World stocks mostly halted their recent rally on Wednesday before the latest policy signal from the U.S. central bank, while UK stocks and bonds fell after Bank of England minutes showed two rate-setters voted to raise interest rates earlier this month. via Global stocks halt rally, BoE jolts UK markets
Islamic State insurgents posted a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and images of another U.S. journalist whose life they said depended on how the United States acts in Iraq. via Islamic State video purports to show beheading of U.S. journalist | Reuters.
A group of soldiers in north-eastern Nigeria is refusing to fight Islamist Boko Haram militants until they receive better equipment, one of the mutineers has told the BBC. The soldier, who requested anonymity, said at least 40 of his colleagues would refuse orders to deploy. via BBC News – Boko
Liberia has imposed a night-time curfew and has quarantined an area of the capital Monrovia in a bid to halt the deadly Ebola outbreak. via BBC News – Ebola crisis: Liberia orders curfew and quarantine.
Venezuela says it has arrested 13 people and seized 136 tonnes of food since it launched an anti-smuggling operation on its border with Colombia. via BBC News – Venezuela holds 13 and seizes tonnes of food in smuggling crackdown.
Sanctions Russia has imposed on agricultural products from the European Union will cut Dutch exports by “at least 300 million euros” ($400 million), based on 2013 figures, Statistics Netherlands said on Tuesday. via Russian sanctions to hit Dutch exports by $400 million euros: stats office | Reuters.
Community Health Systems Inc, one of the biggest U.S. hospital groups, said on Monday it was the victim of a cyber attack from China, resulting in the theft of Social Security numbers and other personal data belonging to 4.5 million patients. via Community Health says data stolen in cyber attack
India has cancelled talks with Pakistan after accusing it of interfering in India’s internal affairs. via BBC News – India cancels talks with Pakistan over Kashmir row.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has barred all American airlines from flying over Syria, saying the ongoing conflict poses a “serious potential threat.” via U.S. bars all American airlines from flying over Syria | Reuters.
Security has been tightened in the secure zone of Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, after protest leader Imran Khan called on marchers to enter it. via BBC News – Pakistan protesters to march on Islamabad secure red zone.