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Burkina Faso leader steps down, vote in 90 days
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Burkina Faso's leader of 27 years says he has stepped down following a wave of violent protests to his bid to seek a fifth term in power.... 10/31/2014 1:33 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

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 1:19 PM

Captured: manhunt ends for trooper ambush suspect
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa (AP) -- They searched for him in impenetrable woods and forbidding caves, in schools and vacation homes and even in a roadside clothing donation bin, all the while hoping that ambush suspect Eric Frein wouldn't take a potshot at them from some unseen, distant perch.... 10/31/2014 1:17 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

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 12:57 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

Global stocks get big boost from Bank of Japan
LONDON (AP) -- Global stocks spiked sharply higher Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced a fresh stimulus to boost the country's flagging economy.... 10/31/2014 12:49 PM

Peshmerga fighters leave Kobani to return later
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- A Kurdish official in the Syrian border town of Kobani says the 10 peshmerga fighters from Iraq who entered the embattled town the day before have returned to Turkey to prepare for their forces' full deployment.... 10/31/2014 12:43 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

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 11:58 AM

Court upholds death verdicts in slashing attack
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese court on Friday upheld the death sentences of three men convicted of organizing a brutal knife attack that killed 31 people earlier this year outside a railway station in the southern city of Kunming.... 10/31/2014 11:51 AM

Liberia opens 1 of largest Ebola treatment centers
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia has opened one of its largest Ebola treatment centers yet in Monrovia, bracing for a new wave of infections even as officials express hope the disease is on the decline.... 10/31/2014 11:47 AM