Obama seeks close, candid ties to Saudi king: aide
RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama sought to cement ties with Saudi Arabia as he came to pay his respects on Tuesday after the death of King Abdullah, a trip that underscores the importance of a U.S.-Saudi alliance that extends beyond oil interests to regional security.
Japan vows to work with Jordan to secure hostage release
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has vowed to work with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after the killing last week of another Japanese captive, but it reiterated that it would not give in to terrorism.
LONDON (Reuters) - Brent crude futures held above $48 on Tuesday as a weaker dollar offset the impact of a global supply glut, with traders questioning if the nearly 60 percent price fall since June has run its course.
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Caterpillar Inc on Tuesday reported lower quarterly net profit that missed expectations as lower prices for copper, coal and iron ore hurt mining equipment orders, and warned the recent fall in oil prices would make for a difficult year in 2015.
Snowstorm sweeps northeast U.S., New York spared its brunt
BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States on Tuesday, dropping more than a foot (30 cm) of snow across Massachusetts and Connecticut even as its impact on New York City fell short of dire predictions.
Anti-austerity economist says to become Greek finance minister
ATHENS (Reuters) - Economics professor Yanis Varoufakis confirmed he would become Greece's next finance minister on Tuesday, promising to defy advice to "put up or shut up" and find solutions that favour all Europeans rather than just Greeks.
The estate of the late comedian Joan Rivers filed a lawsuit Monday to "make certain that the many medical deficiencies that led to Joan Rivers' death are never repeated by any outpatient surgery center."