News Federal Communications Commission repeals net neutrality rules 2017-12-14T13:38:40.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape. 'Bad news for our enemies': EU launches defense pact 2017-12-14T13:35:00.000000000-05:00 BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union nations, now unfettered by Britain's decision to quit, achieved a 70-year-old ambition on Thursday to integrate their defenses, launching a pact between 25 EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces together. Seven decades in the making, a defense pact comes to the EU 2017-12-14T12:33:56.000000000-05:00 BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union nations are set to achieve a 70-year-old ambition to integrate their defenses on Thursday, signing a pact between 25 EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces together after Britain's decision to quit the bloc. China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula 2017-12-14T12:29:11.000000000-05:00 BEIJING (Reuters) - The crisis over North Korea's weapons programs must be resolved through talks, not war, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of "sleepwalking" into conflict. World shares little changed amid slate of central bank meetings 2017-12-14T12:01:44.000000000-05:00 NEW YORK (Reuters) - World stock markets were little changed on Thursday after policy meetings from major central banks in Europe, while some U.S. shares were buoyed by news that the Republicans' tax legislation could face final votes in Congress before year-end. Arms supplied by U.S., Saudi ended up with Islamic State, researchers say 2017-12-14T11:23:30.000000000-05:00 BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Arms provided by the United States and Saudi Arabia to Syrian opposition groups frequently ended up in the hands of Islamic State, an arms monitoring group that analyzed weapons found on the battlefield said on Thursday. Saudi hopes purge will help push to join anti-illicit funding body 2017-12-14T11:10:16.000000000-05:00 DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has high hopes that a campaign of arrests to crack down on corruption will improve its chances of joining the Financial Action Task Force, a global body dedicated to combating illicit money flows. U.S. retail sales surge; weekly jobless claims fall 2017-12-14T09:47:24.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales increased more than expected in November as the holiday shopping season got off to a brisk start, pointing to sustained strength in the economy that could pave the way for further Federal Reserve interest rate hikes next year. Alabama Senate race winner urges Republican rival to 'move on' 2017-12-14T09:40:19.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Alabama Democrat Doug Jones, who won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat this week, called on his Republican opponent to concede the race and help heal the Southern state after a deeply divisive contest. Google Brain co-founder teams with Foxconn to bring AI to factories 2017-12-14T09:22:27.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - Andrew Ng, co-founder of some of Alphabet Inc -owned Google's most prominent artificial intelligence projects, on Thursday launches a new venture with iPhone assembler Foxconn to bring AI and so-called machine learning onto the factory floor.