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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 2:17 PM

New search may locate 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.... 10/31/2014 2:15 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

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. He said elections for a new leader will be held in 90 days.... 10/31/2014 1:52 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

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 1:50 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

North Korean Ebola policies hit tourism businesses
BEIJING (AP) -- North Korea's quarantine of 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 1:03 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

2 missing after blaze at UK fireworks warehouse
LONDON (AP) -- British police say two people are missing after a blaze at a fireworks warehouse that sent plumes of black smoke and explosions into the sky.... 10/31/2014 12:56 PM

Russia central bank in surprisingly big rate hike
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's central bank on Friday raised its main interest rate more than anticipated in its latest attempt to shore up the plummeting national currency.... 10/31/2014 12:51 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, forming impromptu murals of death that illustrate the price supporters of President Bashar Assad are paying to defend his rule.... 10/31/2014 12:31 PM

Switzerland: IS suspects arrested over attack plan
GENEVA (AP) -- 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, prosecutors said Friday.... 10/31/2014 12:30 PM

Bombs at marketplaces near Baghdad kill 15 people
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of bomb attacks struck marketplaces near Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 15 people, Iraqi officials said as security forces recaptured parts of a strategic Sunni oil town north of the capital from Islamic State militants.... 10/31/2014 12:18 PM