Instead of jade, Myanmar's gem scavengers find heroin and destitution

By Aye Win Myint YANGON (Reuters) – Unsuccessful jade scavengers in Myanmar seeking to assuage their despair are swelling a tide of drug abuse in Kachin state that presents a…

Viewers' Guide: Spotlight on Trump, Cruz at GOP debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nine leading Republican candidates for president are meeting for their first debate in more than a month in the shadow of terrorist attacks that refocused the…

Trump's Scottish love affair sours as court to rule on wind farm

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) – Britain's top court will decide on Wednesday whether to back U.S. Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump's bid to stop wind farms being built…

Imagination Tech warns on profit as smartphone market softens

By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) – Imagination Tech, the British company whose graphics power Apple's iPhone, warned on profit on Tuesday, saying red-hot demand for smartphones had cooled. Shares in…

Hazardous smog hits Shanghai as China's bad air spreads

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Smog in Chinese metropolis Shanghai hit its highest level since January on Tuesday, prompting schools to ban outdoor activities & authorities to limit work at construction sites…

SMFG agrees to buy GE's Japan leasing business for $4.8 billion

By Taiga Uranaka TOKYO (Reuters) – Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc (SMFG) <8316.T> agreed to buy General Electric's Japanese leasing business for $4.8 billion (3.17 billion pounds), the two companies…

Squeezed by budget and Islamic State, Iraqi health system struggles

By Ahmed Rasheed & Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's prime minister responded to protests this summer over failing public services by launching a campaign against corruption & mismanagement, yet…

Serco to retain environmental, leisure businesses

LONDON (Reuters) – British outsourcing firm Serco said on Tuesday it had decided to retain its environmental services & leisure businesses which it had previously stated it would dispose of….

Sanofi plans to reshape via $20 billion asset swap with Boehringer

By Andrew Callus & Ben Hirschler PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) – Sanofi & Boehringer Ingelheim are in exclusive talks over a $20 billion (13.19 billion pounds) swap of the French pharmaceuticals company's…

China again promises to clean up air ahead of 2022 Games

BEIJING (Reuters) – China promised again on Tuesday to take steps to reduce air pollution in the run-up to the 2022 Winter Olympics, to be held in Beijing & a…