Asia shares mixed after China growth data

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A file photo shows the quotation board of the Nikkei key index of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Tokyo stocks eased 0.60 percent after soaring on MondayAsian markets were mixed Tuesday as data showing China's economy growing at its slowest pace in five years offset another positive lead from Wall Street.


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Ebola crisis turns a corner as U.S. issues new treatment protocols

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Health care worker receives protocol on the proper removal of personal protection equipment from CDC instructors in preparation for the response to the current Ebola outbreak, during a CDC safety training course in Anniston, AlabamaBy Anna Driver and Lisa Marie Garza DALLAS (Reuters) – The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed to prevent medical workers from becoming infected. The new guidelines from the U.S. …


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Smithsonian aims to raise $1.5B to improve museums

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The Smithsonian Institution has embarked on a major campaign to raise $1.5 billion and increase private support for the world’s largest museum and research complex to fund programs in history, science, art and culture. The Smithsonian’s Board of Regents announced the goal Monday and revealed more than $1 billion already has been raised in a quiet phase since October 2011.

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Futures indicate lower start to the week

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A sign board displaying Toronto Stock Exchange stock information is seen in TorontoStock futures pointed to a lower opening for Canada's main stock index on Monday, with December futures on the S&P TSX index down 0.27 percent at 0730 ET. Canadian wholesale trade data is due at 0830 ET. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index reached its highest in a week on Friday as positive U.S. economic data and a rise in oil prices boosted the energy sector. Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures were down 0.56 percent at 0730 ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were down 0.28 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were down 0.19 percent. [. …


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U.S. Ebola czar seeks to reverse government mistakes, step up response

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By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Ebola czar Ron Klain faces a hefty to-do list when he begins his new role: soothe Americans’ jitters about the virus, fix federal coordination with states, and restore a sense of control over the crisis that the White House had lost. Klain, a former senior aide in two Democratic administrations who is known for his keen political antenna, also must smooth over tensions with lawmakers who are angry about the government’s missteps and mixed messages. …

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Romney Leads Scattered 2016 GOP Field, Clinton Still Dominates the Democratic Race

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Hillary Clinton continues to hold a commanding lead in the potential Democratic field for president in 2016, while the GOP frontrunner in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll is a familiar figure but one not favored by eight in 10 potential Republican voters. That would be Mitt Romney, supported for the GOP nomination by 21 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

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Liberian leader say Ebola risks ‘lost generation’, urges action

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Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf speaks to villagers about Ebola virus precautions outside GantaDAKAR (Reuters) – The Ebola outbreak in West Africa risks unleashing an economic catastrophe that will leave a "lost generation" of young West Africans, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Sunday, urging stronger international action. The worst epidemic on record of the deadly virus has now killed more than 4,500 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Eight people have also died in Nigeria and cases have been reported in the United States and Spain. …


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Americans ‘can’t give in to hysteria or fear’ over Ebola: Obama

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Obama pauses as he talks next to U.S. Secretary of HHS Burwell and Director of the CDC Frieden after meeting with his team coordinating the government's Ebola response in the Oval Office of the White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States and more than 100 people being monitored for possible infection, President Barack Obama said on Saturday that Americans "can't give in to hysteria or fear" about the spread of the virus. While Obama administration and world health officials remained focused on tackling Ebola at its source in three West African countries, Texas state authorities said 14 people had been cleared from an Ebola watch list. …


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