• Ukraine, Russia, EU likely to agree gas supply deal on Thursday: officials

    By Alastair Macdonald and Pavel Polityuk BRUSSELS/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia, Ukraine and the European Union are likely to conclude an accord on Thursday that would see Moscow resume gas supplies to its ex-Soviet neighbor over the winter, EU and Ukrainian officials said. Russian negotiators, who broke…

  • Kerry says reported U.S. slur of Israel's Netanyahu 'damaging'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The description of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit" by an anonymous U.S. official as quoted in a U.S. magazine this week was disgraceful and damaging, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday. Netanyahu on Wednesday condemned the comment from…

  • East Ukraine separatists hold vote to gain legitimacy, promise normalcy

    By Thomas Grove and Gabriela Baczynska DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - On a campaign trip, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic lit candles at a Russian Orthodox Church and kissed icons of Jesus and the Virgin Mary before dashing off to meet about 100 voters in a local factory.…

  • Is this the worst congressional race in US?

    In this House race, one candidate is facing a 20-count federal indictment. He once threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony for asking an impertinent question.

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  • Could Burkina Faso protests signal end of president's 27-year rule?

    A week of escalating protests in Burkina Faso exploded into violence Thursday as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets against an attempt by longstanding President Blaise Campaore to extend his 27-year rule.

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  • Amelia Earhart: Has a scrap of metal solved one of the world’s great mysteries?

    Ric Gillespie has always been pretty sure about the fate of pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart, who disappeared over the Pacific in 1937 trying to circumnavigate the globe.

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  • US economy continues upward trend, contrary to many voters' perceptions

    The US economy grew at steady pace of 3.5 percent in the third quarter, a sign of progress against a backdrop of concerns about slow wage growth and difficulties for the wider global economy.

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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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  • Central Europe, Britain oppose Ukraine rebel vote

    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The foreign ministers of four Central European countries and Britain have condemned a plan by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine to hold local elections.

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  • Brazilian cycling champ banned 2 years for doping

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian cycling federation says it has suspended national road race champion Marcia Fernandes for two years for doping, virtually ending her chances of competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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  • Islamic State fighters kill 220 Iraqis from tribe that opposed them

    By Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants executed at least 220 Iraqis in retaliation against a tribe's opposition to their takeover of territory west of Baghdad, security sources and witnesses said. Two mass graves were discovered on Thursday containing some of the 300 members…

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  • Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state — a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.

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  • U.N. watchdog urges Israel to probe possible Gaza war crimes

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Israel should investigate all alleged violations committed by its forces during three recent wars in Gaza and ensure military commanders are brought to justice for any crimes, a United Nations human rights watchdog said on Thursday. A panel of independent…

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  • Burkina president declares emergency, calls for end to protests

    DAKAR (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore declared a state of emergency on Thursday and pledged to open talks with the opposition, local radio reported, in a bid to defuse protests sparked by his attempt to extend his 27-year rule. "A state of emergency is declared across the…

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  • Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Omer Berberoglu SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders. Kobani,…

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  • South Africans mourn sport deaths

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African officials on Thursday called for a strict new gun law as a tribute to a soccer star who was shot and killed earlier this week.

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  • Murray clinches ATP finals berth in Paris

    PARIS (AP) — Andy Murray capped off his autumn comeback with a spot in the ATP Finals by reaching the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters in impressive fashion on Thursday.

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  • Celtic player banned for 7 games for racial abuse

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev was banned for seven games on Thursday for using racist language toward an opponent during a Scottish league match.

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