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Kurdish peshmerga forces enter Syria's Kobani after further air strikes

By Humeyra Pamuk and Raheem Salman SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish forces in Turkey rolled late on Friday across the border into Syria to help Syrian Kurds defend the besieged town of Kobani that has become the focus of a Western-backed war against Islamic State insurgents. U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around Kobani earlier in the day in an apparent

Army officer takes charge in Burkina Faso, ousting general

By Mathieu Bonkougou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - An officer in Burkina Faso's presidential guard seized power on Saturday promising to lead the West African country to elections after the resignation of longtime President Blaise Compaore, in an apparent putsch against the military chief of staff. Compaore stepped down on Friday after two days of mass protests against his attempts to change the const

Kerry, Iran minister to meet ahead of deadline for atom deal

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Iran's foreign minister and the European Union foreign policy chief in Oman on Nov. 9-10 to discuss the Iranian nuclear issue ahead of a looming deadline for a final agreement, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. Kerry's talks in Muscat, Oman with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the EU's Catherine Ash

China says not begun legal process for disgraced security chief

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has not started legal proceedings against former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, the highest-profile figure to be caught in a government crackdown on corruption, a senior court official said on Saturday. Jiang Bixin, the deputy head of the Supreme People's Court, China's highest court, said any case against Zhou would be handled by the courts in compliance with t

Europe won't recognize vote in eastern Ukraine, Merkel tells Putin

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday. Merkel and Putin held a joint telephone conversation with French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenk

Malaysia Airlines sees first lawsuit on missing Flight MH370

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Two children of a passenger on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 have sued the company and the Malaysian government for damages, the first lawsuit to be filed over the aircraft which disappeared in March. The two Malaysian boys, aged 13 and 14, filed the suit at the High Court registry, also naming the heads of the Department of Civil Aviation, the Immigration Department a

Blackout hits Bangladesh as line from India fails

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout on Saturday after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed, an official from the state power company said.

Australia batsmen wilt in 2nd test vs. Pakistan

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Australia was left staring at a second consecutive defeat after slumping to 120-5 in the morning session of day three of the second Test match against Pakistan on Saturday.

Branson shocked as Virgin spaceship crash kills pilot

Virgin's pioneering tourist-carrying spacecraft crashed on a test flight in California, killing a pilot and scattering debris across the desert -- and raising questions about the program's future. Television images showed the wreckage of SpaceShipTwo, a test vehicle that flies to the edge of space, amid brush east of Mojave, a few hours' drive northeast of Los Angeles. The incident is the second

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DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's state power company says the country has been hit with an electricity blackout after a transmission line bringing power from neighboring India failed. Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd. Managing Director Masum-Al-Beruni says the blackout hit around noon Saturday and covered all parts of the country connected to the national grid.

Boko Haram denies truce, kidnapped girls married

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has denied agreeing to any cease-fire with the government and said more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls all have converted to Islam and been married off.

Bomb wounds three in Egyptian capital

Cairo (AFP) - A bomb hidden in a rubbish bin wounded three people in the Egyptian capital before dawn on Saturday, the interior ministry said.

Alexander Levy builds 4-shot lead in Shanghai

SHANGHAI (AP) — Alexander Levy birdied his opening three holes and kept right on going to a 9-under 63 and a four-shot lead in the BMW Masters.

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HONG KONG (AP) — Like thousands of young people from all over Hong Kong, secondary school teacher Li Hiu Fung had come out to the streets of this anxious city every night to demand that his government give him a real voice in choosing his leaders. He helped build a sprawling protest camp on one of the city's busiest thoroughfares. After more than a month in which scattered pro-democracy protests c

Official: Bangladesh hit by electricity blackout as national power grid link to India fails

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Official: Bangladesh hit by electricity blackout as national power grid link to India fails.

China declares holiday as part of law campaign

BEIJING (AP) — China's legislature designated Dec. 4 as Constitution Day on Sunday amid a drive to strengthen the authority of the country's legal system.

Inbee Park takes 4-shot lead in LPGA Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Inbee Park shot a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Saturday in the LPGA Taiwan Championship to increase her lead to four strokes.

US judge says nurse can leave home in Ebola row

A US judge ruled that a nurse quarantined by her home state after treating Ebola patients in Africa could leave home and frequent public places, saying she was not infectious. The decision from a district judge in the northeastern state of Maine is the latest twist in a bitter row over enforced quarantine of American medics returning from relief work in west Africa. Kaci Hickox insists that she

Commander: 18 Islamist fighters killed in Libya

CAIRO (AP) — An Islamist field commander says that 18 militiamen have been killed in an attack on a western Libyan town.

China manufacturing growth falls in October

BEIJING (AP) — China's manufacturing growth declined further in October amid a slowing economy and languishing global demand, according to a survey released Saturday.

China passes counter-espionage law

BEIJING (Reuters) - China passed a counter-espionage law on Saturday aimed at tightening state security and helping build a "comprehensive" national security system, state media reported. The law will allow authorities to seal or seize any property linked to activities deemed harmful to the country, the Xinhua news agency said. Authorities can also ask organizations or individuals to stop or modif

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HONG KONG (AP) — Like thousands of young people from all over Hong Kong, secondary school teacher Li Hiu Fung had come out to the streets of this anxious city every night to demand that his government give him a real voice in choosing his leaders. He helped build a sprawling protest camp on one of the city's busiest thoroughfares. After more than a month in which scattered pro-democracy protests c

With focus on eurosceptics, Cameron risks 'Brexit'

London (AFP) - Prime Minister David Cameron is increasingly hawkish on Europe ahead of a key election battle but his policies seem rudderless and could make an EU exit more likely, analysts said.

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HONG KONG (AP) — Like thousands of young people from all over Hong Kong, secondary school teacher Li Hiu Fung had come out to the streets of this anxious city every night to demand that his government give him a real voice in choosing his leaders. He helped build a sprawling protest camp on one of the city's busiest thoroughfares. After more than a month in which scattered pro-democracy protests c

Australia, N.Zealand mark 100 years since first troops left for WWI

Australia and New Zealand on Saturday marked 100 years since their first convoy of troops left for the battlefields of World War I, with thousands attending events to commemorate the "heavy day in history". The convoy left the Western Australian town of Albany on November 1, 1914, carrying 20,000 Australian and 8,500 New Zealand soldiers bound for Gallipoli in modern day Turkey and later the bat

Families of Lebanese hostages united in despair

Outside Lebanon's government headquarters, where relatives of soldiers and police captured by jihadists have held a weeks-long sit-in, a message on a photograph reads: "We are waiting for your return". For the past three months, 27 families from across Lebanon have been brought together in anguish by threats by the Islamic extremists to execute a son or a husband. Her son is one of 30 soldiers a

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HONG KONG (AP) — Like thousands of young people from all over Hong Kong, secondary school teacher Li Hiu Fung had come out to the streets of this anxious city every night to demand that his government give him a real voice in choosing his leaders. He helped build a sprawling protest camp on one of the city's busiest thoroughfares. After more than a month in which scattered pro-democracy protests c

Burkina Faso: 2nd soldier says he's president

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending his 27-year reign and sparking a struggle in the military for control of the West African country.

New Zealand beats Samoa 14-12 in 4-Nations Champs

WHANGAREI, New Zealand (AP) — A try five minutes from fulltime by center Shaun Kenny-Dowall gave New Zealand a fortunate 14-12 win over Samoa Saturday in rugby league's Four Nations Championships.

Hong Kong protests promise political game change

HONG KONG (AP) — Like thousands of young people from all over Hong Kong, secondary school teacher Li Hiu Fung had come out to the streets of this anxious city every night to demand that his government give him a real voice in choosing his leaders. He helped build a sprawling protest camp on one of the city's busiest thoroughfares.


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