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Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter

By Humeyra Pamuk and Raheem Salman SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighboring Turkey. The predominantly Kurdish town, besieged for more than 40 days, has become the focus of a global war against the

Army chief takes power after Burkina president bows to protests

By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - The head of Burkina Faso's armed forces took power on Friday after President Blaise Compaore resigned amid mass protests against an attempt to extend his 27-year rule. Compaore, a taciturn former soldier in office since a 1987 military coup, had sought to defy popular pressure for him to step down after a day of violent unrest on Thurs

Muslim men over 50 pray at Jerusalem's Aqsa mosque amid tight security

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Muslim men over 50 prayed at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday amid intense security, a day after Israel closed all access to the sacred compound for the first time in more than a decade following violence on the streets. More than 1,000 Israeli police were deployed around the Old City's cobbled streets and the ancient gates that lead to al Aqs

Europe won't recognize vote in eastern Ukraine, Merkel tells Putin

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday. Merkel and Putin held a joint telephone conversation with French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenk

Kerry, Iran's foreign minister, EU's Ashton to discuss nuclear issue November 9-10

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Iran's foreign minister and the European Union foreign policy chief in Oman on Nov. 9-10 to discuss the Iranian nuclear issue, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. Kerry's talks in Muscat, Oman with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif and the EU's Catherine Ashton are due to take place two weeks before a Nov. 24 deadli

Accused in Canada dismemberment trial had troubled childhood, his father says

By Allison Lampert MONTREAL (Reuters) - The Canadian man who killed and dismembered a Chinese student in 2012 was raised by a domineering mother who would get drunk on vodka and was obsessed with germs, the man's father testified on Friday, while describing himself as an alcoholic schizophrenic. Luka Magnotta, 32, has admitted killing and dismembering engineering student Jun Lin, 33, and to vide

Kurdish official blames Turkey for peshmerga delay

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — The 10 peshmerga fighters from Iraq who entered the embattled northern Syrian town of Kobani one day earlier returned to Turkey Friday to prepare for their forces' full deployment, and a senior Kurdish official blamed Ankara for the delay.

Hello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and cool

TOKYO (AP) — When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty.

Kurdish peshmerga convoy heads towards Kobani to battle Islamic State

SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces in Turkey headed on Friday towards the Syrian border where they were expected to help push back Islamic State insurgents encircling the mainly Kurdish border town of Kobani, a Reuters witness said. Peshmerga fighters in more than a dozen trucks and jeeps set off with armored vehicles from a holding point around 8 km (5 miles) from

One dead, one injured in Virgin spaceship crash: police

Los Angeles (AFP) - One pilot was killed and another seriously injured when a Virgin Galactic spaceship crashed in the desert Friday, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.

Protests push Burkina Faso president from power

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending the 27-year reign of one of Africa's longest-serving rulers who had survived previous attempts to topple him.

Zombies take over London for Halloween

London (AFP) - In a dark alley in northwest London, a small group of people desperately searched for water. But it was too late -- the zombies spotted them, and they ran for their lives.

Kristin Scott Thomas to play UK queen onstage

LONDON (AP) — Kristin Scott Thomas is about to don Helen Mirren's tiara.

Yemen's Shiite rebels give president ultimatum

ADEN, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels, who are in control of the capital, gave the president 10 days starting from Friday to form a government, hinting at a takeover attempt if their demands are not met.

Witness: Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

MOJAVE, California (AP) — A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded after taking off on a test flight in Southern California's Mojave Desert, a witness said Friday.

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.

Top Asian News at 7:00 p.m. GMT

KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities warned of more landslides at a tea plantation where a deadly torrent of mud swept away scores of homes this week, but residents said Friday there was no room left at the shelters and no alternative housing for them to move to. They also asked people in six other districts in the country's central hills to be on alert for possible mudslides.

Second head of UK child sex abuse inquiry quits

London (AFP) - The second person appointed to lead a wide-ranging British inquiry into historic allegations of child sex abuse, including by politicians, stepped down on Friday following criticism over her links to the establishment.

UN: Growing number of foreigners in terror groups

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new United Nations report says the world faces a challenge of foreign fighters in terror groups on an "unprecedented scale," with about 15,000 in Syria and Iraq alone.

Raonic downs Federer at Paris Masters

PARIS (AP) — Milos Raonic perfectly timed his maiden win over Roger Federer.

California authorities: 1 fatality, 1 major injury after Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo accident

MOJAVE, California (AP) — California authorities: 1 fatality, 1 major injury after Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo accident.

Liberia opens 1 of largest Ebola treatment centers

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Remembering those who have died in the world's deadliest Ebola outbreak, Liberia's president opened one of the country's largest Ebola treatment centers in Monrovia on Friday amid hopes that the disease is finally on the decline in this West African country.

Colombians jailed in Venezuela for $15 grocery run

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A $15 grocery run has cost two single mothers from Colombia 48 days in jail — and the threat of a 14 year prison sentence — as a result of a crackdown on smuggling in Venezuela that's ratcheting up tensions and highlighting growing economic distortions between the neighbors.

Fire causes evacuation of French state radio

PARIS (AP) — A fire at the Paris headquarters of French state radio forced radio stations housed inside to interrupt broadcasts, as columns of black smoke spilled out of windows.

Suarez Navarro beats Pironkova, advances to semis

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Carla Suarez Navarro advanced to the semifinals of the season-ending Tournament of Champions by beating Tsvetana Pironkova 7-6 (2), 6-1 on Friday.

Italy PM picks Paolo Gentiloni as new foreign minister in surprise choice

ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Matteo Renzi appointed Paolo Gentiloni, a close ally and former communications minister, to be Italy's new foreign minister on Friday, in a surprise decision. Gentiloni, who was sworn in on Friday night by President Giorgio Napolitano, replaces Federica Mogherini, who left the foreign ministry this week to become the EU's new top diplomat. As foreign minister, Gen

Wall Street caps a wild month with a rally

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is capping a seesaw month by jumping to all-time highs just two weeks after enduring its worst slump since 2012.

Top Asian News at 6:30 p.m. GMT

KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities warned of more landslides at a tea plantation where a deadly torrent of mud swept away scores of homes this week, but residents said Friday there was no room left at the shelters and no alternative housing for them to move to. They also asked people in six other districts in the country's central hills to be on alert for possible mudslides.

Italy phases out sea rescues to save migrants

ROME (AP) — Italy insisted Friday that lives won't be sacrificed as it ended its costly Mediterranean Sea rescue operation and shifted over to a less ambitious joint patrol with the European Union.

Daimler takes 25 pct stake in Italy's MV Agusta

BERLIN (AP) — Daimler says it is taking a 25-percent stake in Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta for an undisclosed amount.


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