Good morning. Here’s what you need to know for Friday.
1. A wave of deteriorating economic data in Europe has stocked fears of another financial meltdown.
3. Meanwhile, US lawmakers sharply criticised the response of federal health officials to Ebola in a congressional hearing on Thursday.
4. Europe also said Thursday that it will step up efforts to contain the spread of Ebola and help the worst-hit countries in west Africa.
5. Police cleared a main protest site in Hong Kong early Friday, although pro-democracy activists and officials remain in a standoff after three weeks of demonstrations.
6. Kurdish fighters claim to have pushed back Islamic State militants in the Syrian town of Kobane, but have asked a US-led coalition for more airstrikes and weapons.
8. A $US54 billion “tax inversion” deal under which Chicago-based AbbVie would buy Irish drug company Shire is likely to collapse.
10. Apple unveiled it’s newest iPads — the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 — in an event on Thursday. The iPad Air 2 will start at $US499 and the iPad Mini 3 will start at $US399.
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