• Exclusive: Obama plan to 'Power Africa' gets off to a dim start

    By Joe Brock JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7 billion plan to "Power Africa" would double electricity output on the world's poorest continent and bring "light where currently there is darkness". A year later, the U.S. president's flagship…

  • Northeast Nigeria bus station blast kills 40 people: sources

    YOLA, Nigeria (Reuters) - A roadside bomb tore through a bus station near a busy junction in northeast Nigeria on Thursday, killing 40 people including five soldiers, witnesses and a security source on the scene said. The security source and witness Abubakar Adamu, a mechanic who narrowly avoided…

  • Mexico president vows police reform in bid to quell massacre anger

    By Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday vowed to simplify Mexico's chaotic police structure and stop collusion between officials and drug gangs as he tried to defuse anger over the apparent massacre of 43 students in September. Pena Nieto is under…

  • Thanksgiving football TV schedule: Lions vs. Bears, Cowboys vs. Eagles, Seahawks vs. 49ers

    Welcome to another Thanksgiving Thursday on the National Football League schedule, and three games that could help to shape the upcoming playoffs.

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  • Turkey wars in Washington: Obama pardons, Boehner brines

    Lots of gobbling in Washington on Wednesday. At the White House, President Obama did the traditional thing and pardoned the national Thanksgiving turkey. Actually, two birds were involved – one named “Mac” and the other named “Cheese.” 

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Why US is mum on special ops raid that rescued hostages in Yemen

    There are two good reasons the cover-of-night, US-led commando raid that rescued eight Al Qaeda hostages in Yemen Tuesday received none of the fanfare and public back-slapping of previous successful counterterror operations.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Heavy snow, sleet, rain muck up Thanksgiving travel: Where will it be worst?

    Millions of travelers hit the roads and skies Wednesday for the annual pilgrimage to grandma’s house – or wherever they planned to give thanks and feast on Thursday. But for many in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, the journey is shaping up to be a doozy, with rain,…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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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  • General strike shuts down services across Greece

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Services across Greece shut down Wednesday as unions staged a 24-hour general strike and held peaceful demonstrations to protest further austerity cuts in the cash-strapped country.

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  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who rose to power in large part by opposing a tax on greenhouse gas emissions, is finding his country isolated like never before on climate change as the U.S., China and other nations signal new momentum for action. Abbott tried and…

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  • New Burkina PM vows investigations into Compaore-era deaths

    By Mathieu Bonkoungou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's interim prime minister has pledged to open enquiries into the deaths of a revered former president and an investigative journalist -- key demands of protesters who swept veteran ruler Blaise Compaore from power last month. Lieutenant…

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  • London's FTSE down at open as oil prices sink

    London (AFP) - London's leading share index fell at the open Friday after oil prices hit a new four-year low in reaction to OPEC's decision to ignore calls for an output cut.

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  • 1 officer killed, 107 Islamists arrested in Egypt

    CAIRO (AP) — Government officials say a senior Egyptian army officer was killed while security forces arrested more than 100 Islamists ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations.

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  • Syria denies targeting civilians, tells U.S. to criticize militants instead

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria rejected as "fabricated" U.S. accusations that its forces are targeting civilians with air strikes and said Washington would do better to criticize hardline Islamic State militants who have killed American citizens. The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday it was…

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  • Craig's 7-94 helps NZ dismiss Pakistan for 351

    SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — New Zealand offspinner Mark Craig took a career-best 7-94 as Pakistan was bowled out for 351 on a revised second day of the third test on Friday.

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  • Gold takes lead after short program at NHK Trophy

    OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Gracie Gold of the United States took the lead after the short program at the NHK Trophy on Friday, boosting her chances of qualifying for the Grand Prix Final.

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  • Activist for media freedom standing trial in China

    BEIJING (AP) — A leading rights activist who organized rallies for media freedom went on trial Friday in a southern Chinese city for disturbing public order, more than 15 months after he was detained by police.

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