• Kerry, Iran minister to meet ahead of deadline for atom deal

    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Iran's foreign minister and the European Union foreign policy chief in Oman on Nov. 9-10 to discuss the Iranian nuclear issue ahead of a looming deadline for a final agreement, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. Kerry's…

  • China says not begun legal process for disgraced security chief

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China has not started legal proceedings against former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, the highest-profile figure to be caught in a government crackdown on corruption, a senior court official said on Saturday. Jiang Bixin, the deputy head of the Supreme People's Court,…

  • Gaza rocket hits southern Israel causing no damage or injuries: army

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A mortar fired from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel, the Israeli military said on Saturday, the second such incident since a seven-week war in the Palestinian enclave ended in August. Hours after the projectile struck harmlessly, there was no Israeli counter-strike, an…

  • 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.

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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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  • Yemen Shiite rebels kill 4 Islamist party guards

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen security officials say Shiite rebels have attacked an Islamist party headquarters in a central province, killing four guards and blowing up the building.

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  • Top Asian News at 10:30 a.m. GMT

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout on Saturday after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed, but power was restored to many parts of the country within a few hours, an official said. The blackout was caused by a "technical glitch"…

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  • Iraqi peshmerga fighters prepare for Syria battle

    MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Iraqi peshmerga fighters prepared Saturday to battle Islamic State group militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani, just hours after they arrived in a town that's become a focal point in the battle against the extremists.

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  • Boko Haram denies truce, kidnapped girls married

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has denied agreeing to any cease-fire with the government and said more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls all have converted to Islam and been married off.

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  • Blackout hits Bangladesh as line from India fails

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout on Saturday after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed, but power was restored to many parts of the country within a few hours, an official said.

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  • Moore, Na tied after 3 rounds of CIMB Classic

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Defending champion Ryan Moore will draw on the experience of last year's narrow victory when he enters the final round of the CIMB Classic on Sunday tied for the lead with Kevin Na.

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  • Mexico orders immediate release of Marine veteran

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Mexican judge ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns.

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  • Juncker's new EU Commission takes office

    The new European Commission led by EU veteran Jean-Claude Juncker formally took office Saturday, promising to "get down to work" as Europe faces a host of political and economic challenges. The agenda is heavy, with Juncker making it his first task to launch a 300 billion euro ($380 billion)…

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  • Body of Zambian president arrives home

    LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — A chartered plane carrying the body of Zambian President Michael Sata arrived on Saturday in Zambia from London, where the president died in a hospital after a long illness.

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  • South Africa arrests 2 Vietnamese for poaching

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police have arrested two Vietnamese and confiscated a large number of rhinoceros horns as part of an anti-poaching operation, authorities said Saturday.

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