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Canada restricts visas amid Ebola scare
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada has joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away.... 11/1/2014 12:52 AM

Colombians jailed in Venezuela for $15 grocery run
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A $15 grocery run has cost two single mothers from Colombia 48 days in jail, along with the threat of a 14-year prison sentence, as a result of a crackdown on smuggling in Venezuela that is ratcheting up tensions and highlighting growing economic distortions between the neighbors.... 11/1/2014 12:50 AM

Ecuador top court endorses re-election for Correa
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Ecuador's top court has endorsed and sent to the National Assembly a constitutional reform package that would allow indefinite re-election for President Rafael Correa.... 11/1/2014 12:26 AM

Cyclists kidnapped, ransomed near Mexico City
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Seven cyclists and an assistant who were kidnapped while on a training ride in the mountainous outskirts of the Mexican capital were released hours later after a ransom was paid, authorities said Friday.... 11/1/2014 12:01 AM

UN resolution urges Myanmar to drop identity plan
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A new U.N. draft resolution takes aim at Myanmar's aggressive campaign to have its Rohingya Muslims identify as a term they reject, urging "access to full citizenship on an equal basis."... 10/31/2014 11:32 PM

UN expresses 'deep outrage' at Islamic State group
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council is expressing its "deep outrage" at the killings, kidnapping, rapes and torture by the Islamic State group in Iraq.... 10/31/2014 11:29 PM

Protests push Burkina Faso president from power
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending the 27-year reign of one of Africa's longest-serving rulers.... 10/31/2014 10:52 PM

Mexico police questioned in killing of 3 Americans
MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) -- Authorities were investigating on Friday 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 10:24 PM

Peshmerga fighters enter Syrian border
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- Iraqi peshmerga fighters began entering the Syrian border town of Kobani Friday night where they were expected to join the battle against Islamist militants besieging the town, activists said.... 10/31/2014 9:10 PM

Suspected ETA member arrested in Germany
BERLIN (AP) -- Authorities in Germany say they have arrested a suspected member of the Basque separatist group ETA who has been on the run since 2004.... 10/31/2014 9:06 PM

Yemen's Shiite rebels give president ultimatum
ADEN, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's Shiite rebels, who are in control of the capital, gave the president 10 days starting from Friday to form a government, hinting at a takeover attempt if their demands are not met.... 10/31/2014 8:32 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 8:29 PM

Analysis: In Syria, no good options for West
UNDATED (AP) -- With the U.S.-led assault on the Islamic State group, the world community is acting in Syria, but not in the Syrian civil war. When it comes to the issue that has undermined the region - the survival or fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad - there is still no plan.... 10/31/2014 8:21 PM

South Africa: Suspect arrested in soccer killing
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A suspect has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of Senzo Meyiwa, South Africa's national soccer team captain, authorities said Friday.... 10/31/2014 8:14 PM

Liberia opens 1 of largest Ebola treatment centers
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Remembering those who have died in the world's deadliest Ebola outbreak, Liberia's president opened one of the country's largest Ebola treatment centers in Monrovia on Friday amid hopes that the disease is finally on the decline in this West African country.... 10/31/2014 7:48 PM

Chicago Marathon champion Jeptoo fails doping test
STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) -- Leading female marathoner Rita Jeptoo of Kenya failed a doping test a few weeks before winning her second consecutive Chicago Marathon, her agent and national federation said Friday.... 10/31/2014 7:35 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 7:30 PM

Bank of Japan redoubles efforts to revive economy
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's central bank surprised the financial world and pleased investors Friday by intensifying its purchases of government bonds and other assets to try to revive a chronically anemic economy.... 10/31/2014 7:20 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 7:09 PM

Canadian gets life sentence in Mounties shootings
MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) -- A man convicted of fatally shooting three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and wounding two others was given Canada's harshest prison sentence in more than 50 years.... 10/31/2014 7:09 PM