• Street clashes erupt as Hong Kong police crack down on protesters

    By James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of pro-democracy activists clashed with police in running scuffles in the gritty district of Mong Kok early on Saturday in a bid to reclaim part of one of the largest and most volatile protest sites in Hong Kong. After hours of tense face-offs, with…

  • Pope condemns 'barbaric violence' of Islamic State

    By Philip Pullella and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Friday fighting hunger and poverty, rather than military intervention alone, were key to stopping Islamist militants carrying out "barbaric violence" in Syria and Iraq. In a speech to Turkey's top cleric, Francis said…

  • Three foreign workers kidnapped in Nigeria's delta region

    YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Three expatriate construction workers were kidnapped on Friday in Nigeria's Bayelsa state in the delta region, a security forces spokesman said. The men, two Pakistani and one Indian, were seized at Emakalakala town in the Ogbia council area, a few miles from their…

  • Poll: Most Americans think things are going pretty well in the US

    Maybe it’s Thanksgiving good feelings, but most Americans seem to think things are going pretty well in the US, according to a new poll.

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  • Beyond Black Friday: five alternative ways to spend Thanksgiving weekend

    If the idea of prowling the mall for Black Friday deals amid a horde of fellow shoppers makes you shudder, you’re not alone. Despite the full-on drive from the retail industry, only about 28 percent of Americans actually hit the stores for Black Friday sales, according to a survey.

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  • Protesters on Black Friday: Will they reinvigorate outrage over Ferguson?

    The spike of looting, arson, and arrests that followed Monday’s non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson for killing teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., has calmed, but some remaining protesters began to target big-box stores having Black Friday sales.

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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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  • Top Asian News at 9:30 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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  • US police: More than 100 rounds fired

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A gunman attempted to set the Mexican Consulate in Austin ablaze and fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings early Friday before he died, authorities said.

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  • Iconic Mexican comedian 'Chespirito' dies at 85

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Televisa television network has announced the death of iconic Mexican comedian Roberto Gomez Bolanos.

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  • Stuttgart wins 4-1 at Freiburg in Stevens' return

    BERLIN (AP) — Martin Harnik scored twice as Stuttgart won 4-1 at Freiburg to climb provisionally off the bottom of the Bundesliga in Huub Stevens' first game back in charge on Friday.

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  • Police: Blasts at mosque in Nigeria kill 35 people

    KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Multiple explosions tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, killing 35 people, police said.

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  • Butler beats Georgetown 64-58 in Bahamas

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Kellen Dunham scored 16 points and Butler beat Georgetown 64-58 in an all-Big East matchup for third place at the Battle 4 Atlantis on Friday afternoon.

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  • Officials: Israel's Eisenkot named military chief

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli defense officials say a career officer with deep experience battling Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon has been selected as the country's next military chief.

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  • BlackBerry gets OK to buy encryptors of Merkel's mobile

    Berlin (AFP) - Germany said Friday it had approved Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry's purchase of data encryption firm Secusmart, whose customers include Chancellor Angela Merkel, after agreeing what media dubbed a "no-spy clause".

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  • French president cheered in Ebola-stricken Guinea

    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — French President Francois Hollande brought a message of hope to Guinea on Friday, where thousands of residents lined the roads while clapping, drumming and dancing to catch a glimpse of the first Western leader to visit a country hard hit by Ebola.

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