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  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • Iran hits back after West chastises Tehran on rights

    GENEVA (Reuters) - Iran defended its human rights record on Friday, striking back at the West for its criticism about a woman hanged for murder in an alleged rape case. Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary general of Iran's High Council for Human Rights, was responding to calls from Western powers,…

    Reuters12 mins ago
  • How Election 2014 could create a Charlie Brown Congress

    If Republicans win control of the Senate on Nov. 4 – and thus gain full control of Congress – it just might be that more gets done in Washington, rather than less, that dysfunction sputters into some semblance of function, and that Republicans and President Obama cooperate a bit more with each other.

    Christian Science Monitor51 mins ago
  • 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.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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.

    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.

    Associated Press
  • Israel presents maritime version of 'Iron Dome'

    LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Israel's "Iron Dome" is heading to the seas, the maker of the rocket-blocking defense system says.

    Associated Press17 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 11:30 a.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…

    Associated Press17 mins ago
  • NATO says service member has died in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says one of its service members has died in eastern Afghanistan from a non-battle-related injury.

    Associated Press30 mins ago
  • Burkina Faso protesters return, demand leader's resignation

    Tens of thousands of protesters on Friday demanded the "immediate" resignation of President Blaise Compaore, as the opposition urged followers to keep up the pressure after a day of unrest that saw parliament set ablaze. "Blaise, get out!" chanted demonstrators gathered outside military…

    AFP33 mins ago
  • Russia may resume gas supply next week if Ukraine pays $2.2 billion: Gazprom

    By Denis Pinchuk and Olesya Astakhova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia may restart gas supplies to Ukraine as soon as next week if Kiev pays $2.2 billion worth of debts and pre-payments, Alexei Miller, head of state gas monopoly Gazprom, said on Friday. Moscow, Kiev and the European Union clinched a deal…

    Reuters33 mins ago
  • Putin, Poroshenko, European leaders welcome Ukraine gas deal: Kremlin

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, in a telephone call, welcomed an agreement on gas supplies to Ukraine, the Kremlin said. "The leaders welcomed the agreements reached on…

    Reuters33 mins ago
  • Shelters fill up after deadly Sri Lanka mudslide

    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.

    Associated Press38 mins ago
  • Three bombs rock north Nigeria bus station: police, witnesses

    Three bombs concealed in bags rocked a bus station in north Nigeria's Gombe state during Friday morning rush hour, the latest in a series of attacks targeting commuters blamed on Boko Haram, police and witnesses said. Multiple witnesses said three men entered the state-run Gombe Line station early…

    AFP39 mins ago
  • Kristin Scott Thomas to play UK queen onstage

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

    Associated Press40 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 11:00 a.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…

    Associated Press47 mins ago