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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 11:30 AM

NATO says service member has died in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- NATO says one of its service members has died in eastern Afghanistan from a non-battle-related injury.... 10/31/2014 11:20 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 investment returns and meet its obligations to a swelling number of retirees.... 10/31/2014 11:13 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 11:12 AM

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 11:11 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 10:57 AM

Protesters gather again in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Anti-government protesters began gathering in Burkina Faso's capital again Friday, a day after their violent demonstrations pushed the country's longtime president to agree to relinquish power next year.... 10/31/2014 10:45 AM

Eurozone inflation creeps up to 0.4 percent
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Inflation crept higher in the 18 countries that use the euro in October - but the rise to an annual 0.4 percent offered little relief to the European Central Bank as it tries to boost a weak economy.... 10/31/2014 10:41 AM

Official: Man slashes 3 schoolchildren in China
BEIJING (AP) -- A man in southeastern China slashed a first-grader to death and severely injured two others Friday in the country's latest violent attack on children.... 10/31/2014 10:40 AM

WHO issues new guidance on Ebola protective gear
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. health agency is updating its guidelines for health workers dealing with the deadly Ebola virus, recommending tougher measures such as doubling up on gloves and making sure the mouth, nose and eyes are better protected from contaminated droplets and fluids.... 10/31/2014 10:37 AM

Greek police clear apartment used by rebel monks
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- Dozens of Greek police took part in an operation Friday to clear an apartment used as a hostel by a rebel monastery whose monks have been declared schismatic by the Orthodox Church.... 10/31/2014 10:33 AM

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 bribe-taking, in the country's largest cash seizure ever, a senior prosecutor said Friday.... 10/31/2014 10:33 AM

Bombs at marketplaces near Baghdad kill 9 people
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say bombs have struck marketplaces near Baghdad, killing at least nine people.... 10/31/2014 10:21 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 10:17 AM

Switzerland: IS suspects arrested over attack plan
GENEVA (AP) -- Prosecutors say three people suspected of supporting the Islamic State group and thought to have been planning an attack in Europe were arrested in Switzerland earlier this year.... 10/31/2014 10:17 AM

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

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

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

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

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