• Khodorkovsky says Putin is leading Russia towards stagnation, collapse

    By Dmitry Zhdannikov and Guy Faulconbridge LONDON (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin will survive Western sanctions and lower oil prices but the Kremlin chief has brought such stagnation that Russia could eventually collapse, former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said on Thursday. Russia's richest…

  • Mali says arrests two suspects linked to Bamako hotel attack

    By Tiemoko Diallo and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali authorities arrested two people on Thursday suspected of links to an attack on a luxury hotel in the capital that killed 20 people, the security ministry said. At least two armed men launched a dawn raid on the Radisson Blu hotel in…

  • North, South Korea plan further talks to improve ties after standoff

    North and South Korea agreed to hold talks at the vice-minister level next month, after a meeting on Thursday aimed at further easing tensions following the end to an armed standoff in August. The meeting of officials at the border truce village of Panmunjom came after the two sides signed an…

  • In Denver, duo forms unlikely alliance to counter gang violence

    Late on a Sunday morning, when other Denverites were at church or preparing to watch the Broncos, an entrepreneur and a former gang member huddled at a desk. When 40-something Trey Staples grinned at the thought of putting players in giant bubbles, he revealed a glimpse of the boy he was before he…

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  • Black Lives Matter protests were nonviolent, but certainly not calm

    Charles Preston wants to make one thing perfectly clear. Overnight Tuesday in Chicago and Minneapolis, there was widespread relief. Worries that protests against police might turn violent had brought a member of Congress out onto the pavement in Minneapolis and prompted a pleading press…

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  • Is Donald Trump really a 'fascist?'

    Is Donald Trump really “fascist”? It seems his recent nativist statements – including his apparent endorsement of a national registry for Muslims in the US, and support for the surveillance of mosques – have pushed Republicans who think Trump is unelectable over the edge. Recommended: What do…

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  • How Muslims are using social media to reclaim their faith

    When Marwa Balkar learned of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s support of a tracking database for Muslims, she decided she would not take his remarks lying down. “When I first heard Donald Trump’s comments, I wasn’t shocked because I feel like it was something Donald Trump would…

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  • New Zealand wins toss, elects to bat in 1st day-night test

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia in the first ever day-night cricket test Friday.

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  • Hurricane Sandra still powerful Category 3 storm

    MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Sandra is still a powerful Category 3 storm in the eastern Pacific, but it is expected to weaken significantly before it reaches Mexico's mainland.

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  • Jones' 68 gives him early 2nd-round lead at Australian Open

    SYDNEY (AP) — Matt Jones used home-course advantage to shoot a 3-under 68 Friday and take the early clubhouse lead during the second round of the Australian Open.

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  • Mexico closes health center for supposed diabetes 'vaccine'

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican regulatory authorities closed a health center that was touting a supposed diabetes "vaccine" and warned consumers that there is no vaccine for the condition.

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  • Landing gear collapses as jetliner lands in Mexico City

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities at the Mexico City international airport say the landing gear collapsed on a Boeing 737 as it landed, but no injuries were reported.

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  • Scott slides down Australian Open leaderboard with 73

    SYDNEY (AP) — A "flat" and tired Adam Scott shot a 2-over 73 at the Australian Open on Friday, a round likely to allow him to scrape into the weekend but do little to end his 2015 victory drought.

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  • Top Asian News 2:34 a.m. GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — At least five assailants opened fire Thursday on devotees during evening prayers at a Shiite mosque in northern Bangladesh, leaving one person dead and three others wounded, police said. Bogra district police chief Mohammed Asaduzzaman said by phone that the assailants fled after…

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  • Japan's jobless rate at 20-year low, consumer spending drops

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's jobless rate fell to a 20-year low in October, but consumer spending and incomes also edged down as the tight labor market failed to spur significant increases in wages.

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  • Texas holds onto early lead, beats Washington 82-70

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Eric Davis Jr. had 15 points, Cameron Ridley added 13 points and 11 rebounds and Texas fended off a barrage of rallies to beat Washington 82-70 Thursday in the consolation round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

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  • No. 6 Maryland women beat Old Dominion 95-49

    ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Brene Moseley matched her career high with 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting to help No. 6 Maryland beat Old Dominion 95-49 on Thursday night in the Paradise Jam.

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  • Moseley helps No. 6 Maryland women rout Old Dominion 95-46

    ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Brene Moseley scored a career-high-tying 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting to help the No. 6 Maryland women rout Old Dominion 95-46 on Thursday in the opener of the Paradise Jam.

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