Syrian rebels pour men and missiles into frontlines
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Insurgents in Syria are deploying more men and weapons, including significant quantities of anti-tank missiles, to resist ground attacks by the Syrian army and its allies, backed by Russian air strikes, rebels and a monitoring group said on Tuesday.
GE to sell $30 billion specialty finance business to Wells Fargo
(Reuters) - General Electric Co took a big step on Tuesday in its plan to unload most of its financing operations, saying it has agreed to sell commercial lending and leasing businesses worth more than $30 billion to Wells Fargo & Co .
Clinton tacks to the left ahead of Democratic debate
LAS VEGAS/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton has veered hard to the left ahead of Tuesday's first Democratic presidential debate, hoping to inoculate herself from criticism by rival Bernie Sanders and woo the union members and liberal activists who have been slow to embrace her.
Flight MH17 shot down by Russian-built Buk missile, Dutch report says
GILZE-RIJEN, Netherlands (Reuters) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a Russian-made Buk missile, the Dutch Safety Board concluded on Tuesday in its final report on the crash in July 2014 that killed all 298 people on board, most of them Dutch.
Palestinian 'Day of Rage' attacks kill three: Israeli police
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian men armed with knives and a gun killed at least three people and wounded several others in a string of attacks in Jerusalem and near Tel Aviv on Tuesday, police said, on a "Day of Rage" declared by Palestinian groups.
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - The world's two biggest brewers agreed on Tuesday to create a company making almost a third of the world's beer after SABMiller received an improved offer worth more than $100 billion from larger rival Anheuser-Busch InBev .
Wonkblog: Why Jennifer Lawrence is sick of acting ?adorable? at work
After hackers leaked thousands of e-mails from Sony Pictures bigwigs last year, Jennifer Lawrence, arguably America's most marketable actress, learned she earned significantly less money than her male co-stars in 2013?s award-winning American Hustle.Read full article >>
Wonkblog: In some Texas dorms, Nerf guns will be banned while real ones are allowed
Some University of Texas students plan to openly brandish sex toys on campus in protest of a new Texas law that allows students with concealed-carry permits to bring their guns on campus, in dorms and, potentially, in classrooms. The protest (complete with a catchy hashtag (NSFW-ish) highlights a contradiction in Texas's "campus carry" law: Starting in 2016, guns will be allowed on some campuses, while the open display of relatively harmless sex toys could bring a misdemeanor conviction and a $500 fine.Read full article >>
On Leadership: Warren Buffett talks politics (and jabs at Donald Trump)
The setting may have been Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit, but there is one man who is always welcome on the stage: Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett. The veteran investor sat down with retired Fortune writer Carol Loomis at the annual power confab Tuesday morning in Washington, sounding off on everything from activist investors to his own retirement to the presidential campaign.Read full article >>
It?s not just Twitter: Snapchat is laying off workers, too
Snapchat, the app that's best known for its disappearing messages, is stepping back from creating Netflix-style original content.You might not have realized Snapchat was even in the business of creating scripted shows. But in a move that likely reflects its poor performance, the effort has been shut down ? and now the 15-member team responsible for it is being disbanded. Among those leaving? Marcus Wiley, a former Fox comedy executive whom Snapchat hired to run its program planning and development.Read full article >>
Wonkblog: Inequality in everything: The rich get better breakfast sandwiches, too
Earlier this year, New York Times food critic Pete Wells was moved to write 841 words about breakfast sandwiches. It was a love letter of sorts, an ooey gooey ode to the most basic form of one of the most basic morning foods. But it was also a complaint: A new restaurant called BEC?short for Bacon Egg and Cheese?was about to open in Manhattan, and he was less than pleased.Read full article >>
Main Street Morning: A Will Ferrell-themed bar just opened in New York
Welcome to Main Street Morning, The Washington Post?s daily collection of news affecting entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses with a special focus on policy and government.Here?s what?s affecting my small business, my clients and other entrepreneurs today.Read full article >>
BANGKOK -- Most Asian markets took cues from Wall Street on Thursday and edged higher despite serious challenges to the global economy, including Japan's struggle to contain an earthquake-spawned nuclear crisis, Portugal's unresolved financial problems and uprisings in the Middle East.
TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp., the world's biggest automaker, said Thursday it expects to halt production at some of its factories in North America due to shortages of parts from Japan following a devastating earthquake.
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Aviation Administration has significantly improved its safety oversight of for-hire aircraft companies but hasn't followed through on recommendations regarding air tours and illegal operators, a government watchdog said Wednesday.
Asia stocks mixed amid uncertainty in Japan, Libya
BANGKOK -- Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday following a retreat on Wall Street as the staggering toll exacted by Japan's worst-ever earthquake came into sharper focus and uncertainties grew about the outcome of Western military action against Libya.
In an in-depth report for FT Weekend Magazine, Alec Russell exposes the billion-dollar illegal wildlife trade, tracing it from rhinoceros poachers in Mozambique, to the killing fields in South Africa?s Kruger Park and on to the booming market for rhino horn in South-East Asia