UAE. Dubai expects two of its main companies to refinance debt this year without government help as economic growth accelerates. "I'm very confident they will manage to sort out these issues on their own," Mohammed Al Shaibani, director general of the Dubai ruler's court, said.
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. special operations forces made a failed attempt to rescue journalist James Foley and other Americans held hostage by Islamic extremists in Syria earlier this summer, the White House said in a statement.
INTERNATIONAL. The report found there are 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa's top economies this year, up from 4.6 million in 2000 and 2.4 million in 1990, an increase of 230% over 14 years.