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    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police warned of serious consequences if pro-democracy protesters try to occupy government buildings, as they have threatened to do if the territory's leader didn't resign by Thursday. Tensions mounted ahead of the deadline set by students for the city's Beijing-backed…

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  • Nishikori beats Young to advance at Japan Open

    TOKYO (AP) — Fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori beat Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Japan Open.

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  • South Africa: white extremist's house stirs debate

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A provincial official in South Africa has proposed turning the home of a slain white extremist into a museum, arguing that the "ugly" side of the country's apartheid past should be remembered.

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  • Oops! UK council removes Banksy mural

    LONDON (AP) — A council in southern England says it instructed its workers to remove a mural before realizing it was the work of internationally famous graffiti artist Banksy.

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  • Sierra Leone leader misses London Ebola talks after plane break-down

    London (AFP) - Britain hosted an international conference on Thursday to help organise the fight against Ebola in its former colony Sierra Leone, but the African nation's president could not attend because his plane broke down.

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  • All Blacks change 2 for Springboks test

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — New Zealand made two changes in its forward pack on Thursday for the final round of the Rugby Championship against South Africa as it looks to go unbeaten through three dominant seasons in the southern hemisphere.

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  • Beale dropped as Wallabies ring changes for Pumas

    Sydney (AFP) - Troubled star Kurtley Beale was Thursday left out of the Wallabies squad to face Argentina amid investigations over an inflight bust-up with a team official.

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  • US hunts contacts of seriously ill Ebola patient

    Dallas (AFP) - US health officials scoured the Dallas area Wednesday for people -- including schoolchildren -- who came in contact with a Liberian man diagnosed with Ebola, as it emerged a hospital mix-up saw him initially turned away.

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  • Rapists confess as Kenyan cleric takes up equality struggle

    By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the elderly man, in his black-and-white striped prison uniform, confessed to raping his 18-month-old granddaughter to prove his manhood, Reverend Timothy Njoya knew he had made a breakthrough. “He stood up and testified: ‘I wanted to show…

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  • Wallabies make 2 starting changes for test v Pumas

    MENDOZA, Argentina (AP) — Former skipper James Horwill and backrower Scott Higginbotham have been recalled to Australia's starting lineup for the Rugby Championship test against Argentina on Saturday while Kurtley Beale has been dropped after again creating headlines with his off-field conduct.

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  • Australia lifts Ebola donation to $16 million

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia more than doubled its donation to the fight against Ebola in West Africa to 18 million Australian dollars ($16 million) on Thursday, but resisted demands to send personnel.

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  • Reports: Beale under investigation by Wallabies

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australian media is reporting that Wallabies utility back Kurtley Beale is under investigation following a heated verbal exchange with an official during the trip from South Africa to Argentina for a Rugby Championship test this weekend.

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  • Ebola-infected passenger was sent home from ER

    DALLAS (AP) — The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday in a disclosure that showed how easily an infection could…

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  • Dallas Ebola patient vomited outside apartment on way to hospital

    By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Two days after he was sent home from a Dallas hospital, the man who is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was seen vomiting on the ground outside an apartment complex as he was bundled into an ambulance. "His whole family was…

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  • Two Algerians investigated over Frenchman's kidnapping -sources

    By Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) - Two Algerians who accompanied Frenchman Herve Gourdel just before militants kidnapped and beheaded him are under house arrest while a judge investigates whether they were involved in the abduction, two security sources said on Wednesday. The two men were among…

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  • Laureate says Nobel summit axed after Dalai Lama row

    Dharamsala (India) (AFP) - A global summit of Nobel laureates has been cancelled after the event was hit by a boycott over the South African government's refusal to grant the Dalai Lama a visa, peace prize winner Jody Williams said Wednesday.

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  • Tutu lashes out at Pretoria over Dalai Lama Nobel row

    Cape Town (AFP) - South African Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu Wednesday lashed out at the government for "kowtowing" to China by barring the Dalai Lama from attending a global summit of fellow prizewinners in Cape Town.

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