• Protesters in Hong Kong to vote on government proposals

    By Diana Chan and Donny Kwok HONG KONG (Reuters) - Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong say they will hold a straw poll on government proposals they had rejected earlier in the week as the campaign in the Chinese-controlled city entered the fifth week on Friday. With crowds likely to swell at the…

  • Three Kurdish militants killed in attack on Turkish power plant

    DIYARBAKIR Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish soldiers killed three Kurdish militants who were part of a group that attacked a power plant in the eastern province of Kars, Turkish sources said on Friday. Fighters from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) set fire to two vehicles and a cabin at the…

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  • Merkel, Putin express hope for gas talks success on October 29: Kremlin

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of reaching an agreement on gas supplies to Ukraine in a telephone call, the Kremlin said on Friday. "A hope was expressed that the next round of three-party consultations between…

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  • Primanti Bros., iconic Pittsburgh sandwich-makers, to ship nationwide

    The iconic sandwich of Pittsburgh can now be ordered directly to your home – anywhere in the country. 

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  • Fort Lauderdale joins urban movement to restrict feeding the homeless

    Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the latest city to place restrictions on feeding the homeless.

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  • Investigation of UNC highlights tensions over role of student-athletes

    A report released Wednesday that sheds new light on the fake classes used to bolster student-athletes' grade-point averages at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill provides a window on the steps sometimes taken to give athletes an easy path through school. 

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  • Islamic State siege of Kobane: Did Turkey shoot itself in the foot?

    The decision by Iraq’s Kurdish regional government to send fighters with heavy weapons to reinforce the beleaguered Syrian-Kurdish town of Kobane is offering hope to its defenders, who have been holding off fighters from the self-declared Islamic State in a 37-day siege.

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  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT

    CHUNCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The whistle-blower who exposed breakthrough cloning research as a devastating fake says South Korea is still dominated by the values that allowed science fraudster Hwang Woo-suk to become an almost untouchable national hero. In an interview with The Associated Press…

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  • Japan favored in Super Rugby expansion in 2016

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Japan will take the 18th spot in an expanded Super Rugby competition from 2016.

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  • At least 824,000 displaced by Ukraine conflict: UN

    The conflict in Ukraine has driven more than 824,000 people from their homes, the UN refugee agency said on Friday, warning that it was having to scramble aid to offset the impact of winter. At least 430,000 people had been displaced within Ukraine as of Thursday, UNHCR said, 170,000 more than at…

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  • 2 arrested after explosives found in Denmark

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish officials say they have arrested two men in Copenhagen in possession of one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of explosive material.

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  • Man with 'Islamic extremist leanings' attacks NY police

    A man reported to have Islamic "extremist leanings" attacked police officers in New York City with a hatchet Thursday, injuring two before being shot dead, police and a monitoring group said. The man, identified in the US media as Zale Thompson, had posted an array of statements on YouTube and…

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  • Sharapova's WTA title hope and No. 1 chance over

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Maria Sharapova's hopes of winning the WTA Finals and claiming the year-end No. 1 ranking both ended on Friday despite a three-set victory over Agnieszka Radwanska.

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  • Warner on 133no with Australia in trouble at 207-4

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — While David Warner produced his third successive test century, Pakistan snatched four quick wickets by lunch to leave Australia struggling at 207-4 on the third day of the first test on Friday.

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  • French journalists jailed in Indonesia's Papua

    JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesia court has sentenced two French television journalists to two and a half months in jail for illegal reporting in the easternmost province of Papua.

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  • Man charged with terrorism offences

    London (AFP) - A 26-year-old man is set to appear in court Friday charged with preparing acts of terrorism, after a series of arrests by counter-terrorism police.

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  • Australian doctors transplant 'dead' hearts in surgical breakthrough

    Sydney (AFP) - Australian surgeons said Friday they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in what they said was a world first that could change the way organs are donated.

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