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Burkina Faso president declares state of emergency
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Burkina Faso's leader of nearly three decades declared a state of emergency Thursday, hours after protesters who oppose his bid for another term stormed the parliament and set part of it on fire, marking the greatest threat to his rule since he himself seized power in a coup.... 10/30/2014 6:35 PM

Norway to send training troops to Iraq
HELSINKI (AP) -- Norway's prime minister says her country will send 120 soldiers this year to join the international campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and help train local troops there. Another 75 Norwegian soldiers will go to Afghanistan next year.... 10/30/2014 6:15 PM

South Africans mourn sport deaths
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African officials on Thursday called for a strict new gun law as a tribute to a soccer star who was shot and killed earlier this week.... 10/30/2014 6:11 PM

Ebola: Danger in Sierra Leone, progress in Liberia
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while the crisis in Sierra Leone is going to get worse, the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said.... 10/30/2014 6:09 PM

Family of held Egypt activists on hunger strike
CAIRO (AP) -- The mother and sister of two jailed pro-democracy Egyptian activists are on hunger strike to press demands for their release and show solidarity with other activists detained for breaking a draconian law on street protests.... 10/30/2014 6:07 PM

New UN envoy on Syria briefs Security Council
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The outspoken new U.N. envoy on Syria said Thursday he is pursuing an "action plan" that involves freezing the conflict in certain areas, possibly starting with Aleppo, to allow for humanitarian aid and local steps of a political process toward wider peace.... 10/30/2014 6:02 PM

Israel recalls ambassador to Sweden
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, and Israel swiftly reacted by withdrawing its ambassador from Stockholm in protest.... 10/30/2014 5:53 PM

Vatican: Tourists harming Sistine Chapel frescoes
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican says the Sistine Chapel's precious frescoes are starting to turn white from the air pollution caused by so many visitors passing through each day.... 10/30/2014 5:51 PM

9 Niger security forces killed in militant attacks
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) -- Niger's military says nine security forces have been killed in three simultaneous attacks in the country near the border with Mali.... 10/30/2014 5:46 PM

Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Islamic State group wanted to send a warning against anyone who might plot against its rule.... 10/30/2014 5:44 PM

Central Europe, Britain oppose Ukraine rebel vote
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) -- The foreign ministers of four Central European countries and Britain have condemned a plan by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine to hold local elections.... 10/30/2014 5:38 PM

NATO vigilant amid spike in Russian flights
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- NATO is increasing its readiness and air policing following a spike in Russian air force activity in Eastern Europe, the alliance's new chief said Thursday.... 10/30/2014 5:19 PM

Israel to reopen Jerusalem holy site
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli authorities say they have decided to reopen a key Jerusalem holy site for Muslim worshippers on Friday.... 10/30/2014 5:14 PM

EU holds largest-ever cyber-security exercise
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The European Union on Thursday carried out its biggest exercise to prevent cyber-attacks on Europe's public utilities and communications networks.... 10/30/2014 5:06 PM

Malala donates prize money to rebuild Gaza school
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The U.N. agency that assists Palestinian refugees says Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has donated $50,000 to rebuild a U.N. school in Gaza damaged during this summer's Israel-Hamas war.... 10/30/2014 4:55 PM

Film tells horrifying tale behind Louvre painting
PARIS (AP) -- It's one of the most viewed works in the Louvre, yet few visitors know the horrifying real-life story behind "The Raft of the Medusa."... 10/30/2014 4:52 PM

Spain OKs 'Google Tax' demanded by news publishers
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's parliament has approved new intellectual property laws that allow news publishers to charge aggregators each time they display news content in search results.... 10/30/2014 4:27 PM

Bodies of 5 men found inside car in Brazil slum
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian police have found the bodies of five men inside a car abandoned in one of the slums of Rio de Janeiro. At least one body was decapitated.... 10/30/2014 4:08 PM

US condemns renewed violence in South Sudan
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The United States on Thursday condemned a recent outbreak of violence around an oil-rich town in South Sudan, as experts predicted a return to mass violence in the coming weeks.... 10/30/2014 3:37 PM

N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported in the reclusive country, or anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter.... 10/30/2014 3:15 PM