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South Africans mourn sport deaths
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Singing hymns and blowing vuvuzelas, South African sporting fans on Thursday paid final respects to three sporting figures who died within three days of each other.... 10/30/2014 11:58 AM

Wanted in US, Roman Polanski questioned in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Prosecutors in Poland have questioned filmmaker Roman Polanski at the request of U.S. prosecutors who are seeking his extradition on charges from 1977 of having sex with a minor.... 10/30/2014 11:51 AM

Peshmerga troops start entering Syrian border town
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered a northern Syrian border town, crossing over from Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops on their way into the embattled Kobani, activists said.... 10/30/2014 11:49 AM

Stocks mixed after Fed ends stimulus
HONG KONG (AP) -- Stock markets mostly rose in Asia but fell in Europe on Thursday after the Federal Reserve said it will end a stimulus program that was as massive as it was controversial. The dollar strengthened after the U.S. central bank hinted at an eventual interest rate hike.... 10/30/2014 11:48 AM

Amid murder case, Philippines says US pact stays
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A security pact that allows thousands of American troops to join large-scale combat exercises in the Philippines is "imperfect" but Manila is unlikely to amend it, the country's top diplomat said Thursday.... 10/30/2014 11:41 AM

Shell: oil drop yet to have full impact on profits
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Shell, Europe's largest oil producer, reported a dip in third quarter profit on Thursday, but said it has yet to feel the full impact of the recent slide in oil prices.... 10/30/2014 11:41 AM

Ukraine-Russia gas talks deadlocked in Brussels
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Talks to guarantee that Russian gas imports flow into rival Ukraine throughout the winter appeared to be an impasse Thursday because of doubts over payments from Kiev.... 10/30/2014 11:32 AM

Volkswagen Q3 profits jump 56 percent
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Automaker Volkswagen AG says that net profit jumped 56 percent in the third quarter as the company sees continuing sales growth in China and Europe.... 10/30/2014 11:31 AM

UN chief criticizes female genital mutilation
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is lauding the British newspaper The Guardian for its work to raise awareness about female genital mutilation.... 10/30/2014 11:31 AM

Israeli police kill suspected Palestinian shooter
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police on Thursday shot and killed a Palestinian man suspected of trying to kill a hard-line Jewish activist in Jerusalem, an incident that quickly sparked clashes between masked stone throwers and Israeli riot police, threatening to further enflame the already high tensions in the city.... 10/30/2014 11:19 AM

Malala donates prize money to rebuild Gaza school
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The U.N. agency that assists Palestinian refugees says Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has donated $50,000 to rebuild a U.N. school in Gaza damaged during this summer's Israel-Hamas war.... 10/30/2014 11:15 AM

UK court says Libyan can sue over rendition
LONDON (AP) -- A British court says a former Libyan military commander can sue the U.K. government for its alleged role in his detention and rendition.... 10/30/2014 11:09 AM

Reporter's family urges Iran to release him
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The family of an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post who has been jailed in Iran since July is urging authorities to release him, saying on Thursday that his continued incarceration without charge is a "farce."... 10/30/2014 11:02 AM

Brutal winter set to hit war-torn eastern Ukraine
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Dark tunnels in the basement of a bombed-out hospital in the eastern city of Donetsk lead to a makeshift shelter. Opening the door hardly alleviates the gloom, for the only lighting inside is the flicker of handmade oil lamps.... 10/30/2014 11:00 AM

German 'Autobahn sniper' sentenced to 10 1/2 years
BERLIN (AP) -- A court in Germany has sentenced a trucker to 10 1/2 years in prison for shooting at fellow drivers more than 700 times over a five-year period.... 10/30/2014 10:58 AM

Zambian president dies after long illness
LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) -- Zambian President Michael Sata, dubbed "King Cobra" for his sharp-tongued remarks, has died in a London hospital after a long illness. Vice President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, became the country's acting president Wednesday, making him the first white leader in continental sub-Saharan Africa since 1994 when South Africa moved to majority rule.... 10/30/2014 10:53 AM

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Sweden's new government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state at a time of increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.... 10/30/2014 10:49 AM

SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- Syrian activists: First group of Kurdish peshmerga fighters has entered Kobani from Turkey.... 10/30/2014 10:42 AM

N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Japan is not exactly Ebola country, but when a high-level delegation from Tokyo arrived in Pyongyang this week, two of the first people they met were dressed in full hazmat gear.... 10/30/2014 10:39 AM

UK opens National Sperm Bank amid donor shortage
LONDON (AP) -- Britain opened a National Sperm Bank on Thursday to help meet rising demand for donors.... 10/30/2014 10:36 AM