Apple iPhone sales trample expectations as profit sets global record
(Reuters) - Apple Inc quarterly results smashed Wall Street expectations with record sales of big-screen iPhones in the holiday shopping season and a 70 percent rise in China sales, powering the company to the largest profit in corporate history.
Nine killed as gunmen storm luxury hotel in Libyan capital
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Heavily armed gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Tripoli favored by Libyan officials and visiting delegations on Tuesday, killing at least nine people, including foreigners, before blowing themselves up with a grenade.
Obama and Saudi king discuss Iran, energy in symbolic visit
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Tuesday to pay respects to the late King Abdullah and bolster a relationship that now stretches well beyond oil interests to security cooperation across the volatile Gulf Arab region.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc plans to spin off its 15 percent stake in China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , responding to pressure to hand over to shareholders its prized e-commerce investment valued at roughly $40 billion.
Japan vows to work with Jordan to secure hostage release
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has vowed to work with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after the killing last week of another Japanese captive, but it reiterated that it would not give in to terrorism.
U.S. business spending weakens, but consumers upbeat
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. business investment spending fell for a fourth straight month in December, a sign that slowing global growth may be weighing on the economy, but consumers remained upbeat and new home sales in December hit their highest level since June 2008.
The estate of the late comedian Joan Rivers filed a lawsuit Monday to "make certain that the many medical deficiencies that led to Joan Rivers' death are never repeated by any outpatient surgery center."