TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told
lawmakers on Wednesday that he has decided to delay a scheduled
sales tax hike by two-and-a-half years, putting his plans for
fiscal reforms on the back burner amid more weakness in the
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thousands of U.S.-backed fighters in
Syria are launching an offensive to capture from Islamic State a
crucial swathe of northern Syria known as the Manbij pocket
following weeks of quiet preparations, U.S. officials disclosed to
TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks were on a weak footing on
Wednesday as a slip in crude oil prices dampened investors'
appetite for riskier assets, while the recently bullish dollar
stalled against the euro and yen following a mixed bag of U.S.
MITZPE YERICHO, West Bank (Reuters) - In the hills east of
Jerusalem, overlooking the Palestinian city of Jericho and the
Jordan Valley, stands a religious Jewish settlement whose red-tile
roofs, neat gardens and brightly colored playgrounds give the sense
CAMP TARIQ, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters halted an
Iraqi army assault on the city of Falluja with a counter-attack at
its southern gates on Tuesday, while the United Nations warned of
peril for civilians trapped in the city and used by militants as
CINCINNATI (Reuters) - The parents of a 3-year-old boy who
fell into a gorilla enclosure in Cincinnati, prompting the killing
of the endangered animal in order to rescue the child, are the
target of an investigation into the incident, police said on
MIRI, Malaysia (Reuters) - Spotting a large vessel off the
coast of Sarawak state in March, officers on a Malaysian patrol
boat were shocked when it steamed toward them at high speed,
blaring its horn before veering off to reveal "Chinese Coast Guard"
emblazoned on its side.
WILMINGTON, Del (Reuters) - Michael Dell and Silver Lake
Partners underpriced their 2013 $24.9 billion buyout of Dell Inc by
about 22 percent and may have to pay tens of millions to investors
who opposed the deal for the computer maker, a Delaware judge ruled