The prospect of an imminent attack on Syria faded as U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, the U.S.’s top ally, struggled to win parliamentary backing for military strikes that critics said echoed the push to war in Iraq.
Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. halted trading for three hours yesterday to protect the integrity of markets as a technology malfunction left some investors without stock quotes, Chief Executive Officer Robert Greifeld said in his first public remarks since the incident.
Computer malfunctions shook American equity trading for the second time this week, freezing thousands of securities listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market for three hours and raising fresh concerns about the fragility of exchanges.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pressed for a UN team to gain access to the site of an alleged chemical attack in Syria, saying he sees “no good reason” for either side in the civil war to deny a chance to get to the truth of what happened.
The Obama administration is “working urgently” to gather information about reports that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s used chemical weapons in attacks near Damascus that left more than 1,000 people dead, the White House said in a statement.