• 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…

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  • Thousands flood streets in Burkina Faso to press Compaore to go

    By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Burkina Faso on Friday to press President Blaise Compaore to step down, a day after the army dissolved parliament and announced a transitional government in the face of violent mass…

  • Gazprom to resume gas supply after Ukraine pays $2.2 billion

    By Denis Pinchuk and Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia may restart gas supply to Ukraine as soon as next week if Kiev pays $2.2 billion worth of debt and pre-payments, gas export monopoly Gazprom said on Friday, under a deal that is also vital to ensure deliveries to Europe. Moscow, Kiev…

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  • Sniper Eric Frein in court: Justice for fallen police comrade drove manhunt

    After a fretful 48-day manhunt in northeast Pennsylvania, police late Thursday nabbed 31-year-old Eric Frein, suspected of killing a state trooper and injuring another in a brazen sniper ambush attack on Sept. 12. He was found at an abandoned Poconos airplane hangar, where he had apparently holed up.

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  • Jerusalem holy site reopens as tensions churn

    Amid heavy security, access to Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site was reopened for Muslim prayers Friday, a day after Palestinians decried its temporary closure by Israel as a “declaration of war.”

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  • Do high heels and sexy clothes lead to lower grades for girls?

    A new set of studies shows that when girls internalize the societal pressure to look sexy, it can undermine their academic achievement. 

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  • Senate elections 101: Kentucky conflicted about Mitch McConnell

    The Monitor's "Senate elections 101" series looks at the specific issues that will be driving voters in each of the 10 tossup races.

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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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  • Army official announces ouster of Burkina president

    An army official claimed on Friday that Burkina Faso's embattled President Blaise Compaore had been ousted, prompting an outburst of cheers from protesters demanding his resignation. "As of today, Compaore is no longer in power," Colonel Boureima Farta told tens of thousands of protesters who had…

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  • Spain seeks to halt informal Catalan breakup vote

    MADRID (AP) — Spain's government is asking the country's Constitutional Court to block plans by the powerful northeastern region of Catalonia to hold an informal independence poll Nov. 9.

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  • Pirate Bay founder jailed for hacking Danish data

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish court on Friday sentenced the Swedish founder of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay to 3½ years in prison after he was found guilty of hacking into a private company handling sensitive information for Danish authorities.

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  • North Korean Ebola policies hit tourism businesses

    BEIJING (AP) — North Korea's quarantine of foreigners to prevent Ebola has not disrupted business with the nation's largest trading partner, Chinese businesspeople say, although a tourist ban has hurt travel agencies that run tours to the reclusive country.

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  • Too much focus on Kobani in anti-IS campaign: Erdogan

    PARIS (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he believed that the coalition combatting Islamic State militants was focusing too much on the Syrian town of Kobani near the Turkish border and should turn its attention to other areas "Why Kobani and not otherwise towns like Idlib,…

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  • Top Asian News at 1:00 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. Disaster officials…

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  • Czech soldiers to stay in Afghanistan

    PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's Parliament has approved a government plan to keep troops in Afghanistan for at least two more years.

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  • Ukraine will guarantee transit of Russian gas to Europe: PM

    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, speaking after a gas agreement with Russia was nailed down, said on Friday Ukraine would guarantee deliveries of gas through its territory to Europe to make sure Moscow had no room for "blackmailing". Yatseniuk, speaking to Ukrainian…

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  • Fire causes evacuation of French state radio

    PARIS (AP) — A fire at the Paris headquarters of French state radio is sending columns of thick black smoke out of more than a dozen windows

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  • 2 Weird Tips To Lose Belly Fat

    It's Hollywood's Hottest Diet And Gets Rid Of Stubborn Areas Like Nothing Else.

  • Russia central bank in surprisingly big rate hike

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's central bank on Friday raised its main interest rate more than anticipated in its latest attempt to shore up the plummeting national currency.

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