee shot by an El Cajon police officer on Tuesday. In an emotional appearance before reporters, Benge said her son Alfred was joyful and loving and was not mentally ill. (AP Photo/Don Boomer)EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — Angry protests flared again Thursday night after a family attorney charged that an unarmed black man was unjustly killed by San Diego police, and that officials were trying to sway public opinion by only releasing a single, favorable frame from video of the shooting.


  • Palestinian president, Netanyahu shake hands at Peres funeral

    Members of the Knesset guard carry the flag-draped coffin of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, during a ceremony at the Knesset, Israeli Parliament, before it is transported to Mount Herzl Cemetery ahead of his funeral in JerusalemBy Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shook hands and exchanged brief words at the funeral on Friday of Shimon Peres, the former Israeli leader who won international acclaim for peacemaking with the Palestinians. U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders gathered for the burial in Jerusalem's Mount Herzl cemetery, two days after Peres, a former president and premier, died at the age of 93. "Long time, long time," Abbas told Netanyahu and the prime minister's wife Sara, after shaking his hand before the start of the state ceremony.


  • Trump injects Bill Clinton scandals into 2016 race

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Bedford, N.H. (AP Photo/John Locher)BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — Donald Trump is warning voters that a Hillary Clinton victory would bring her husband's sex scandal back to the White House.


  • Speaking at the funeral, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu says ex-President Shimon Peres was a 'great man of the world' JERUSALEM (AP) — Speaking at the funeral, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu says ex-President Shimon Peres was a 'great man of the world'
  • Hearing set for teen held in South Carolina school shooting

    Fire Chief Billy McAdams, center, speaks with reporters about a school shooting during a news conference in Townville, S.C., on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. McAdams was among the first two officials to arrive on the scene of the shooting, which injured two students and a teacher at a rural elementary school. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A judge will decide whether authorities can continue holding a teenager arrested after a school shooting that left two students and a teacher wounded and a tiny South Carolina community coping with the aftermath.


  • Mother of California man shot by police says he was having breakdown

    Pamela Benge, mother of Alfred Olango, speaks as the family of Alfred Olango, who was shot by El Cajon police Tuesday, gathers at a news conference in San Diego, CaliforniaBy Dan Whitcomb SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The mother of an unarmed black man shot to death in Southern California said on Thursday her son was having a mental breakdown when he was confronted by police and they should have helped him instead of quickly opening fire. Within two minutes of police arriving, Alfred Olango, 38, was shot to death in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon on Tuesday after he pointed an object that turned out to be an electronic cigarette at police, authorities said. It was the latest in a string of shootings of mostly unarmed black men by white police officers in the United States that have led to sometimes violent protests.


  • Asian stocks lower on renewed worries about banking sector

    FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, file photo, trader James Dresch, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Energy stocks led most markets higher on Thursday, Sept. 29, after OPEC nations reached a preliminary deal to cut oil production for the first time in eight years. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were lower on Friday as investor sentiment was dented by overnight losses on Wall Street and renewed worries about the health of Deutsche Bank.


  • Russia, Syria geopolitics frame pope's Caucasus trip

    Russia, Syria geopolitics frame pope's Caucasus tripPope Francis' trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan will be filled with religiously symbolic encounters with Catholics, Orthodox, Muslims and Jews. Current events in Syria and other geopolitical concerns might ...


  • World leaders gather for funeral of Nobel laureate Peres

    US President Barack Obama (L) attends the funeral of former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl national cemeteryWorld leaders including US President Barack Obama and Prince Charles were bidding farewell to Israeli ex-prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres on Friday as his funeral began under massive security. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was among attendees at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl national cemetery and was seated in the front row, reportedly at the request of Peres's family. Abbas knew Peres well and negotiated with him.


  • Syrian monitor: Russian airstrikes killed 9,300 in past year

    In this photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, Syrians inspect damaged buildings after airstrikes by government helicopters on the rebel-held Aleppo neighborhood of Mashhad, Syria, Tuesday Sept. 27, 2016. A year after Russia waded into the war in Syria, aiming to flex its national security muscles and prop up beleaguered Syrian President Bashar Assad, Moscow appears no closer to one of its military goals: getting the U.S. to coordinate combat operations in the civil war. And prospects of a diplomatic resolution seem dim. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian opposition monitoring group that tracks Syria's civil war says a year of Russian airstrikes have killed more than 9,000 people in the war-torn country.


  • Deutsche Bank admits 'perception issue' as shares slide

    A statue is seen next to the logo of Germany's Deutsche Bank in FrankfurtBy Gernot Heller and Andreas Rinke BERLIN (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank shares were indicated down 6.2 percent ahead of the opening of the Frankfurt market on Friday, after Germany's largest lender admitted it had an image problem with investors as fresh concerns over its stability emerged. The lurch followed a Bloomberg report on Thursday that a number of hedge funds that clear derivatives trades with Deutsche had withdrawn some excess cash and adjusted positions, a sign that counterparties are wary of doing business with it. One large hedge fund in Asia had pulled out its collateral from Deutsche amounting to $50 million in the last two days, while another fund which had a "smallish amount" with the bank was monitoring the situation closely and had not pulled out yet, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday.


  • Europe's comet chaser gets final commands to end its mission

    The artist impression provided on the website of the European Space Agency ESA on Sept. 29, 2016 shows ESA's Rosetta cometary probe. The spacecraft will be crash landed on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Sept. 30, 2016. (J. Huart/ESA via AP)BERLIN (AP) — Europe's comet-chasing space probe Rosetta has received its last commands putting it on course to crash-land on the icy surface of the alien world it's been following for more than a decade.


  • Newcomers _ 6 Euros, 2 Yanks _ could be key to Ryder Cup

    Europe's Andy Sullivan congratulates Europe's Rory McIlroy after McIlroy holed his approach shot on the sixth hole during a practice round for the Ryder Cup golf tournament Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Welshman Jamie Donaldson had quite the debut in the Ryder Cup two years ago, though his rookie success wasn't enough to get him invited back.


  • UK consumer confidence surges to pre-Brexit levels - survey

    A woman holds a Union Flag shopping bag in LondonBritish consumer morale rocketed back to pre-Brexit levels in September, a survey found, confounding expectations that the vote to leave the EU would wreak more lasting damage on Briton's willingness to spend. Market research firm GfK's gauge of consumer confidence suffered its sharpest drop in over 26 years in July as economists said Brexit would pitch the economy into recession, but data suggests Britain has avoided a rapid slump. The GfK index, based on an online poll of 2,000 people, rose to -1 in September from -7 in August - the biggest increase since June last year and restoring levels seen in the months before the June 23 referendum.


  • Duterte 'happy to slaughter' drug suspects; mentions Hitler

    Duterte 'happy to slaughter' drug suspects; mentions HitlerPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte raised the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level Friday, comparing it to Hitler and the Holocaust and saying he would be "happy to slaughter" ...


  • LEADING OFF: Wild-card chases in AL and NL, rainy forecasts

    Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista, left, reacts after striking out in front of Baltimore Orioles' Matt Wieters, right, during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Thursday Sept. 29, 2016. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)A look at what's happening around the majors today:


  • Pakistan militant group jumps to prominence with attacks

    FILE - In this Monday, March 28, 2016 photo, women try to comfort a Christian mother who lost her son in bomb attack, claimed responsibility by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, in Lahore, Pakistan. One of Pakistan’s most vicious militant groups, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, has dramatically stepped its attacks over the past month in what appears to be a backlash to military operations against it. It has eclipsed the Pakistani Taliban as the main militant group in a country where multiple armed extremist factions operate. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary, File)ISLAMABAD (AP) — One of Pakistan's most vicious militant groups has dramatically stepped up its attacks over the past month, striking mosques, Christians and security forces in attacks that have killed more than 60 people in what appears to be a backlash to military operations against it.


  • Green's big game gets Bengals settled against Dolphins

    Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) scores a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)CINCINNATI (AP) — A.J. Green's big game got the Bengals back to break-even and left them with reasons for optimism heading into a tough stretch of their season.


  • Asia stocks slide as Deutsche sours mood, oil pulls back

    A man looks at an electronic board showing the Japanese yen's exchange rate against Euro outside a brokerage in Tokyo, JapanAsian stocks extended losses on Friday as worries about the health of Deutsche Bank weighed on financial shares and as oil prices inched back from near-one month highs on scepticism over OPEC's new plan to curb output. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan lost 1 percent and was on track for a 0.9 percent drop for the week. On Thursday, Wall Street lost about 1 percent as Deutsche Bank shares slumped to a record low after a report that trading clients had withdrawn excess cash and positions held in the largest German lender.


  • Gut feeling: new CEO to steer Nestle down uncharted health path

    A logo is pictured outside the Nestle Institute of Health Sciences in LausanneUsing them to cure disease and boost wellness is one of several bets KitKat maker Nestle is making in the field of health and nutritional science, as it seeks to offset slowing sales of traditional processed foods. Ulf Mark Schneider, a German medical industry veteran, is expected to speed the drive into health-oriented products when he becomes the first Nestle outsider chief executive in nearly a century in January. Schneider's hiring from healthcare firm Fresenius signals Nestle's commitment to pioneering the interface of food and medicine, in part by focusing on nascent areas like microbiome therapy, which has potential to boost human health and Nestle's margins.


  • Factbox: Nestle Health Science key investments (Reuters) - Nestle believes its Health Science unit will eventually generate annual sales of 10 billion Swiss francs ($10.3 billion). It already has sales of more than 2 billion francs.
  • Israelis, world leaders gather for Peres funeral

    A portrait of late Israeli President Shimon Peres is seen at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Peres died early Wednesday at the age of 93. The state funeral of Peres is planned on Friday. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis, along with dignitaries from around the world, were gathering in Jerusalem Friday for the funeral of former President Shimon Peres.


  • Obama arrives in Israel for Shimon Peres memorial service

    FILE - In this June 13, 2012 file photo President Barack Obama looks at Israeli President Shimon Peres after awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a dinner in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Both were Nobel Prize laureates who labored for peace in the Middle East but failed to achieve it. Now, their joint efforts are at an end as President Barack Obama prepares to pay a final tribute to Shimon Peres in Jerusalem. Obama boarded Air Force One Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, to fly to Israel to join dozens of world leaders at the funeral of Peres, the 93-year-old former prime minister, president and elder statesman. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — President Barack Obama flew to Israel Friday to pay his respects to Shimon Peres, the former leader whose six decades of work shaping this tiny nation into a powerful and industrious force generated tremendous respect from Obama.


  • The latest: Some violence, vandalism in police protests

    In this Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 frame from video provided by the El Cajon Police Department, a man, second from left, faces police officers in El Cajon, Calif. The man reportedly acting erratically at a strip mall in suburban San Diego was shot and killed by police after pulling an object from his pocket, pointing it at officers and assuming a "shooting stance," authorities said. Some protesters claimed the man was shot with his hands raised, but police disputed that and produced the frame from cellphone video taken by a witness that appeared to show the man in the "shooting stance" as two officers approached with weapons drawn. (El Cajon Police Department via AP)EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in El Cajon, California (all times are local):


  • Rosetta spacecraft set for comet crash

    The Rosetta spacecraft measures 32 m across including the solar arrays, while the comet nucleus is thought to be about 4 km wideEurope's pioneering spacecraft Rosetta headed for a crash landing Friday on the comet it has stalked for two years, a dramatic end to a 12-year odyssey to demystify our Solar System's origins. Sent by ground controllers on a leisurely, 14-hour freefall, Rosetta was engaged in a last-gasp spurt of science-gathering on the 19-kilometre (12-mile) journey to its icy comet tomb. "Next stop #67P!" the European Space Agency (ESA) tweeted late Thursday, using a shortened version of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's full name.


  • Cardinals top Reds on Molina's disputed double in 9th inning

    The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate with an ice bath after Yadier Molina drove in the game-winning run with a double against the Cincinnati Reds in a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Cardinals own 4-3. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)ST. LOUIS (AP) — There was no dispute the St. Louis Cardinals shouldn't have won on Yadier Molina's double.


  • Canada wins World Cup, rallying to beat Europe 2-1

    Canada's Brad Marchand celebrates his goal against Europe during the third period of Game 2 of the World Cup of Hockey finals, in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO (AP) — Canada was not the best team on the ice until it mattered.


  • Watt has back surgery, expected to miss rest of season

    FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2016, file photo,Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt warms up before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. The biggest defensive star in the Lone Star state is out. That's a void for the Houston Texans as big as, well, J.J. Watt's persona. Houston's best on D for now will have to be Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)HOUSTON (AP) — A person familiar with J.J. Watt's condition said the Houston Texans' star defensive lineman had back surgery Thursday and is expected to miss the rest of the season.


  • Tulsa officer expected to plead not guilty to manslaughter

    FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Tulsa Oklahoma Police Department shows officer Betty Shelby. Police say Tulsa officer Shelby fired the fatal shot that killed Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16, 2016. Shelby's attorney Scott Wood said Thursday, Sept. 29 that she was so hyper-focused on the situation that she didn't hear other officers arrive on the scene or even the deadly gunshot she fired from her handgun. Officer Shelby is expected to enter a not-guilty plea at her arraignment on Friday. (Tulsa Police Department via AP, File)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa police officer is expected to plead not guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of an unarmed black man when she makes her first appearance before a Tulsa County judge.


  • Philippines' Duterte draws Hitler parallel

    Police investigate the site where suspected drug pushers were killed after an encounter with police in the Pasig City district of suburban Manila on September 23, 2016Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday drew a parallel between his deadly crime war and Hitler's massacre of Jews, saying he was "happy to slaughter" millions of drug addicts. Duterte also attacked the United States and the European Union for "hypocrisy" in criticising his anti-drug crackdown, in which more than 3,000 people have been killed since he took office three months ago. "Hitler massacred three million Jews.