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RBS sets aside $639 million for currency probe
LONDON (AP) -- Royal Bank of Scotland, which is majority-owned by the U.K. government, has set aside 400 million pounds ($639 million) to cover potential fines arising from international investigations into alleged manipulation of foreign currency trading.... 10/31/2014 9:44 AM

Japan stocks soar 5 percent, yen falls on stimulus
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Japan's stock benchmark surged 5 percent to the highest level since late 2007 and the yen slid against the dollar Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced new stimulus to boost a flagging economy. Expectations Japan's $1.1 trillion public pension fund would boost its equity holdings gave a further boost to the market.... 10/31/2014 9:40 AM

Heavy security as Israel reopens Jerusalem site
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has reopened a contested Jerusalem holy site and deployed hundreds of security personnel amid rising tensions in the city.... 10/31/2014 9:39 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 9:33 AM

Hungary suspends Internet tax after huge protests
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungary's prime minister says the government will suspend a planned tax on Internet use and reconsider the matter next year.... 10/31/2014 9:32 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 its investment returns.... 10/31/2014 9:31 AM

Myanmar hosts talks with Suu Kyi to show progress
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's president hosted talks Friday that brought together opposition leader and the nation's military chief for the first time, a meeting that appeared timed to showcase the Southeast Asian nation's ongoing reforms ahead of a regional summit that will be attended by President Barack Obama in less than two weeks.... 10/31/2014 9:30 AM

Chinese official allegedly hides $33M in bribes
BEIJING (AP) -- Investigators in China say they have found more than 200 million yuan ($33 million) in cash at the home of an official suspected of taking bribes, in the country's largest cash seizure ever.... 10/31/2014 9:29 AM

Hong Kong protesters: Images of determination
HONG KONG (AP) -- On the evening of Sept. 28, Hong Kong police struggling to hold back thousands of democracy protesters unleashed dozens of rounds of tear gas in a failed attempt to disperse them. When the smoke cleared, Hong Kong had changed. Many young people who previously were indifferent to politics say they experienced an awakening.... 10/31/2014 9:17 AM

After 40 years, a look at Hello Kitty's success
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 9:13 AM

Romania to vote for new leader; corruption ignored
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanians go to the polls Sunday to elect a new leader as President Traian Basescu steps down after 10 years. Prime Minister Victor Ponta is favored to win over challengers who include a city mayor and a glamorous lawyer. Here's a look at this Balkan nation's vote:... 10/31/2014 9:08 AM

Sony's quarterly loss balloons on mobile woes
TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's losses ballooned to 136 billion yen ($1.2 billion) last quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's troubled mobile phone division reported huge red ink.... 10/31/2014 8:46 AM

Greek police clear apartment used by rebel monks
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- Dozens of Greek police have taken part in an operation to clear an apartment used as the headquarters of a rebel monastery whose monks have been declared schismatic by the Orthodox Church.... 10/31/2014 8:32 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 7:49 AM

Shelters fill up after deadly Sri Lanka mudslide
KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lankan authorities are warning of more landslides at a tea plantation where a deadly torrent of mud swept away scores of homes this week, residents said Friday.... 10/31/2014 7:37 AM

Captured: manhunt ends for trooper ambush suspect
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa (AP) -- They searched for him in impenetrable woods and forbidding caves, in schools and vacation homes and even in a roadside clothing donation bin, all the while hoping that ambush suspect Eric Frein wouldn't take a potshot at them from some unseen, distant perch.... 10/31/2014 7:34 AM

Mexico police questioned in killing of 3 Americans
MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) -- Authorities are investigating a possible police connection to the killing of three U.S. citizens visiting their father in Mexico who were found shot to death along with a Mexican friend more than two weeks after going missing.... 10/31/2014 7:34 AM

2 boys sue govt, Malaysia Airlines over Flight 370
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Two Malaysian children sued Malaysia Airlines and the government on Friday over the loss of their father on Flight 370, the first lawsuit filed in the country by relatives of those aboard the jetliner that mysteriously disappeared eight months ago.... 10/31/2014 7:26 AM

Afghan leader references Taliban at Beijing
BEIJING (AP) -- Afghanistan's new president invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community on Friday, an unusual direct reference to the insurgents who have stepped up attacks in an attempt to bring down his month-old government.... 10/31/2014 7:10 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 the brutal knife attack that killed 31 people earlier this year outside a railway station in the southern city of Kunming.... 10/31/2014 6:48 AM