Libyan army says recaptures four barracks in Benghazi
By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI (Reuters) - Libya's army special forces have seized back four barracks from armed Islamist groups in the eastern city of Benghazi, a commander said on Friday, after two weeks of heavy fighting which has killed at least 210 people. The army, backed by forces of a former general and other fighters, have waged an offensive against Islamist groups in Libya's second-largest city - part of the chaos gripping the oil producer three years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. ...
11/01/2014 - 12:06 AM
Congo crowd kills man, eats him after militant massacres: witnesses
BENI Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - A crowd stoned to death a young man in northeast Congo on Friday before burning and eating his corpse, witnesses said, in apparent revenge for a series of attacks by Ugandan rebels. The incident in the town of Beni followed a number of overnight raids in the area blamed on the Islamist group ADF-NAUL, who are thought to have massacred more than 100 people this month, using hatchets and machetes to kill their victims. ...
11/01/2014 - 12:05 AM
Uganda-North Korea ties grow amid democracy doubts
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda gave a state banquet late Thursday in honor of North Korea's ceremonial head of state, praising Pyongyang for what he said was its prominent role in fighting imperialism.
11/01/2014 - 12:01 AM
US, global stocks get big boost from Bank of Japan
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks markets are rising around the globe after Japan's central bank surprised investors with a new round of economic stimulus.
10/31/2014 - 11:58 PM
Obama plugs policies for women before midterms
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — President Barack Obama says policies that ease financial and other burdens on women will help make the economy stronger overall.
10/31/2014 - 11:57 PM
Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week — months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later.
10/31/2014 - 11:54 PM
Woman who set off pipe bombs appears before judge
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge took a chance on a Georgia woman when he sentenced her to probation after she admitted to blowing up pipe bombs at remote locations.
10/31/2014 - 11:52 PM
Burkina Faso army general takes power
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — An army general took power in Burkina Faso Friday after President Blaise Compaore stepped down, ending his 27 year rule of the West African country.
10/31/2014 - 11:51 PM
Did you remember to set your clocks back
WASHINGTON (AP) — Most people in the United States are getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.
10/31/2014 - 11:50 PM
Euro inflation creeps up, ECB still under pressure
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Inflation crept higher in the 18 countries that use the euro in October — but the rise to an annual 0.4 percent offered little relief to the European Central Bank as it tries to boost a weak economy.
10/31/2014 - 11:49 PM
Trooper ambush suspect in court after long manhunt
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — Onlookers shouted "Are you sorry?" and "Why did you do it?" as a gaunt and battered-looking Eric Frein — the survivalist suspected in the ambush slaying of a Pennsylvania state trooper — was led from court Friday, the morning after his capture ended a grueling seven-week manhunt.
10/31/2014 - 11:49 PM
TV space for campaign ads hard to find this late
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A Democratic super PAC wanted to run a 30-second ad during a Friday evening newscast on New Hampshire's one network station — and was even willing to shell out the $10,000 that the station demanded.
10/31/2014 - 11:45 PM
Liberia opens 1 of largest Ebola treatment centers
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's president opened one of the country's largest Ebola treatment centers in Monrovia on Friday, remembering the days when "the dying, the sick, the dead who could not picked up on time" as officials hope the disease is on the decline in this West African country.
10/31/2014 - 11:41 PM
Army chief takes power after Burkina president bows to protests
By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - The head of Burkina Faso's armed forces took power on Friday after President Blaise Compaore resigned amid mass demonstrations against an attempt to extend his 27-year rule in the West African country. Compaore, who seized power in a 1987 coup, had attempted to defy popular pressure for him to step down after a day of violent protests on Thursday in which demonstrators stormed parliament and state television. ...
10/31/2014 - 11:39 PM
White House says Syria strategy working, policy on Assad clear
By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House and Pentagon sought to portray a unified stance on Syria on Friday after reports that a memo from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel criticized U.S. strategy as fuzzy on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said U.S. strategy against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was working. He denied Washington was focused on weakening the Islamic militants at the expense of its parallel goal of pushing Assad out of power. ...
10/31/2014 - 11:36 PM
Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter
By Humeyra Pamuk and Raheem Salman SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighboring Turkey. The predominantly Kurdish town, besieged for more than 40 days, has become the focus of a global war against the Sunni Muslim insurgents, who have captured expanses of Iraq and Syria and declared an Islamic "caliphate" straddling the two. ...
10/31/2014 - 11:36 PM
Rating the Nation-Best Pre-BCS Bowls
There was no BCS to make sure Nos. 1 and 2 played each other after the 1982 regular season. That left No. 1 Nebraska facing No. 4 Miami in what was expected to be a coronation for the powerful Cornhuskers.
10/31/2014 - 11:34 PM
U.S. consumer spending falters; wage gains highest since 2008
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending fell for the first time in eight months in September, but a rise in consumer sentiment to more than a seven-year high this month indicated economic growth would remain on solid ground. The economic picture also received a boost from other data on Friday showing factory activity in the Midwest accelerated sharply in October, while wages in the third quarter recorded their largest increase in more than six years. Strong wage growth has been the missing piece of the recovery puzzle. ...
10/31/2014 - 11:34 PM
Suspect in killing of South Africa national soccer captain arrested
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A suspect in the killing of the captain of South Africa's national soccer team, Senzo Meyiwa, has been arrested and made a brief court appearance, a spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority said on Friday. Spokesman Nathi Mncube said the suspect, Zanokuhle Mbatha, had appeared in the Boksburg Magistrate court east of Johannesburg and the case was postponed until Nov. 11.
10/31/2014 - 11:31 PM
West Bank clashes after Muslim prayers as Al-Aqsa mosque reopens
Clashes erupted in the West Bank Friday after weekly Muslim prayers while security forces deployed heavily around Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque which reopened following the killing of a Palestinian by police. Al-Aqsa, in the Old City, and adjacent neighbourhoods have seen months of violence, and the mosque compound has been a rallying point for Palestinian resistance to perceived Jewish attempts to take control of it. Jerusalem was relatively calm Friday a day after youths clashed with police following the shooting dead of Muataz Hijazi, a Palestinian suspected of trying to murder hardline Jewish rabbi Yehuda Glick, linked to the tensions at Al-Aqsa.
10/31/2014 - 11:22 PM
US judge restricts nurse movements in Ebola quarantine row
A US judge on Friday ordered an American nurse who treated Ebola patients in Africa to stay away from public places and maintain a three-foot distance from others. Kaci Hickox insists that she is perfectly healthy and has bitterly criticized efforts of US authorities to keep her in quarantine for 21 days, the incubation period for the virus, since returning home to Maine. In a temporary order, district judge Charles LaVerdiere barred her from public places such as shopping centers and cinemas, and ordered her to maintain a three-foot (one-meter) distance from others when walking or jogging. The order comes after Hickox and her boyfriend left their home in the town of Fort Kent in the northeastern state on Thursday to go on a bike ride in the full glare of TV cameras.
10/31/2014 - 11:22 PM
Zambia's acting president appeals for calm
LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambian security forces will not tolerate any violence or other illegal activity as the country mourns President Michael Sata, who died after a long illness, Zambia's temporary leader said Friday.
10/31/2014 - 11:14 PM
Accused Pennsylvania sniper appears in court after $10 million manhunt
By Joe McDonald MILFORD Pa. (Reuters) - A bruised and gaunt Eric Frein, captured after a seven-week manhunt and detained with the handcuffs of the Pennsylvania trooper he is accused of killing, was held without bail on Friday after facing murder charges in court. The 31-year-old survivalist, who prosecutors say will face the death penalty if convicted, was caught on Thursday after a methodical seven-week search using a grid system and hundreds of law enforcement officers. U.S. ...
10/31/2014 - 11:14 PM
Court order temporarily restricts nurse's movement
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — Maine health officials obtained a 24-hour court order restricting Kaci Hickox's movement after the nurse repeatedly defied the state's quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.
10/31/2014 - 11:13 PM
Kentucky earns No. 1 nod in AP preseason poll
The story seems to be the same every season at Kentucky: Lose star players to the NBA, replace them with another group of one-and-doners, compete for a national championship.
10/31/2014 - 11:12 PM
Car bomb kills at least 10 at bus stop in northeast Nigeria
By Isaac Abrak ABUJA (Reuters) - A car bomb killed at least 10 people at a crowded bus stop in the northeast Nigerian city of Gombe on Friday morning, emergency services said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, but Islamist group Boko Haram has been blamed for a string of bomb attacks in the region this year. People continued to flee on Friday from the northeastern town of Mubi, captured and ransacked by Boko Haram this week. Witness Godfrey Anebo told Reuters he saw emergency workers pull eight people from the wreckage in Gombe, all of whom appeared to be dead. ...
10/31/2014 - 11:03 PM
Former Gaddafi spokesman expelled from Egypt: state newspaper
CAIRO (Reuters) - The former spokesman for deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been expelled from Egypt, a state newspaper said on Friday, though the spokesman disputed the report. The website of Egypt's state newspaper al-Ahram said Egyptian authorities asked Moussa Ibrahim to leave the country at the request of the Libyan government of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni. The article included what it said was a copy of a request by the Libyan interior ministry to extradite Ibrahim. ...
10/31/2014 - 11:02 PM
Exxon defies low oil price with refining strength
NEW YORK (AP) — ExxonMobil Corp.'s refining and chemical operations rescued the company's third-quarter results amid falling global oil prices and lower oil and gas production.
10/31/2014 - 11:01 PM
New search planned for grave of Spanish poet Lorca
MADRID (AP) — Archeologists will start inspecting the land in an area in southern Spain near where the acclaimed poet Federico Garcia Lorca is believed to have been executed and buried at the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, officials said Friday.
10/31/2014 - 10:57 PM
Syria's Alawites pay heavy price as they bury sons
DWEIR SHEIKH SAAD, Syria (AP) — The posters of slain Syrian soldiers, put up by families to commemorate their sons killed in the fight against rebels, are plastered on walls throughout the coastal province of Tartous. The impromptu murals of death illustrate the price supporters of President Bashar Assad are paying to defend his rule.
10/31/2014 - 10:56 PM
Obama urges Snyder's defeat despite common ground
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — When President Barack Obama campaigns in Detroit on Saturday night, he will be urging the defeat of a Republican governor with whom he has more common ground than most and who, unlike other GOP leaders, doesn't condemn the unpopular president or his policies.
10/31/2014 - 10:54 PM
Gazprom to resume gas supply once Ukraine pays $2.2 billion
By Denis Pinchuk and Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia could resume natural gas deliveries to Ukraine as soon as next week if Kiev pays $2.2 billion in debt and pre-payments, gas exporter Gazprom said on Friday, under a deal that also safeguards winter deliveries to Europe. Moscow, Kiev and the European Union reached an agreement on Thursday over the gas supplies despite tensions over a pro-Russian separatist rebellion in east Ukraine. ...
10/31/2014 - 10:47 PM
Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group is conducting a purge, killing dozens of former policemen and soldiers living in areas of Iraq under its control, in a campaign apparently aimed at preventing any uprising against its extremist rule.
10/31/2014 - 10:45 PM
Wal-Mart ups ante on holiday shopping
NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy.
10/31/2014 - 10:42 PM
South Africa's Harmony halts Kusasalethu operation to remove illegal miners
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Harmony Gold has halted production at its Kusasalethu mine for two weeks in a bid to remove illegal miners who have been trespassing into the operation and are believed to be starting fires, the company said on Friday. "No production will occur during this period and employees will be sent on leave," Harmony said in a statement.
10/31/2014 - 10:41 PM
Colossal crowds expected to crush Giants parade
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police say up to 2 million Giants fans could turn out to cheer the World Series champions in a downtown San Francisco parade featuring double-decker buses carrying the players and floats of the Golden Gate Bridge.
10/31/2014 - 10:38 PM
Bank of Japan expands monetary easing plan as economy slows
The Bank of Japan ramped up its vast monetary easing programme Friday -- sending the yen plunging and stocks soaring -- in a surprise move aimed at reviving growth just as the Federal Reserve winds down its own stimulus spree. Speaking after the central bank wrapped up its latest policy meeting, BoJ chief Haruhiko Kuroda said the fresh measures were crucial to keeping Japan on track in its war on deflation, and hinted more policy moves could follow. "The Japanese economy is now at a critical moment in the process of getting out of deflation," he told reporters in Tokyo, adding that the BoJ would "not hesitate" to pull the trigger on more easing if necessary. The BoJ also slashed its economic growth forecast by half, and trimmed consumer price expectations as a much-touted inflation target looked increasingly out of reach while Tokyo's bid to kickstart the economy stalls.
10/31/2014 - 10:34 PM
Mourinho confirms Costa will face QPR
Jose Mourinho said Friday that star striker Diego Costa would return for Premier League leaders Chelsea's all-London clash at home to strugglers Queens Park Rangers on Saturday. "It is good for us," Mourinho told a news conference at Chelsea's training ground in Cobham, south-west of London. Costa has missed Chelsea’s last four matches after returning from international duty with hamstring and groin problems after appearing in all but eight minutes of Spain’s back to back fixtures with Slovakia and Luxemburg.
10/31/2014 - 10:31 PM
US consumer spending down 0.2 percent in September
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer cut spending in September for the first time in eight months, as incomes grew at the slowest pace this year. The figures underscore nagging economic soft spots that are expected to ease in the coming months.
10/31/2014 - 10:13 PM
Burkina Faso military chief says he has taken over as head of state
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's armed forces chief General Honore Traore said on Friday that he had taken charge of the West African state after former President Blaise Compaore resigned. (Reporting by Mathieu Bonkoungou; Writing by David Lewis)
10/31/2014 - 10:10 PM
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