• Gazprom to resume gas supply once Ukraine pays $2.2 billion

    By Denis Pinchuk and Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia could resume natural gas deliveries to Ukraine as soon as next week if Kiev pays $2.2 billion in debt and pre-payments, gas exporter Gazprom said on Friday, under a deal that also safeguards winter deliveries to Europe. Moscow, Kiev…

  • 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…

  • Turkey's Erdogan says Kurdish peace process will continue despite unrest

    PARIS (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday a peace process with Kurdish militants would continue after the killing of four soldiers and riots this month over what Kurds saw as Turkey's refusal to help their kin in Syria. Four soldiers have been shot by members of the…

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  • Why women aren't happy with Victoria's Secret 'Perfect Body' message

    Victoria's Secret is promoting their new line of bras with the words "The perfect 'body.'" But it appears the lingerie company has a narrow definition of what that is.

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  • Senate elections 101: Iowa split between two very different candidates

    The Monitor's "Senate elections 101" series looks at the specific issues that will be driving voters in each of the 10 tossup races.

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  • China's bold new Oscar strategy: try a dash of French flavor

    The Chinese government is seeking to end a 35-year run of failed Chinese movies at the Oscars with a bold new strategy: Next year, it will present a film made by a Frenchman.

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  • Sniper Eric Frein in court: Justice for fallen police comrade drove manhunt

    After a fretful 48-day manhunt in northeast Pennsylvania, police late Thursday nabbed 31-year-old Eric Frein, suspected of killing a state trooper and injuring another in a brazen sniper ambush attack on Sept. 12. He was found at an abandoned Poconos airplane hangar, where he had apparently holed up.

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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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  • Election-year water crisis taking a toll on Brazil's economy

    By Caroline Stauffer SAO PAULO (Reuters) - After a grueling election campaign in which officials faced fierce criticism for downplaying the effects of a year-long drought, Brazil's most populous state is finally coming to terms with an uncomfortable reality: it is running out of water. São Paulo…

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  • Berdych seals ATP finals berth at Paris Masters

    PARIS (AP) — Tomas Berdych sealed his spot at the ATP finals for the fifth straight year after rallying to beat Kevin Anderson and reach the semifinals of the Paris Masters on Friday.

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  • Top Asian News at 4:00 p.m. GMT

    KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities warned of more landslides at a tea plantation where a deadly torrent of mud swept away scores of homes this week, but residents said Friday there was no room left at the shelters and no alternative housing for them to move to. Disaster officials…

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  • Shelters fill up after deadly Sri Lanka mudslide

    KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities warned of more landslides at a tea plantation where a deadly torrent of mud swept away scores of homes this week, but residents said Friday there was no room left at the shelters and no alternative housing for them to move to.

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  • Congo crowd kills man, eats him after militant massacres: witnesses

    BENI Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - A crowd stoned to death a young man in northeast Congo on Friday before burning and eating his corpse, witnesses said, in apparent revenge for a series of attacks by Ugandan rebels. The incident in the town of Beni followed a number of overnight raids…

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  • EU confirms North Korea invite for rights visit

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A European Union official on Friday confirmed that North Korea has invited the EU's special representative for human rights to visit the country.

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  • Ukraine soldiers to government: we're coming for you next

    Vitaliy Feshchenko, one of thousands of Ukrainian volunteers fighting pro-Russian rebels, has this message for government leaders back in the capital Kiev: his battle-hardened men might come for them next. The bearded fighter's warning illustrates the lack of trust Ukraine's young revolutionaries…

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  • Hello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and cool

    TOKYO (AP) — When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty.

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  • Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week — months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later.

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  • Burkina's President Blaise Compaore ousted

    Burkina Faso's embattled President Blaise Compaore announced on Friday that he was stepping down to make way for elections after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule. Observers have drawn a parallel between the protests and the Arab Spring, while the situation is being closely watched…

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