• Street clashes erupt as Hong Kong police crack down on protesters

    By James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of pro-democracy activists clashed with police in running scuffles in the gritty district of Mong Kok early on Saturday in a bid to reclaim part of one of the largest and most volatile protest sites in Hong Kong. After hours of tense face-offs, with…

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  • Pope condemns 'barbaric violence' of Islamic State

    By Philip Pullella and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Friday fighting hunger and poverty, rather than military intervention alone, were key to stopping Islamist militants carrying out "barbaric violence" in Syria and Iraq. In a speech to Turkey's top cleric, Francis said…

  • Three foreign workers kidnapped in Nigeria's delta region

    YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Three expatriate construction workers were kidnapped on Friday in Nigeria's Bayelsa state in the delta region, a security forces spokesman said. The men, two Pakistani and one Indian, were seized at Emakalakala town in the Ogbia council area, a few miles from their…

  • Poll: Most Americans think things are going pretty well in the US

    Maybe it’s Thanksgiving good feelings, but most Americans seem to think things are going pretty well in the US, according to a new poll.

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  • Beyond Black Friday: five alternative ways to spend Thanksgiving weekend

    If the idea of prowling the mall for Black Friday deals amid a horde of fellow shoppers makes you shudder, you’re not alone. Despite the full-on drive from the retail industry, only about 28 percent of Americans actually hit the stores for Black Friday sales, according to a survey.

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  • Protesters on Black Friday: Will they reinvigorate outrage over Ferguson?

    The spike of looting, arson, and arrests that followed Monday’s non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson for killing teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., has calmed, but some remaining protesters began to target big-box stores having Black Friday sales.

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • General strike shuts down services across Greece

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Services across Greece shut down Wednesday as unions staged a 24-hour general strike and held peaceful demonstrations to protest further austerity cuts in the cash-strapped country.

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  • Tunisia's outgoing premier backs broad coalition

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Tunisia's next government should be a broad as possible coalition so that it has the necessary support to implement difficult economic reforms, the outgoing prime minister said Friday in an implicit backing of an Islamist-secular alliance.

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  • S&P 500 slips as crude oil sinks

    NEW YORK (AP) — A sharp drop in crude prices tugged down shares in oil and gas companies on Friday, leading the Standard & Poor's 500 index to a slight loss in a short trading session.

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  • Barenboim opening West-Eastern academy in Berlin

    MILAN (AP) — Daniel Barenboim's focus after leaving Milanese opera house La Scala next month will be opening an academy for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra of Israeli and Palestinian musicians in Berlin.

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  • Police: Blasts at mosque in Nigeria kill 35 people

    KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Multiple explosions tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, killing 35 people, police said.

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  • Top Asian News at 8:30 p.m. GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — At age 14, he stepped into the spotlight to take on — and ultimately help defeat — Hong Kong authorities' plans to launch a "national education" curriculum, calling it a ploy to brainwash the city's youth with unquestioned support for the Chinese Communist Party. Now, at 18, Joshua…

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  • Argentina: scandal widens over Swiss bank accounts

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's tax agency says the country's top cable TV operator, a former professional soccer player and a lawmaker are among the owners of some 4,000 secret Swiss bank accounts used to evade taxes.

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  • British-led scientists trial 15-minute Ebola test in Guinea

    Conakry (AFP) - British scientists announced trials on a 15-minute Ebola test in Guinea as French President Francois Hollande arrived in Conakry on Friday, becoming the first Western leader to visit one of the countries devastated by the epidemic.

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  • US police: More than 100 rounds fired

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A gunman attempted to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze and fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings early Friday before he died, Austin authorities said.

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  • Rio Olympic coins unveiled by Central Bank

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Coins to commemorate the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics were presented Friday by the Brazilian Central Bank along with four designs that will enter general circulation.

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