OTTOWA (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States stood with the people of Turkey after the suicide bombing at Istanbul's main airport. Obama, speaking to reporters during a trip to Canada, said he discussed the U.S. commitment to fight Islamic State militants during a call with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan earlier in the day. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
Monsanto said Wednesday it was still open to a potential merger with Bayer, or to another big deal, as it reported lower earnings due to a tough agricultural market. One month after the US seed and pesticide maker rejected a $62 billion takeover bid by Germany's Bayer AG as too low, Monsanto chief executive Hugh Grant said he had held talks with Bayer and with other unspecified companies. "While there is no formal update on the Bayer proposal, I have been personally in discussions with Bayer's management over the last several weeks, along with others regarding alternative strategic options," Grant said in a statement announcing the company's latest quarterly earnings.