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  • AP-GfK Poll: Disapproval, doubt dominate on Ebola

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:28:10 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans have at least some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country but generally disapprove of the way President Barack Obama and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have handled the crisis so far.

  • White House fence jumper charged with assault

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:19:32 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats, the Secret Service said Thursday.

  • 'Outsourcing' changes Georgia race in closing days

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:04:09 GMT

    NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn has spent the past month hammering away at Republican David Perdue's career as a business executive, making his role in outsourcing jobs a hallmark of her campaign for U.S. Senate.

  • Mom of Canada suspect: I cry for victims, not son

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:56:37 GMT

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial then storming Parliament before being shot dead says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.

  • Image of Asia: Climbing for democracy in Hong Kong

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:48:26 GMT

    In this photo by Kin Cheung, a hiker looks at the yellow banner reading "I want genuine universal suffrage" in Chinese and "Umbrella Movement" in English hanging from the face of Lion Rock mountain in Hong Kong. Democracy activists hung the banner on the mountain in support of the protest movement in which thousands of demonstrators have camped out on the streets of the southern Chinese financial center for nearly a month to press their demands for greater democracy.

  • Threat to break isolation in Liberia over food

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:47:04 GMT

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of isolation because they have no food, the West African nation's state radio reported Thursday.

  • Cyprus: crews locate small plane wreckage, bodies

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:34:28 GMT

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The bodies of two people have been found near wreckage belonging to a small aircraft that vanished over the Mediterranean Sea while en route to Beirut from Cyprus, the defense minister said Thursday.

  • US: IS earns $1M per day in black market oil sales

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:28:04 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department says Islamic State militants are earning about $1 million a day just from black market oil sales.

  • Tunisia militant shootouts kill 2 people

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:26:59 GMT

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Three days before a national election in Tunisia, police clashed with suspected militants in two areas of the country on Thursday and at least two people were killed.

  • French moving troops toward Libyan border

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:23:23 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — A top French military official says the country is moving troops toward the Libyan border within weeks and, along with U.S. intelligence, is monitoring al-Qaida arms shipments to Africa's Sahel region.

  • China punishes 17 officials for village clash

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:09:25 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Local authorities have punished 17 officials in southwest China after one of the most violent land conflicts in recent years left eight people dead, state media reported Thursday.

  • For teen with passport, Syria trip can be seamless

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:09:00 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — The teenage sisters told their father they were staying home sick from their suburban Denver school. Instead, they took $2,000 and their passports and headed off for Syria with a 16-year-old friend. They made it as far as Germany before border guards detained them for questioning.

  • China's ruling party plans on improving judiciary

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:08:15 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party announced steps Thursday to improve judicial independence and check political interference in the courts in hopes to boost legal justice and alleviate social tensions. Yet, observers say it has failed to produce meaningful legal checks on the ruling party itself.

  • US: IS earns $1M a month in black market oil sales

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:04:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Islamic State militants are amassing wealth at an unprecedented pace, earning about $1 million a month from black market oil sales alone, a Treasury Department official said Thursday.

  • Activists: Syria airstrikes toll over 500

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:02:03 GMT

    MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Syria have killed more than 500 people, mainly Islamic militants, since they began last month, activists said Thursday, as fighting flared in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani.

  • NK experts: US must apologize to free detainees

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:59:38 GMT

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The United States government must make a formal apology to secure the freedom of two Americans who remain imprisoned in North Korea after the release this week of Jeffrey Fowle, North Korean legal experts said Thursday.

  • EU leaders seek more Ebola funding at summit

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:53:41 GMT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday came up with another 24.4 million euros ($31 million) to fight Ebola, as the bloc's leaders pressed to create a 1 billion-euro ($1.26 billion) fund to fight the deadly virus.

  • AP Interview: Russia's Navalny vows to fight Putin

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:40:03 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's most prominent opposition leader is in bare feet, dressed in blue jeans and a checkered shirt, as he opens the door to his apartment in a drab Soviet-era block.

  • Girls' journey renews fears of terror recruiting

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:14:28 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — The case of three teenage girls who possibly tried to join Islamic State militants poses vexing questions for U.S. officials about terror groups' use of social media to recruit people inside the United States.

  • Albania, Kosovo officials visit rival Serbia

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:08:03 GMT

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Kosovo foreign minister traveled to Serbia on Thursday for the first time since Kosovo declared independence in 2008. Enver Hoxhaj described the visit as a historic event and a sign of improving ties.

  • US jobless aid applications rise to 283,000

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:04:31 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week after falling to a 14-year low the previous week. Despite the increase, weekly applications remain at historically low levels that suggest hiring is gaining steam.