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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive Wednesday in the country's central region under cover of Russian airstrikes, a Damascus official said. And in the first salvo from the sea, Russian warships fired missiles into Syria, with Moscow saying they were targeting militants.
After a dismal summer quarter in which global equities fell the most since 2011, traders say fund managers were ready to pile back in, hoping the recent market reversal was a hiccup rather than the end of a six-year bull market. All that left global equities set for their sixth straight day of gains and just 5.5 percent below where they were at the end of June, before a summer sell-off hit markets.