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  • Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders

    By Gulsen Solaker and Tom Perry ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border, and the United States air-dropped arms to help the Kurds there resist an Islamic State assault. Foreign…

    Reuters
  • Polish ex-minister quoted saying Putin offered to divide Ukraine with Poland

    WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's parliamentary speaker, Radoslaw Sikorski, has been quoted as saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to Poland's then leader in 2008 that they divide Ukraine between themselves. Sikorski, who until September served as Poland's foreign minister, was quoted…

    Reuters
  • China likely to close 'gift' loophole in corruption fight

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's largely rubber stamp parliament is likely to close a loophole when it meets next week to ban officials from getting around corruption allegations by claiming money received was simply a gift, a state-run newspaper said on Tuesday. Currently, officials can defend…

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  • Does China's leader Xi Jinping wield total control? Party confab may offer clues

    As the Communist Party’s top leaders meet here for their annual four day conference, the official agenda has only one item on it: “ruling the country according to law.”

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 'Breaking Bad' crystal meth action figure: Good idea for Toys 'R' Us?

    What happens when a toy store dedicated to helping "kids and babies develop, learn, and be safe" starts selling hazmat-suited action figures who cook crystal meth?

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Ferguson, Mo. plans an alternate Halloween for trick-or-treaters

    Concerns over longstanding protests following the police shooting in Ferguson have prompted plans for an alternative to the Halloween tradition of trick-or-treating in the St. Louis suburb.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Monica Lewinsky joins Twitter: Why that's bad news for Hillary Clinton 2016

    With three simple words, Monica Lewinsky has broken her silence, re-entered public life, launched a campaign against cyber-bullying - and, quite possibly, thrown a major wrench in Hillary Clinton's purported plans to run for the presidency in 2016.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Iraq: Suicide attack kills at least 17 in Baghdad

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber set off his explosives-laden belt on Tuesday in a mosque in busy commercial area in central Baghdad, killing at least 17 people, Iraqi officials said, as the country remains without a new government following last month's national elections.

    Associated Press
  • 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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  • Few hopes of success in Hong Kong talks

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong officials and student leaders will hold talks to try to end pro-democracy protests gripping the southern Chinese city for more than three weeks, though chances of success are slim given vast differences between the two sides.

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  • South Africa beats NZ by 6 wickets in 1st ODI

    MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (AP) — South Africa beat New Zealand by six wickets in the first one-day cricket international on Tuesday to take the lead in the three-match series.

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  • Hong Kong protesters add helmets to their umbrellas

    Hong Kong (AFP) - When Anson Lau first joined Hong Kong's pro-democracy rallies he carried little more than a raincoat and a bottle of water. But as police began wielding pepper spray and batons, the 20-year-old insurance agent has donned a hard hat and home-made body armour -- symbols of a new and…

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  • Top Asian News at 5:00 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth waned to a five-year low of 7.3 percent last quarter, raising concerns of a spillover effect on the global economy but falling roughly in line with Chinese leaders' plans for a controlled slowdown. The third quarter figures, released Tuesday, put China on…

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  • Politicians join protest outside Met over opera

    NEW YORK (AP) — Politicians including former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined a crowd of demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday as part of an ongoing protest over an opera focused on the death of a Jewish man that critics say glorifies his Palestinian killers.

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  • Korean 'superfan' of Royals headed back to KC

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A die-hard, long-time Kansas City Royals fan from Seoul who became an international celebrity after he was superstitiously credited with sparking the team's playoff run left Tuesday for Missouri to watch the Royals appear in their first World Series since 1985.

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  • AP PHOTOS: De la Renta's creations over the years

    NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar de la Renta, who died Monday at 82, shaped American couture half a century ago when it emerged as a serious rival to European fashion designers.

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  • Designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82: US media

    New York (AFP) - Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, whose beautifully made evening wear was beloved by US first ladies, has died at 82, US media reported Monday.

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  • Tunisia vote offers post-Arab Spring hope

    Tunis (AFP) - Tunisians vote Sunday to elect their first parliament since the country's 2011 revolution, in a rare glimmer of hope for a region torn apart by post-Arab Spring violence and repression.

    AFP