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  • Niger says insurgents kill nine members of security forces

    31 Oct 2014 at 2:37am
    NIAMEY (Reuters) - At least nine members of Niger's security forces were killed in attacks by unidentified insurgents on Thursday in the western Tillabry region near the border with Mali, the government said. "Terrorist elements carried out simul...
     
  • West Africa's ECOWAS warns against Burkina coup, calls for talks

    31 Oct 2014 at 2:36am
    DAKAR (Reuters) - West African regional bloc ECOWAS said on Thursday that it would not accept any party seizing power through non-constitutional means during Burkina Faso's political crisis. The warning came as military officials and opposition le...
     
  • Fighting likely to surge in South Sudan as rainy season ends - report

    31 Oct 2014 at 2:36am
    By Alex Whiting LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The end of the rainy season is imminent and warring parties in South Sudan's civil war are preparing for major offensives likely to cause fresh displacement and hunger, the think-tank Internati...
     
  • Burkina president rejects opposition calls to step down after violence

    31 Oct 2014 at 2:35am
    By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore said on Thursday he would stay in power at the head of a transitional government until after elections, rejecting opposition calls for him to ste...
     
  • Crowds, cuteness overwhelm first Hello Kitty Con

    31 Oct 2014 at 2:20am
    Hello Kitty fans pose for photos in a giant tea cup at the Hello Kitty Con, the first-ever Hello Kitty fan convention, held at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Los Angeles. The convention was held to honor the character's 40th birthday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Hello Kitty cuteness is taking over Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles as the city hosts the first Hello Kitty fan convention.
     
  • Sandoval, Shields among 121 free agents

    31 Oct 2014 at 2:18am
    San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy hands the championship trophy to Pablo Sandoval as they celebrate after Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Giants won 3-2 to win the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)NEW YORK (AP) ? Baseball's business season began Thursday when 121 players became free agents, a group that includes Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
     
  • AP Interview: Dissident forced to leave Vietnam

    31 Oct 2014 at 2:14am
    Nguyen Van Hai, one of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents, speaks to the Associated Press on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in Los Angeles after being released from prison and flown to the United States. Hai, who is known as Dieu Cay, was serving a 12-year prison term on charges of spreading "propaganda against the state" through his blogging and citizen media activities. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? One of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents said he was asked to sign a form seeking a pardon for spreading "propaganda against the state" before his release from prison last week, then forced onto a U.S.-bound flight with just t...
     
  • Japan stocks soar 5 percent, yen falls on stimulus

    31 Oct 2014 at 2:06am
    FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, a Wall Street address is carved in the side of a building in New York. U.S. stocks are drifting in early trading Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, as a parade of big companies turn in quarterly results. A strong gain for Visa pulled the Dow Jones industrial average higher. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? Japan's stock index surged 5 percent and the yen slid against the dollar Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced new stimulus to boost a flagging economic recovery.
     
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