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Italy phases out sea rescues to save migrants
ROME (AP) -- Italy is insisting that lives won't be sacrificed as it ends its costly Mediterranean Sea rescue operation and shifts over to a less ambitious joint patrol with the European Union.... 10/31/2014 4:48 PM

South Africa: Suspect arrested in soccer killing
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A suspect has been charged with the murder of Senzo Meyiwa, South Africa's national soccer team captain, authorities said Friday.... 10/31/2014 4:47 PM

New search planned for grave of Spanish poet Lorca
MADRID (AP) -- Archeologists will start inspecting land 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, officials said Friday.... 10/31/2014 4:45 PM

12 men trapped in Colombia coal mine collapse
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A collapse deep in a coal mine trapped 12 workers in Colombia and officials said Friday that any rescue will be difficult.... 10/31/2014 4:43 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 4:29 PM

Coal miners stuck in the middle of Ukraine's war
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Glistening black sweat rolls down the spine of a beefy miner as he jackhammers bedrock along the shaft at the Chelyuskintsev coal mine in Donetsk, Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland.... 10/31/2014 4:05 PM

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 4:02 PM

EU confirms North Korea invite for rights visit
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A European Union official on Friday confirmed that North Korea has invited the EU's special representative for human rights to visit the country.... 10/31/2014 4:02 PM

Uganda-North Korea ties grow amid democracy doubts
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda gave a state banquet late Thursday in honor of North Korea's ceremonial head of state, praising Pyongyang for what he said was its prominent role in fighting imperialism.... 10/31/2014 4:01 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 3:57 PM

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 3:54 PM

US ambassador says she's monitoring for Ebola
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, newly returned from a visit to the West African countries worst hit by Ebola, said Friday she is self-monitoring for the virus like anyone else.... 10/31/2014 3:52 PM

Burkina Faso army general takes power
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- An army general took power in Burkina Faso Friday after President Blaise Compaore stepped down, ending his 27 year rule of the West African country.... 10/31/2014 3:51 PM

Euro inflation creeps up, ECB still under pressure
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 3:49 PM

Liberia opens 1 of largest Ebola treatment centers
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia's president opened one of the country's largest Ebola treatment centers in Monrovia on Friday, remembering the days when "the dying, the sick, the dead who could not picked up on time" as officials hope the disease is on the decline in this West African country.... 10/31/2014 3:41 PM

Zambia's acting president appeals for calm
LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) -- Zambian security forces will not tolerate any violence or other illegal activity as the country mourns President Michael Sata, who died after a long illness, Zambia's temporary leader said Friday.... 10/31/2014 3:14 PM

Remains recovered from Ukraine plane disaster site
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Dutch prime minister says investigators have recovered an unspecified number of human remains from the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down.... 10/31/2014 3:06 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 3:04 PM

Turkish president questions focus on Kobani
PARIS (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the international community is focusing too much on the battle over Kobani and is calling for strikes in other parts of Syria.... 10/31/2014 3:00 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. The impromptu murals of death illustrate the price supporters of President Bashar Assad are paying to defend his rule.... 10/31/2014 2:55 PM