Ukraine vote candidate survives gun and grenade attack: party

KIEV (Reuters) – A Ukrainian election candidate allied to the prime minister was shot at and came under a grenade attack as he left his home late on Monday, and only survived because he was wearing body armor, his party said. Volodymyr Borysenko, from Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk’s People’s Front party, was being treated in [...]

Pistorius starts five-year term for killing Reeva Steenkamp

Pistorius starts five-year term for killing Reeva Steenkamp

By Joe Brock PRETORIA (Reuters) – Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius started his five-year jail sentence on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, marking the end of a trial that has gripped South Africa and millions around the world. His uncle, Arnold Pistorius, indicated he would not appeal. As judge Thokozile Masipa gave [...]

Exclusive: Iran offers ‘compromises’ in nuclear talks, West unmoved

Exclusive: Iran offers ‘compromises’ in nuclear talks, West unmoved

By Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau ANKARA/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Iran is pushing what it portrays as a new compromise proposal in nuclear talks, but Western negotiators say it offers no viable concessions, underscoring how far apart the two sides are as they enter crunch time before a Nov. 24 deadline. In the negotiations with six [...]

China’s growth slowest since global crisis, annual target at risk

China’s growth slowest since global crisis, annual target at risk

By Jake Spring and Xiaoyi Shao BEIJING (Reuters) – China grew at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis in the September quarter and risks missing its official target for the first time in 15 years, adding to concerns the world’s second-largest economy is becoming a drag on global growth. A pick-up in factory [...]

Hong Kong students put their case to government, but no breakthrough

Hong Kong students put their case to government, but no breakthrough

By James Pomfret and Clare Baldwin HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of Hong Kong protesters listened raptly from the streets on Tuesday as student leaders debated their call for full democracy for the Chinese-run city with government leaders to try end a weeks-long occupation of major traffic arteries. But, as had been widely expected, there [...]

Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow as jet hits snow plow

Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow as jet hits snow plow

By Vladimir Soldatkin and James Regan MOSCOW/PARIS (Reuters) – Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic and outspoken chief executive of the French oil company Total <TOTF.PA>, was killed when his private jet hit a snow plow as it was taking off from Moscow’s Vnukovo airport on Monday night. His death leaves a void at the top [...]

China-backed hackers target Apple’s iCloud users: blog

China-backed hackers target Apple’s iCloud users: blog

By Jim Finkle, Gerry Shih and Ben Blanchard BOSTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s <AAPL.O> iCloud storage service in China was attacked by hackers trying to steal user credentials, a Chinese web monitoring group said, adding that it believes the Beijing government is behind the campaign. Using what is called a "man-in-the-middle" (MITM) attack, the hackers [...]

Alabama state House speaker indicted on corruption charges

By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) – A grand jury has indicted Alabama’s powerful Republican state house speaker on 23 criminal counts of corruption, court records released on Monday showed. Mike Hubbard, who helped guide Republicans to majorities in both houses of the Alabama legislature in 2010 for the first time in 136 years, [...]

Brazil election poll shows Rousseff gains ground against Neves

Brazil election poll shows Rousseff gains ground against Neves

BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff has gained some ground, but remains locked in a fierce battle for votes with rival Aecio Neves ahead of the Oct. 26 runoff to Brazil’s presidential election, a new poll showed on Monday. The leftist incumbent has 46 percent of voter support against 43 percent for Neves, according to [...]

Banks should defer bonuses 10 years, tap them for fines: Fed official

Banks should defer bonuses 10 years, tap them for fines: Fed official

By Michael Flaherty (Reuters) – Banks should defer bonus payments for 10 years and tap the bonus pool to pay any regulatory fines, a top Federal Reserve official said on Monday, taking aim at continued lapses across the industry even after the 2007-9 financial crisis. New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley said banks [...]