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  • U.S. chides Russia over military flights in Europe

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Stepped-up flights by Russian fighters, long-range bombers and tanker aircraft are aggravating security concerns in Europe and the United States is watching them very closely, the Pentagon said on Friday. Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said Russian…

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  • U.S. blacklists Myanmar official ahead of Obama visit

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a prominent lawmaker and businessman in Myanmar for undermining economic and political reforms in the country, ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's planned visit next month. The U.S. Treasury Department said Aung Thaung, who…

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  • Fourteen dead, 55 injured in Honduras bus accident

    TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Fourteen people were killed and 55 injured in western Honduras on Friday when a bus ran off the road and crashed into a ravine, the government said. The bus, which landed with its wheels up, was carrying 69 people, said Moises Alvarado, head of the country's emergency…

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  • Fallujah: The commander US Marines followed without question

    The ferocity of the house-to-house fighting in Fallujah forged a new generation of American combatants. Today the city appears to be firmly in the grip of Islamic militants. Staff writer Scott Peterson, on the ground for that epic fight in 2004, tracked down the platoon of US Marines he knew…

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  • Did Mary Landrieu just insult the entire South? Actually, kinda

    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) of Louisiana couched her comment about Democratic electoral troubles in Dixie as an uncomfortable truth: You know what they say about the South, dontcha? Well, it’s true.

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  • How a guerilla artist is transforming Chicago's potholes

    Illinois artist Jim Bachor never avoids a Chicago pothole because he sees them as opportunities to fill with stone and glass mosaics of flowers, humor and occasionally the phone number of a good local car repair shop.

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  • Will a satanic coloring book be distributed to Florida school children?

    On the third page of a new coloring book, children are asked to solve seven word jumbles. One spells “justice,” another “freedom.” Later in the packet, children can connect dots to create an inverted pentagram.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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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  • Russian coach refuses to sign black players

    MOSCOW (AP) — The coach of Russian Premier League team FC Rostov says he will not sign black players and expressed fears that Ebola could spread to the club.

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  • US denounces planned separatist voting in Ukraine

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is denouncing plans by some Ukrainian separatists to hold elections Sunday in the eastern region of the country. It's urging Russia to condemn what U.S. officials call an illegitimate vote this weekend.

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  • Cyclists kidnapped, ransomed near Mexico City

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Seven cyclists and an assistant who were kidnapped while on a training ride in the mountainous outskirts of the Mexican capital were released hours later after a ransom was paid, authorities said Friday.

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  • Sweden, after IKEA tit-for-tat, hopes Israel ties will recover

    Sweden's foreign minister said Friday she hoped ties with Israel would recover after Stockholm's decision to recognise the state of Palestine led to an unusual exchange involving IKEA furniture. Margot Wallstroem was speaking exclusively to AFP one day after Sweden became the first EU member in…

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  • Antarctic marine reserve plans fail to move ahead

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Environmental groups said Saturday that Russia and China blocked a plan to create the world's largest marine reserve in a vast swath of ocean off the coast of Antarctica.

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  • Top Asian News at 11:30 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. They also asked people…

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  • UN resolution urges Myanmar to drop identity plan

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new U.N. draft resolution takes aim at Myanmar's aggressive campaign to have its Rohingya Muslims identify as a term they reject, urging "access to full citizenship on an equal basis."

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  • Judge won't close hearing in Islamic State case

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Friday denied a government request to partially close a detention hearing for a 19-year-old suburban Chicago man who authorities say violated U.S. law by trying to travel to Syria to join Islamic State militants.

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  • Biden concerned by tension between Cyprus, Turkey

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has telephoned the president of Cyprus to express concern over renewed tension with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

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  • Canada restricts visas amid Ebola scare

    TORONTO (AP) — Canada has joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away.

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  • Top Asian News at 11:00 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. They also asked people…

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