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Puerto Rico government looks to raise tax on oil
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico government officials said Thursday they are seeking a 68 percent increase in an oil tax to help sell up to $2.9 billion in bonds and strengthen one of the island's largest public corporations amid bankruptcy concerns.... 10/30/2014 11:13 PM

Mexican governor confirms 3 US siblings found dead
MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) -- Three U.S. citizens missing for more than two weeks have been found dead in Mexico near the border city of Matamoros, and authorities are questioning a local police unit about possible involvement, the attorney general in northern Tamaulipas state said Thursday.... 10/30/2014 11:12 PM

Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian gas supply
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Moscow and Kiev on Thursday clinched a multi-billion dollar deal that will guarantee that Russian gas exports flow into Ukraine and beyond to the European Union throughout the winter despite their intense rivalry over the fighting in eastern Ukraine.... 10/30/2014 11:34 PM

N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners entering the country for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter.... 10/30/2014 10:52 PM

Burkina Faso parliament dissolved after protests
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Burkina Faso's leader faced the greatest threat to his rule in nearly three decades Thursday, prompting a state of emergency and the dissolution of parliament after violent protests erupted over a proposal to prolong his time in power.... 10/30/2014 10:51 PM

Argentina OKs law aimed at luring oil investment
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's Congress has passed an energy law aimed at luring foreign investment into its promising shale oil and gas.... 10/30/2014 10:46 PM

Mexico Supreme Court rejects energy referendum
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a bid to hold a national referendum on a major energy overhaul that opened the sector to widespread private investment for the first time in 76 years.... 10/30/2014 10:18 PM

Senior US diplomat seeks end to impasse in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The United States sent a senior diplomat to Haiti on Thursday to help resolve a political impasse blocking long-overdue legislative and local elections in the Caribbean country.... 10/30/2014 10:00 PM

Israel closes Jerusalem holy site after shooting
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel closed all access to Jerusalem's most sensitive religious site on Thursday, a rare move that ratcheted up already heightened tensions following the attempted assassination of a prominent Jewish religious activist and the killing of his suspected Palestinian assailant by police.... 10/30/2014 9:52 PM

Costa Rica volcano spews ash, prompts evacuations
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- The Turrialba volcano's largest eruption in over a century rained ash over parts of central Costa Rica and prompted the evacuation of some nearby communities, authorities said Thursday.... 10/30/2014 9:39 PM

Cali cartel boss' daughter charged with extortion
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Authorities in Colombia have jailed the daughter of one of the world's most famous drug lords on extortion charges after she allegedly threatened a businessman who owns a farm that she says once belonged to her father.... 10/30/2014 9:36 PM

Sri Lanka says no hope finding mudslide survivors
KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Hundreds of desperate Sri Lankan villagers dug with bare hands through the broken red earth of a deadly landslide Thursday, defying police orders after a top disaster official said there was no chance of finding more survivors at the high-elevation tea plantation.... 10/30/2014 9:10 PM

French town bans clown disguises after assaults
PARIS (AP) -- A small town outside Montpellier in southern France has banned people from disguising themselves as clowns from the streets - especially on Halloween.... 10/30/2014 9:01 PM

US, UN condemn renewed violence in South Sudan
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The United States and United Nations 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 8:45 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 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 8:04 PM

Vatican admits Sistine Chapel frescoes 'whitened'
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican revealed a closely kept secret Thursday: The Sistine Chapel's precious frescoes were starting to turn white from the air pollution caused by so many visitors passing through each day to marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece.... 10/30/2014 8:02 PM

Small Iraqi peshmerga force enters Syrian town
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- A vanguard force of Iraqi peshmerga troops entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey on Thursday, part of a larger group of 150 fighters that the Kurds hope will turn back an offensive by militants of the Islamic State group.... 10/30/2014 7:55 PM

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, prompting a strong protest from Israel, which swiftly withdrew its ambassador from Stockholm.... 10/30/2014 7:39 PM

Wanted in US, Roman Polanski questioned in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Prosecutors in Poland questioned filmmaker Roman Polanski on Thursday at the request of U.S. prosecutors who are seeking his arrest on charges from 1977 of having sex with a minor.... 10/30/2014 7:05 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