• R3, eight banks successfully test Intel blockchain platform for bond trading

    U.S.-based financial innovation start-up R3 announced on Monday that it and eight banks, including HSBC and State Street, have successfully tested a blockchain platform powered by Intel Corp technology for bond transactions. The platform featured advanced smart contract technology that enabled trading

  • UK's Johnson on first Turkey trip since Brexit tensions

    Boris Johnson on Monday made his first visit to Turkey as Britain's foreign secretary, seeking to ease tensions after leading the successful Brexit campaign that played on anti-Turkish sentiments. Johnson, who is partly of Turkish ancestry, began his trip with a visit to a camp for Syrian refugees

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  • The Latest: Kerry: US open to reviewing FARC on terror list

    CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the signing of a historic peace deal in Colombia (all times local):

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  • Polish charity auctions off pope cars to help Syrian refugees

    Cars used by Pope Francis in Poland during the Catholic Church's World Youth Day festival went under the hammer Monday to raise funds for Syrian refugees. The Polish chapter of the Catholic charity Caritas is auctioning off the three vehicles used by the pontiff in July, with online bidding to continue

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  • Azerbaijan holds referendum to boost strongman president

    Azerbaijan voted Monday on whether to extend the president's term in office, with opposition groups attacking the referendum as a ploy to boost Ilham Aliyev's long grip on power. The changes would extend the president's term in office from five to seven years and create a powerful position

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  • "Ottoman" Boris Johnson makes first visit to Turkey since Erdogan poem

    By Ece Toksabay ANKARA (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Monday kicked off his first official visit to Ankara by highlighting his "proud ownership" of a Turkish washing machine and steered clear of his past prize-winning insults of President Tayyip Erdogan. Johnson, the

  • BlackBerry CEO says turnaround two-thirds complete

    By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen said on Monday he was two-thirds of the way toward achieving his goal of turning the Canadian technology company's fortunes around. "We have made investment over a billion-plus, all in software, all in security,

  • Just 30 doctors struggle to treat wounded in eastern Aleppo

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Only 30 doctors remain in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, where they are in dire need of medical and surgical supplies to treat hundreds of wounded people among a trapped population of 300,000, Syrian doctors said on Monday. At least 40 wounded people in the eight

  • Documents: Mall shooting suspect confesses to slayings

    MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The young man accused of killing five people in a Washington state shopping mall before leading authorities on a nearly 24-hour manhunt has confessed to the slayings, according to court documents released Monday.

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  • Syria says truce still viable after week of airstrikes

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's foreign minister said Monday that an internationally-brokered cease-fire is still viable, as rescue workers in Aleppo sifted through the rubble from the heaviest airstrikes on rebel-held areas of the northern city in five years.

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  • Spain's Socialists under pressure to allow conservative to form government

    Spain's Socialist leader faced mounting pressure Monday to allow acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to form a new government and end a months-long political impasse after his party suffered losses in two regional elections over the weekend. The Socialist party (PSOE) lost ground in Sunday's

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  • Bosnian Serb leader summoned over referendum

    Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik was summoned on Monday by state prosecutors to a hearing over a controversial referendum held at the weekend despite a constitutional court veto. On Sunday, Serbs in Bosnia voted overwhelmingly to keep celebrating a statehood day in January, a date tied to the divided

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  • Elevator trouble closes Washington Monument indefinitely

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Monument will be closed indefinitely because of ongoing problems with its elevator, the latest in a series of woes for one of the city's most enduring tourist attractions.

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  • Portugal's Guterres holds lead in UN chief race

    Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres maintained his lead in the race to become the next UN secretary-general following a fifth straw poll by the Security Council on Monday, diplomats said. Bulgaria's Irina Bokova failed to make a strong showing in the informal vote by the 15-member

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  • Italy referendum on constitutional shakeup set for Dec 4

    The Italian government on Monday set the date of December 4 for a referendum on constitutional reform that analysts say may determine Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's political fate. The proposed reforms -- deemed the most important in Italy since World War II -- would streamline parliament and the

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  • Aleppo battered as Russia slams 'unacceptable' rhetoric

    Syria's Aleppo faced worsening food and medical shortages on Monday and warplanes again pounded the city as Russia condemned what it called "unacceptable" Western rhetoric after allegations of war crimes. A fresh wave of intense air strikes battered Aleppo's opposition-controlled east

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  • Mall victims include teen, probation officer, Boeing worker

    SEATTLE (AP) — Five people died in the shooting at a Macy's store in a mall north of Seattle. Authorities do not plan to make their identities public until Tuesday, but details about three of the victims have been reported by some of their employers and Washington state media. Here's what is

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  • Showdown: Congress looks to override Obama veto of 9/11 bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is poised to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom's alleged backing of the terrorists who carried out the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

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  • 6 shot, 3 others hurt in Houston neighborhood; gunman dead

    HOUSTON (AP) — A disgruntled lawyer who had numerous weapons randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood Monday morning, hitting six people, one critically, before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said. Another three people had injuries from glass or debris.

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  • The Latest: Kosovo blames other nations for radicalization

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on the high-level U.N. General Assembly meetings (all times local):

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  • Banks tumble with interest rates and US stocks slide

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slumping Monday following losses in overseas markets. Banks are falling as Deutsche Bank hits an all-time low and interest rates move lower. Pfizer is pulling drug companies down after it announced it won't break up into two companies. The price of oil is jumping and

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    THE ISSUE: Tepid income growth and shrinking opportunities for blue-collar workers have kept many Americans anxious about jobs and the economy, seven years after the Great Recession ended. The unemployment ...

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  • Colombia, Marxist rebels to sign accord ending 52-year war

    By Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Marxist rebel leader Timochenko will use a pen made from a bullet on Monday to sign an agreement ending a half-century war that killed a quarter of a million people and made their nation

  • Man confessed to Washington state mall shooting - court documents

    By Tom James MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (Reuters) - A 20-year-old man was charged on Monday with the murder of five people in a shooting rampage at a shopping mall in Burlington, Washington, and prosecutors said in court documents that he had confessed to the crime. Turkish-born Arcan Cetin, a legal U.S.

  • Canada confirms second ship of doomed Franklin Arctic voyage found

    Canada confirmed on Monday it has found the wreck of HMS Terror, the second of two British ships lost in the disastrous Franklin Arctic voyage of 1845, and said the government will work closely with northern aboriginals on ownership of the artifacts. Parks Canada, a federal agency, said in a statement



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