The Latest Report Strikes on Iranbacked fighters in Syria

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf and the fallout after weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local):11:40 a.m.Syrian opposition activists say unknown aircraft have attacked posts of Iranian-backed fighters in an eastern town near the Iraqi border.The activists said the airstrike took place early Tuesday in Boukamal, in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour. There was no immediate word on casualties.Last week in Syria, unknown warplanes targeted an arms depot and posts of Iranian-backed militias in Boukamal, killing at least 18 fighters. A Syrian security official said Israeli jets were behind the attack but denied there were casualties.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Deir Ezzor 24, an activist collective, said the strikes occurred near the border crossing with Iraq. The opening of the crossing, planned by Iraq and Syria, had been postponed several times in recent weeks.___10:30 a.m.Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says “there will be no talks with the U.S. at any level” — remarks apparently meant to end all speculation about a U.S.-Iran meeting at the U.N. later this month.Iranian state TV on Tuesday quotes Khamenei as saying this is the position of the entire leadership of the country and that “all officials in the Islamic Republic unanimously believe” this.There has been speculation about a possible meeting between President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, during the upcoming U.N. General Assembly this month in New York.Tensions roiling the Persian Gulf have escalated following a weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia that U.S. alleged Iran was responsible for. Iran denies the charge.The Associated Press read more

US stock market ends little changed after mixed signals on the economy

NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stocks are ending little changed after a day of mixed signals on corporate earnings and the economy.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose less than one point, or 0.05 per cent, to close at 1,897.98 Thursday, barely topping a record set the day before.The other two major indexes fell. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped two points, or 0.02 per cent, to 17,083.80. The Nasdaq eased one point, or 0.04 per cent to 4,472.11.Facebook rose 5 per cent and was among the top gainers in the S&P 500 after beating earnings expectations.The Dow was weighed down by Caterpillar, which fell 3 per cent after the equipment maker’s quarterly revenue fell short of forecasts.Homebuilder stocks slid Thursday after the government reported that new home sales sagged 8.1 per cent last month. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US stock market ends little changed after mixed signals on the economy, earnings by The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2014 2:26 pm MDT read more