• Two dead in Egypt violence and Islamist protests

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Two people including an army general were killed and 25 were wounded on Friday in a drive-by shooting and clashes that erupted during Islamist protests around Egypt, security sources and health officials said. Police were out in force in anticipation of the protests, which were…

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  • Pope urges solidarity to stop aggressors in Syria and Iraq

    By Philip Pullella and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Pope Francis called for an end to all forms of fundamentalism on Friday and said fighting hunger and poverty, rather than military intervention alone, were key to stopping Islamist militants carrying out "grave persecutions" in Syria and…

  • China probes 'five networks' of disgraced ex-security chief: People's Daily

    BEIJING (Reuters) - An investigation into China's former domestic security chief is probing five different networks, the newspaper of the ruling Communist Party said on Friday, naming senior figures it said may have benefited from his alleged corruption. The party announced in July that Zhou…

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  • Facing unabated anger over students, Mexico leader vows police overhaul

    Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto vowed Thursday to overhaul local policing and more firmly establish the rule of law across the country, his strongest response yet to the apparent massacre of 43 students.

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  • Band Aid pushback? West African stars sing of Ebola their way.

    After you hear it, you might find yourself singing it – with the words “Ebola, Ebola” rolling off your tongue. It might seem strange to hum about one of the world’s most pressing health crises, especially to such an upbeat refrain.

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  • 2,000 years and 23 dynasties later, China to end state monopoly on salt

    They say things change quickly in China, but that’s not always true. Some things take a very long time indeed to change. Like the government’s monopoly on table salt, in force for the last two millenniums.

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  • Push for Palestinian statehood grows in Europe as France begins debate

    As France’s National Assembly began debating a non-binding vote on recognizing a state of Palestine Friday, lawmakers joined three other democratic chambers and one European leader who have done the same in less than six weeks.

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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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  • 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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  • US stock market trades mixed as oil tumbles

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks indexes were mixed in early trading, as tumbling oil prices weighed on shares of Exxon Mobil, Chevron and other oil and gas giants. Airlines, however, made gains.

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  • Vietnam beats Philippines 3-1 to reach semifinals

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Former champion Vietnam qualified for the semifinals of the Suzuki Cup on Friday by beating the Philippines 3-1.

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  • Bangladesh beats Zimbabwe by 21 runs in 4th ODI

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh was on the verge of sweeping Zimbabwe in their one-day international series after winning the fourth match by 21 runs on Friday.

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  • Thai legislature approves ban on surrogacy

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's interim parliament has given initial approval to a bill banning commercial surrogacy, the practice of hiring a woman to carry a fetus to term, a lawmaker said Friday.

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  • Fifteen Islamic State targets hit by U.S., allies since Wednesday: U.S.

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military and its allies hit Islamic State forces with 15 air strikes in Iraq and Syria during a three-day period, the U.S. Central Command said on Friday. Thirteen attacks were carried out in Iraq since Wednesday and two more targeted Islamic State in Syria. The air…

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  • Brazil's GDP grows slightly in third quarter

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's economy has pulled out of recession, but by the narrowest of margins, the government statistics bureau reported Friday.

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  • CONI seeks bans for 3 sprinters in Schwazer case

    ROME (AP) — The Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping prosecutor has recommended bans for three of the four members of the country's squad that won the silver medal in the 4x100-meter relay at the 2010 European Athletics Championships.

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  • Top Asian News at 3:00 p.m. GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — At age 14, he stepped into the spotlight to take on — and ultimately help defeat — Hong Kong authorities' plans to launch a "national education" curriculum, calling it a ploy to brainwash the city's youth with unquestioned support for the Chinese Communist Party. Now, at 18, Joshua…

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  • Italian man seriously wounded at West Bank protest

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Italian man marching in support of Palestinians in the northern West Bank on Friday was shot and seriously wounded by Israeli forces, a Palestinian hospital official said.

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  • Mayhem as US 'Black Friday' hits Britain

    London (AFP) - Police blasted stores for bringing "Black Friday" to Britain, with the US sales event descending into chaotic fist fights as frenzied consumers battled to grab discounted goods.

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