• East of Kobani, Turkish town appreciates 'peace' brought by Islamic State

    By Humeyra Pamuk AKCAKALE Turkey (Reuters) - Residents of a Turkish border town, an hour's drive from where Islamic State is battling for control of Kobani, appreciate the quiet they say the Sunni militants brought when they swiftly seized neighboring Syrian territory. Months of infighting last…

  • U.N. rights body calls for open elections in Hong Kong

    GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Human Rights Committee called on China on Thursday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, including the right to stand for election and not be subject to vetting. The panel of 18 independent experts, who monitor compliance with an international treaty on…

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  • Eight Pakistani Shi'ites killed in sectarian attack

    By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA Pakistan (Reuters) - Eight Shi'ite members of Pakistan's ethnic Hazara minority were killed, and one wounded, on Thursday, after gunmen opened fire on a bus in the volatile province of Baluchistan, police said. No one immediately claimed responsibility. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a…

  • Iowa women candidates could make history ... if Iowa women vote for them

    This November, Iowans have the opportunity to break the glass ceiling and send their first female to Congress.

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  • Ebola vaccine trials in Africa could start by January, says WHO

    The World Health Organization said that two vaccines for Ebola could be used in medical trials in West Africa as early as January. An effective vaccine – combined with increased international aid and healthcare volunteers – should help to halt an outbreak that’s infected upwards of 9,000 people and…

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  • Nazi U Boat wreck gives glimpse of World War II battle fought at US doorstep

    Lodged beneath sand and silt, scientists have uncovered two vessels off the coast of North Carolina that provide new insight into the events of World War II. 

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  • Leaked autopsy raises questions about Michael Brown narrative

    The narrative surrounding Michael Brown’s death continues to evolve as a leaked autopsy report appears to support the claim that Mr. Brown at one point reached for Officer Darren Wilson’s gun. It also raises questions about whether Brown was raising his hands in surrender when he was killed.

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  • Stocks subdued after business surveys

    TOKYO (AP) — World stock markets were subdued Thursday after a survey showed China's factory output grew at the slowest pace in five months and a separate report suggested some improvement in Europe's business activity.

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  • Sarfraz belligerent ton spurs Pakistan to 454

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sarfraz Ahmed's belligerent century earned Pakistan a strong first-innings score of 454 against Australia on the second day of the first test on Thursday.

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  • Canada attack stirs terror fears

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Two deadly attacks in three days against members of the military stunned Canadians and raised fears their country was being targeted for reprisals for joining the U.S.-led air campaign against an extremist Islamic group in Iraq and Syria.

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  • Syrian Kurds sign power-sharing deal to draw more support

    By Isabel Coles ARBIL Iraq (Reuters) - Syrian Kurdish factions have signed a deal to share power and set their rivalries aside to capitalize on growing international support for their fight against Islamic State militants. The agreement was reached late on Wednesday after nine days of talks and…

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  • Botswana's ruling party favored in elections

    GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — The ruling party in Botswana, which has dominated politics since independence in 1966, is again the front-runner ahead of elections Friday in the southern African nation.

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  • France sends police reinforcements to Calais after migrant clashes

    Paris (AFP) - France's interior minister said Thursday he had dispatched 100 extra police to the port of Calais where an influx of illegal migrants trying to get to Britain is causing more and more havoc.

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  • Folau wins top honors in Australian rugby awards

    SYDNEY (AP) — Fullback Israel Folau has won the top individual honor in Australian rugby union after clinching the John Eales Medal.

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  • Kosovo foreign minister visits Serbia, says 'I'm symbol of sovereignty'

    By Ivana Sekularac BELGRADE (Reuters) - Enver Hoxhaj paid the first visit by a foreign minister of independent Kosovo to old master Serbia on Thursday and declared himself a "symbol of Kosovo sovereignty", showing how relations have evolved from open hostility to tacit co-existence. The trip,…

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  • Police flood Jerusalem flashpoints after car attack

    Police flooded flashpoint neighbourhoods of Jerusalem on Thursday after clashes triggered when a Palestinian rammed his car into a crowd, killing a baby in what authorities described as a "terror attack". It was the second deadly incident involving a Palestinian driving a vehicle in three months…

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  • Malaysia returning officer to NZ for assault trial

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's foreign ministry says a military official accused of assaulting a woman in New Zealand will be returned there Friday to face trial.

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  • China's ruling party pushes for better judiciary

    BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party said it will take steps to improve judicial independence and put checks on political interference in the courts, as its Central Committee concluded its annual meeting on Thursday.

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  • Activists: Syria airstrikes toll over 500

    BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Syria have killed more than 500 people, mainly Islamic militants, since they began last month, activists said Thursday, as fighting flared in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani.

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