• Europe won't recognize vote in eastern Ukraine, Merkel tells Putin

    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday. Merkel and Putin held a joint…

  • Kerry, Iran's foreign minister, EU's Ashton to discuss nuclear issue November 9-10

    WASHINGTON (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, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. Kerry's talks in Muscat, Oman with Iranian Foreign Minister…

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  • Accused in Canada dismemberment trial had troubled childhood, his father says

    By Allison Lampert MONTREAL (Reuters) - The Canadian man who killed and dismembered a Chinese student in 2012 was raised by a domineering mother who would get drunk on vodka and was obsessed with germs, the man's father testified on Friday, while describing himself as an alcoholic schizophrenic.…

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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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  • Ebola quarantine: why judge sided with nurse Kaci Hickox

    A state judge in Maine has sided with nurse Kaci Hickox and rejected a request by state officials that her movements be restricted out of an abundance of caution over her recent exposure to the Ebola virus while treating patients in West Africa.

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  • New purge in Turkey? Government's former ally branded a security threat.

    Turkey’s top security council has declared the Gulen Movement, once the government’s most powerful political ally, a “threat to national security,” raising concerns of a wide-ranging “witch hunt” against the religious group, whose leader resides in the United States.

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  • Suu Kyi presidency moves a step closer to reality in Myanmar

    Myanmar's president and military chief met with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday, an unprecedented event that could pave the way for major reforms in the once pariah nation.

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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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  • Britain warns traveling nationals of heightened security risk from IS

    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Friday warned its citizens traveling overseas of a heightened risk of attacks against them from militants linked to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, updating its official travel advice to reflect an increase in the general threat level. "There is considered to be a…

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  • Top Asian News at 7:30 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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  • Kurdish official blames Turkey for peshmerga delay

    SURUC, Turkey (AP) — The 10 peshmerga fighters from Iraq who entered the embattled northern Syrian town of Kobani one day earlier returned to Turkey Friday to prepare for their forces' full deployment, and a senior Kurdish official blamed Ankara for the delay.

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  • Hello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and cool

    TOKYO (AP) — When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty.

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  • Kurdish peshmerga convoy heads towards Kobani to battle Islamic State

    SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces in Turkey headed on Friday towards the Syrian border where they were expected to help push back Islamic State insurgents encircling the mainly Kurdish border town of Kobani, a Reuters witness said. Peshmerga fighters in more than a…

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  • One dead, one injured in Virgin spaceship crash: police

    Los Angeles (AFP) - One pilot was killed and another seriously injured when a Virgin Galactic spaceship crashed in the desert Friday, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.

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  • Zombies take over London for Halloween

    London (AFP) - In a dark alley in northwest London, a small group of people desperately searched for water. But it was too late -- the zombies spotted them, and they ran for their lives.

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  • Kristin Scott Thomas to play UK queen onstage

    LONDON (AP) — Kristin Scott Thomas is about to don Helen Mirren's tiara.

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  • Yemen's Shiite rebels give president ultimatum

    ADEN, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels, who are in control of the capital, gave the president 10 days starting from Friday to form a government, hinting at a takeover attempt if their demands are not met.

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  • Virgin Galactic says space tourism rocket lost

    MOJAVE, California (AP) — Virgin Galactic reported that its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket has been lost in Southern California and the status of the pilots is unclear.

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