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N. Korea says it has invited EU rights official

N. Korea says it has invited EU rights official

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea on Thursday said it has invited European Union's top human rights official to visit the country, but it thre…

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US and Australia drop sanctions against Fiji

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The U.S. and Australia have removed sanctions against Fiji following democratic elections last month in the Sou…

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Japan inflation slips, unemployment up in Sept.

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economic recovery remained in the doldrums in September, as inflation edged lower and unemployment ticked up.

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Survey: Asia finds money brings happiness

Survey: Asia finds money brings happiness

SINGAPORE (AP) — Emerging Asian nations are finding out what developed ones did years ago: Money — and the stuff it buys — brings happiness, o…

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Burkina Faso president won't resign after protests

Burkina Faso president won't resign after protests

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's longtime leader refused to resign Thursday in the face of violent protests that posed the grea…

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Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian gas supply

Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian gas supply

BRUSSELS (AP) — Moscow and Kiev on Thursday clinched a multi-billion dollar deal that will guarantee that Russian gas exports flow into Ukrain…

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N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola

N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners entering the country for 21 days over fears of the …

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Sri Lanka says no hope finding mudslide survivors

Sri Lanka says no hope finding mudslide survivors

KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Hundreds of desperate Sri Lankan villagers dug with bare hands through the broken red earth of a deadly landslide T…

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French town bans clown disguises after assaults

PARIS (AP) — A small town outside Montpellier in southern France has banned people from disguising themselves as clowns from the streets — esp…

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US, UN condemn renewed violence in South Sudan

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States and United Nations on Thursday condemned a recent outbreak of violence around an oil-rich town in Sout…

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Big gain in Visa drives Dow average higher

Big gain in Visa drives Dow average higher

NEW YORK (AP) — Solid quarterly results from a range of big companies helped send the stock market slightly higher Thursday. The standout was …

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Vatican admits Sistine Chapel frescoes 'whitened'

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican revealed a closely kept secret Thursday: The Sistine Chapel's precious frescoes were starting to turn white fr…

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Small Iraqi peshmerga force enters Syrian town

Small Iraqi peshmerga force enters Syrian town

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — A vanguard force of Iraqi peshmerga troops entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey on Thursday, pa…

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Israel closes Jerusalem holy site after shooting

Israel closes Jerusalem holy site after shooting

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel closed all access to Jerusalem's most sensitive religious site on Thursday, a rare move that ratcheted up already heig…

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Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, prompting a strong protest f…

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Clothing with bodies matches missing Texans'

Clothing with bodies matches missing Texans'

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Clothing found with four slain bodies near the border city of Matamoros appears to match that of three siblings from …

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Wanted in US, Roman Polanski questioned in Poland

Wanted in US, Roman Polanski questioned in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Prosecutors in Poland questioned filmmaker Roman Polanski on Thursday at the request of U.S. prosecutors who are seeking…

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Norway to send training troops to Iraq

HELSINKI (AP) — Norway's prime minister says her country will send 120 soldiers this year to join the international campaign against Islamic S…

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South Africans mourn sport deaths

South Africans mourn sport deaths

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African officials on Thursday called for a strict new gun law as a tribute to a soccer star who was shot and killed …

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Ebola: Danger in Sierra Leone, progress in Liberia

Ebola: Danger in Sierra Leone, progress in Liberia

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while the crisis in Sierra Leone is going to ge…

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