Canada security services struggle with extremist threat, resources gap

Canada security services struggle with extremist threat, resources gap

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s spy agency and national police force are so constrained by a lack of resources that they can’t keep close track of all the Islamic extremists who may be a potential threat at home and they have also had to abandon some counter-espionage work and criminal investigations, according to [...]

Judge issues order enforcing Ebola isolation of defiant Maine nurse

Judge issues order enforcing Ebola isolation of defiant Maine nurse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The confrontation between the state of Maine and a nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone heated up on Friday when a judge issued a temporary order enforcing a quarantine after she defied state officials and took a bike ride. The order from Charles LaVerdiere, chief judge of the Maine District [...]

U.S. consumer sentiment at highest since July 2007

U.S. consumer sentiment at highest since July 2007

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. consumer sentiment rose in October to its highest level since in more than seven years on growing optimism about the economy and more favorable personal financial expectations, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s final October reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment finished at [...]

Exxon, Chevron results boosted by refining as oil prices slip

Exxon, Chevron results boosted by refining as oil prices slip

(Reuters) – A surge in refining profits boosted quarterly results at Exxon Mobil Corp <XOM.N> and Chevron Corp <CVX.N>, helping to offset declining oil and gas production and falling crude oil prices. Both companies reported better-than-expected third-quarter profits on Friday, with executives touting the importance of owning massive refineries alongside oil and gas wells. Refining [...]

U.S. third-quarter wage gains largest since 2008

U.S. third-quarter wage gains largest since 2008

WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – – U.S. labor costs rose more than expected in the third quarter as wages recorded their largest gain since 2008, a sign that a long-awaited pick-up in wage growth was underway. The Employment Cost Index, the broadest measure of labor costs, increased 0.7 percent after advancing by the same margin [...]

U.S. consumer spending falters; wage gains highest since 2008

U.S. consumer spending falters; wage gains highest since 2008

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. consumer spending fell for the first time in eight months in September, suggesting the economy lost some momentum heading into the fourth quarter. But rising consumer sentiment and faster wage growth suggest the weakness in spending will be temporary, with the economy remaining on firm ground. "The fundamentals [...]

Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter

Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter

By Humeyra Pamuk and Raheem Salman SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighboring Turkey. The predominantly Kurdish town, besieged for more than 40 days, [...]

Thousands denounce HSBC board member’s likening of Hong Kong people to freed slaves

Thousands denounce HSBC board member’s likening of Hong Kong people to freed slaves

By Anne Marie Roantree and Lisa Jucca HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands have signed an online petition denouncing reported comments by an HSBC Holdings board member in which she likened Hong Kong protesters’ demands for democracy to the emancipation of slaves. Laura Cha, who is also a member of Hong Kong’s policy-making Executive Council, chairwoman [...]

Muslim men over 50 pray at Jerusalem’s Aqsa mosque amid tight security

Muslim men over 50 pray at Jerusalem’s Aqsa mosque amid tight security

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Muslim men over 50 prayed at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday amid intense security, a day after Israel closed all access to the sacred compound for the first time in more than a decade following violence on the streets. More than 1,000 Israeli police were [...]

Iran hits back after West condemns its human rights record

Iran hits back after West condemns its human rights record

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran defended itself on Friday against Western accusations of repression and a sharp rise in executions, including that of a woman hanged for murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her. Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary general of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, part of its judiciary, [...]