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Turkish president questions focus on Kobani
PARIS (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the international community is focusing too much on the battle over Kobani and is calling for strikes in other parts of Syria.... 10/31/2014 3:00 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 2:57 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 2:55 PM

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.... 10/31/2014 2:50 PM

Hello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and cool
TOKYO (AP) -- When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty.... 10/31/2014 2:50 PM

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 2:49 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 2:45 PM

North Korean Ebola policies hit tourism businesses
BEIJING (AP) -- North Korea's quarantine of arriving foreigners to prevent Ebola has not disrupted business with the nation's largest trading partner, Chinese businesspeople say, although a tourist ban has hurt travel agencies that run tours to the reclusive country.... 10/31/2014 2:44 PM

Zambia's acting president appeals for calm
LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) -- Zambia's temporary leader says security forces will not tolerate any violence or other illegal activity as the country mourns President Michael Sata, who died after a long illness.... 10/31/2014 2:43 PM

Burkina Faso leader steps down, vote in 90 days
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- President Blaise Compaore stepped down Friday after 27 years in power following a wave of protests against his rule.... 10/31/2014 2:34 PM

Thai prime minister, an ex-general, is millionaire
BANGKOK (AP) -- Asset disclosures by members of Thailand's military-dominated post-coup Cabinet reveal they are quite well-off, a trait shared with the civilian politicians they accused of corruption.... 10/31/2014 2:05 PM

Peshmerga fighters leave Kobani to return later
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- The 10 peshmerga fighters from Iraq who entered the embattled northern Syrian town of Kobani one day earlier returned to Turkey Friday to prepare for their forces' full deployment, a Kurdish official in Kobani said.... 10/31/2014 1:52 PM

UK Treasury chief set to pay off World War I bonds
LONDON (AP) -- Britain is repaying some of the 2 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) it still owes investors who helped finance World War I.... 10/31/2014 1:46 PM

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 1:44 PM

Fire causes evacuation of French state radio
PARIS (AP) -- A fire at the Paris headquarters of French state radio is sending columns of thick black smoke out of more than a dozen windows.... 10/31/2014 1:36 PM

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 1:22 PM

Chinese official allegedly hides $33M in bribes
BEIJING (AP) -- Investigators in China have found more than 200 million yuan ($33 million) in cash at the home of an energy official accused of receiving bribes, in the country's largest cash seizure ever, a senior prosecutor said Friday.... 10/31/2014 1:14 PM

Spain seeks to halt informal Catalan breakup vote
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's government is asking the country's Constitutional Court to block plans by the powerful northeastern region of Catalonia to hold an informal independence poll Nov. 9.... 10/31/2014 1:10 PM

Pirate Bay founder jailed for hacking Danish data
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A Danish court on Friday sentenced the Swedish founder of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay to 3 1/2 years in prison after he was found guilty of hacking into a private company handling sensitive information for Danish authorities.... 10/31/2014 1:04 PM

UN: Growing number of foreigners in terror groups
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A new United Nations report says the world is facing a challenge of foreign fighters in terror groups on an "unprecedented scale," with about 15,000 in Syria and Iraq alone.... 10/31/2014 1:02 PM