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Bombs at marketplaces near Baghdad kill 15 people
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of bomb attacks struck marketplaces near Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 15 people, Iraqi officials said as security forces recaptured parts of a strategic Sunni oil town north of the capital from Islamic State militants.... 10/31/2014 12:18 PM

Syria's Alawites pay heavy price as they bury sons
DWEIR SHEIKH SAAD, Syria (AP) -- The posters announcing the deaths of Syrian soldiers are plastered on walls throughout the coastal province of Tartous, forming impromptu murals of death that illustrate the price supporters of President Bashar Assad are paying to defend his rule.... 10/31/2014 12:04 PM

Russia central bank in surprisingly big rate hike
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's central bank has raised its main interest rate by more than anticipated as it tries to stem the ruble's fall.... 10/31/2014 12:00 PM

Eurozone inflation creeps up to 0.4 percent
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 11:58 AM

Court upholds death verdicts in slashing attack
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese court on Friday upheld the death sentences of three men convicted of organizing a brutal knife attack that killed 31 people earlier this year outside a railway station in the southern city of Kunming.... 10/31/2014 11:51 AM

Heavy security as Israel reopens Jerusalem site
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel reopened a contested Jerusalem holy site on Friday and deployed more than 1,000 security personnel following clashes the previous day between Palestinians and Israeli riot police that had ratcheted up already heightened tensions in the city.... 10/31/2014 11:50 AM

Liberia opens 1 of largest Ebola treatment centers
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia has opened one of its largest Ebola treatment centers yet in Monrovia, bracing for a new wave of infections even as officials express hope the disease is on the decline.... 10/31/2014 11:47 AM

Hungary suspends Internet tax after huge protests
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Following large-scale protests, Hungary's prime minister said Friday that the government would suspend a planned tax on Internet use and reconsider the matter next year.... 10/31/2014 11:43 AM

Germany's main Jewish leader steps down
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's main Jewish leader, who in 2010 became the first person born after the Holocaust to take the job, says he's stepping down.... 10/31/2014 11:42 AM

Afghan leader makes rare reference to Taliban
BEIJING (AP) -- Afghanistan's new president invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community on Friday, in an unusual direct reference to the insurgents who have stepped up attacks aimed at bringing down his month-old government.... 10/31/2014 11:40 AM

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.... 10/31/2014 11:33 AM

Russia: Natural gas will flow after Ukraine pays
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia will resume shipping natural gas to Ukraine after Kiev pays off its first debt installment for past supplies of gas next week, officials said Friday.... 10/31/2014 11:30 AM

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.... 10/31/2014 11:20 AM

Japan's huge pension fund to boost share purchases
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's $1.1 trillion public pension fund on Friday approved a plan to double its holdings of shares and cut back sharply on bonds to help improve investment returns and meet its obligations to a swelling number of retirees.... 10/31/2014 11:13 AM

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 11:12 AM

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.... 10/31/2014 11:11 AM

Japan expands stimulus to spur recovery
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's central bank expanded its asset purchases in a surprise move Friday to shore up sagging growth in the world's No. 3 economy.... 10/31/2014 10:57 AM

Protesters gather again in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Anti-government protesters began gathering in Burkina Faso's capital again Friday, a day after their violent demonstrations pushed the country's longtime president to agree to relinquish power next year.... 10/31/2014 10:45 AM

Official: Man slashes 3 schoolchildren in China
BEIJING (AP) -- A man in southeastern China slashed a first-grader to death and severely injured two others Friday in the country's latest violent attack on children.... 10/31/2014 10:40 AM

WHO issues new guidance on Ebola protective gear
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. health agency is updating its guidelines for health workers dealing with the deadly Ebola virus, recommending tougher measures such as doubling up on gloves and making sure the mouth, nose and eyes are better protected from contaminated droplets and fluids.... 10/31/2014 10:37 AM