• Thousands denounce HSBC board member's likening of Hong Kong people to freed slaves

    By Anne Marie Roantree and Lisa Jucca HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands have signed an online petition denouncing reported comments by an HSBC Holdings board member in which she likened Hong Kong protesters' demands for democracy to the emancipation of slaves. Laura Cha, who is also a member of Hong…

  • Muslim men over 50 return to Jerusalem's Aqsa mosque, tension high

    By Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Muslim worshippers over the age of 50 returned to pray at Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday, a day after Israeli authorities shut down all access to the sacred compound following violence in East Jerusalem. The Muslim quarter of the Old City was…

  • Myanmar's leaders seek to revive peace talks, maintain reforms

    By Aung Hla Tun and Paul Mooney YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's political and ethnic leaders agreed on Friday to work together on reforms and peace talks ahead of a 2015 election after U.S. President Barack Obama urged the government to make every effort to end ethnic conflict. The president and the…

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  • Why Islamic State threat is 'unprecedented,' but doesn't change much for US

    The Islamic State is a unique phenomenon that "is unprecedented in the modern age," according to a new report, but a co-author suggests that – for now – the threat to the United States remains limited and the potential for solving the crisis is frustratingly familiar.

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  • Maine governor: Ebola quarantine talks fail with nurse Kaci Hickox

    Negotiations have broken down between Maine officials and a nurse who refuses to submit to a three-week quarantine following her return from treating Ebola patients in West Africa.

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  • Ukraine can cleanse its past, heal its future

    In the past half century, as dozens of nations have overcome tyranny or conflict, many have tried to figure out how much to punish their past tormentors – or to forgive them, depending on their crimes, personal contrition, or civic usefulness.

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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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  • Israel reopens Al-Aqsa mosque with police out in force

    Israeli police deployed heavily around Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound as it reopened Friday for Muslim prayers after a rare closure during clashes over the killing of a Palestinian by security forces. The streets of east Jerusalem were calm before the prayers at midday but teeming…

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  • Danielle Kang has another hole-in-one

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Another week. Another ace. Another car.

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  • Mugabe to set up commission to probe factions dividing party

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will set up a commission to probe allegations of factionalism threatening to divide his ZANU-PF party ahead of an elective congress in December, the party spokesperson said Friday. "The President was candid enough and frank enough to tell us the factions he has…

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  • Top Asian News at 10:00 a.m. GMT

    KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities are warning of more landslides at a tea plantation where a deadly torrent of mud swept away scores of homes this week, residents said Friday. But with the shelters already crowded, the residents say there is no room left for anyone else.

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  • Rowling reveals new tidbits on Pottermore site

    LONDON (AP) — Just in time for Halloween, J.K. Rowling has given fans a glimpse of what makes a wicked witch tick.

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  • Official: Man slashes 3 schoolchildren in China

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities say a first-grader in the southeastern province of Jiangxi was slashed to death and two others severely injured in the latest violent attack on children in the country.

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  • Hurley takes a 2-shot lead at CIMB Classic

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Billy Hurley III made six birdies on his front nine en route to a 5-under 67 Friday that gave him a two-shot lead after the second round of the CIMB Classic.

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  • Russia: gas flow will resume after Ukraine pays

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia says gas supplies to Ukraine will resume after it pays off the first debt installment next week.

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  • Child stabbed to death, two injured in latest China attack

    BEIJING (Reuters) - An 8-year-old Chinese boy was stabbed to death and two classmates seriously injured on Friday in the latest attack on school children in the country, state media reported. A suspect who was released from jail in April attacked the children in the eastern province of Jiangxi as…

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  • Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week — months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later.

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