• Khodorkovsky says Putin is leading Russia towards stagnation, collapse

    By Dmitry Zhdannikov and Guy Faulconbridge LONDON (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin will survive Western sanctions and lower oil prices but the Kremlin chief has brought such stagnation that Russia could eventually collapse, former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said on Thursday. Russia's richest…

  • Mali says arrests two suspects linked to Bamako hotel attack

    By Tiemoko Diallo and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali authorities arrested two people on Thursday suspected of links to an attack on a luxury hotel in the capital that killed 20 people, the security ministry said. At least two armed men launched a dawn raid on the Radisson Blu hotel in…

  • North, South Korea plan further talks to improve ties after standoff

    North and South Korea agreed to hold talks at the vice-minister level next month, after a meeting on Thursday aimed at further easing tensions following the end to an armed standoff in August. The meeting of officials at the border truce village of Panmunjom came after the two sides signed an…

  • In Denver, duo forms unlikely alliance to counter gang violence

    Late on a Sunday morning, when other Denverites were at church or preparing to watch the Broncos, an entrepreneur and a former gang member huddled at a desk. When 40-something Trey Staples grinned at the thought of putting players in giant bubbles, he revealed a glimpse of the boy he was before he…

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  • Black Lives Matter protests were nonviolent, but certainly not calm

    Charles Preston wants to make one thing perfectly clear. Overnight Tuesday in Chicago and Minneapolis, there was widespread relief. Worries that protests against police might turn violent had brought a member of Congress out onto the pavement in Minneapolis and prompted a pleading press…

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  • Is Donald Trump really a 'fascist?'

    Is Donald Trump really “fascist”? It seems his recent nativist statements – including his apparent endorsement of a national registry for Muslims in the US, and support for the surveillance of mosques – have pushed Republicans who think Trump is unelectable over the edge. Recommended: What do…

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  • How Muslims are using social media to reclaim their faith

    When Marwa Balkar learned of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s support of a tracking database for Muslims, she decided she would not take his remarks lying down. “When I first heard Donald Trump’s comments, I wasn’t shocked because I feel like it was something Donald Trump would…

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  • Weak Japan data offer latest bad news for Abenomics

    Japan on Friday published a string of mostly weak data, the first major figures since news that world's number three economy had slipped back into recession. A key inflation gauge showed prices fell in October from a year ago, while spending by households also dropped in a double blow for Prime…

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  • No. 18 UConn falls 79-76 to Syracuse at Battle 4 Atlantis

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Connecticut has had plenty of experience playing in tough, physical games with Syracuse.

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  • Destruction of Brazil's Amazon forest jumps 16 percent in 2015

    The destruction of Brazil's Amazon forest, the world's largest intact rainforest, increased by 16 percent in 2015 from a year ago as the government struggles to enforce legislation and stop illegal clearings. Satellite data for the 12 months through the end of July released on Thursday showed that…

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  • Hurricane Sandra weakens slightly to Category 3 storm

    MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Sandra has weakened slightly but is still a powerful Category 3 storm in the eastern Pacific off Mexico's coast.

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  • Unilever aims to use only renewable energy by 2030

    Consumer goods maker Unilever said it would switch to using only renewable energy by 2030 and would stop using energy from coal by 2020, as businesses jostle to highlight their green credentials ahead of a global climate summit. World leaders were set to meet in Paris from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 to…

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  • No. 21 Oklahoma women beat Utah 70-55

    FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — Peyton Little scored 14 points with four 3-pointers and six assists and No. 21 Oklahoma scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from Utah 70-55 at the Junkaroo Jam on Thursday.

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  • El Salvador breaks up corruption ring of judges, lawyers

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Prosecutors have broken up a ring of a dozen lawyers, judges and a prosecutor who fixed court rulings in exchange for bribes, El Salvador's government said Thursday.

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  • Ecuador to require Cubans to get entry visas

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador announced Thursday that it will begin requiring Cubans to get visas to enter beginning Tuesday, seeking to discourage the flow of migrants.

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  • Bolivian women arrested for alleged Facebook baby sale

    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian officials say they have arrested two women on human trafficking charges: one for selling her baby for $250, the other for buying it after placing a "want ad" on Facebook.

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  • Burundi risks genocide, US envoy warns

    Burundi is at risk of genocide, warns Thomas Perriello, US Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, days after President Barack Obama slapped sanctions on the public security minister and three others. Burundi descended into violence in April after President Pierre Nkurunziza launched a…

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  • Liverpool, Spurs into last-32 as Celtic crash

    Liverpool and Tottenham reached the Europa League last 32 on Thursday while Scottish interest in continental competition came to another sobering end when Celtic were knocked out. Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool defeated Bordeaux 2-1 at Anfield having endured the worst possible start when injury-plagued…

  • U.N. envoy says Russia-North Korea deportation pact puts refugees at risk

    An extradition treaty signed by Russia and North Korea could be used to send back defectors from the North and put them at risk of serious harm in their home country, including torture, the U.N. human rights investigator on North Korea said on Thursday. The comments by Marzuki Darusman, U.N.…