REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) ? The past few years have been stormy for Iceland, a country threatened by volcanoes and brought low by bankers. Now, Icelanders are thinking of putting their trust in pirates.
NEW YORK (AP) ? Say hello to Jennifer Lopez in NBC's forthcoming "Bye Bye Birdie."
Zimbabwe's dam levels have fallen to 42 percent following a devastating drought that has left millions in need of food aid and local councils rationing water, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Friday. An El Nino weather pattern, which ended in May, triggered drought conditions across the southern African region that hit the staple, maize, and other crops and dented economic growth. Mnangagwa said the last time Zimbabwe experienced such a severe drought was in 1992, adding that the biggest dam in the south of the country was only 9 percent full.
LONDON (AP) ? Uber drivers in Britain should get paid vacation days and guaranteed minimum wage, a tribunal said Friday in a ruling that the company will appeal.
BERLIN (AP) ? The Islamic State group appears to be using tens of thousands of civilians in and around Mosul as "human shields," the United Nations' human rights office said Friday.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) ? Yemen's Shiite rebels and their allies fired a ballistic missile deep into Saudi Arabia, an overnight strike that they said on Friday had targeted an international airport while the kingdom claimed that it flew toward the holy Muslim city of Mecca.
US economic growth accelerated to a 2.9 percent annual rate in the third quarter, boosted by a big jump in exports and solid consumer spending, the Commerce Department reported Friday. In this initial estimate of gross domestic product, the Commerce Department also credited personal consumption for the positive result. "These data likely overstate growth significantly," Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics said.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) ? A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison for hacking into the email and online accounts of several female celebrities and stealing private information, including nude photos and videos.
By Joe Bavier ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara hopes Sunday's referendum on a new constitution will finally turn the page on years of crisis and bloodshed. Most of his audience were Gbagbo supporters whose refusal to accept Ouattara's 2010 election win sparked a war that killed over 3,000.
Illinois Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has raised his Democratic rival's immigrant background and mocked her family's history of military service, saying he had forgotten the congresswoman's "parents ...
By Ed Cropley JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa and Burundi's decision to quit the International Criminal Court (ICC) and an attack by Gambia against its supposed 'Caucasian' justice are likely to embolden other African states to leave the world's only permanent war crimes tribunal. With South Africa - a continental heavyweight and key backer of the ICC in the late 1990s - making clear it could no longer tolerate the court's denial of immunity to sitting leaders, the departure gates have been flung open. All eyes are now on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, the ICC's chief tormentor who made history in 2013 by becoming the first sitting head of state to appear before the court, on charges of crimes against humanity.
Six months into a deepening drought, the weather is killing crops, threatening cattle and sinking lakes to their lowest levels in years across much of the South. The very worst conditions ? what forecasters ...
DETROIT (AP) ? Volkswagen took a big step toward recovering from its emissions-cheating scandal by introducing a new seven-passenger SUV.
LONDON (AP) ? Britain's former leader, Tony Blair, says the nation's voters should be given another chance to weigh in on whether the U.K. should leave the European Union.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Trump campaign on Friday downplayed federal filings showing Hillary Clinton with an $85 million cash advantage in the final stretch of the campaign.
Low crude prices and weak refining margins weighed on third-quarter profits at US oil giants ExxonMobil and Chevron in reports Friday, but earnings rose compared with the prior two quarters. The results were the latest sign of pain for the industry in the wake of a two-year slump in oil prices, with ExxonMobil notching a 37.5 percent decline in profits to $2.7 billion and Chevron disclosing a 36.8 percent fall to $1.3 billion. At the same time, the third-quarter marked progress over the first half of 2016, especially at Chevron, which had reported losses in the two previous reporting periods.
The U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in two years in the third quarter as a surge in exports and a rebound in inventory investment offset a slowdown in consumer spending. Despite the moderation in consumer spending, the third-quarter rise in growth could help dispel any lingering fears the economy was at risk of stalling. "This shows that the U.S. is roughly on track.
DETROIT (AP) ? The largest auto dealership chain in the U.S. is expanding into stand-alone used car sales centers and will even sell its own automotive replacement parts.
TOKYO (AP) ? The Japanese comedian behind the viral hit "PPAP" is astonished by the global success of his "pen-pineapple-apple-pen" song.
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Exxon's profit keeps shrinking because of lower oil prices, and the company is responding by sharply cutting investment in future production. Exxon Mobil Corp. said Friday that third-quarter income fell ...
By Ellen Francis and Angus McDowall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels including jihadists began a counter-attack against the army and its allies on Friday aiming to break a weeks-long siege on eastern Aleppo, insurgents said. The assault, employing heavy shelling and suicide car bombs, was mainly focused on the city's western edge by rebels based outside Aleppo. It included Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, a former affiliate of al Qaeda previously known as the Nusra Front, and groups fighting under the Free Syrian Army (FSA) banner.
DETROIT (AP) ? BMW is recalling more than 154,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix a wiring problem that can cause engines to stall.
The U.S. economy grew at a 2.9 percent rate in the July-September quarter, the strongest pace in two years, as the battered export sector rebounded and businesses finally began restocking their shelves ...
BRUSSELS (AP) ? Belgium-based beer maker Anheuser-Busch InBev has scaled down its revenue forecast for this year following poor results in Brazil.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Wages and benefits paid to U.S. civilian workers grew at a steady pace in the third quarter.
US economy grew at 2.9 percent rate in Q3, strongest in 2 years, helped by export rebound.
BALTIMORE (AP) ? New charges have been brought against two Oakland Raiders fans from New York accused of seriously beating a 55-year-old Maryland man during a Baltimore Ravens football game.
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QAYARA AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) ? The Islamic State group appears to be using tens of thousands of people as "human shields" in and around Mosul, where Iraqi forces are waging a large-scale offensive aimed at retaking the country's second largest city, the U.N. human rights office said Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) ? The agency that runs New York's LaGuardia Airport says two runways have been reopened after Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence's campaign plane slid off a runway during a rainstorm.
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Islamic State forces in Iraq have abducted tens of thousands of men, women and children from areas around Mosul and are using them as "human shields" in the city as Iraqi government troops advance, the U.N. human rights office said on Friday. The hardline Sunni militants, known as ISIL, killed at least 232 people on Wednesday, including 190 former Iraqi troops and 42 civilians who refused to obey their orders, U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said. "Credible reports suggest that ISIL has been forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes in sub-districts around Mosul and have forcibly relocated numbers of civilians inside the city itself since the operation began on the 17th of October to restore Iraqi government control over Mosul," Shamdasani told a briefing.
By Amanda Ferguson BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's High Court on Friday rejected an attempt to block Britain's exit from the European Union, saying that neither the province's parliament nor laws could override a decision by the British government. Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the ruling, with a spokesman saying it would allow the British government "to proceed to trigger Article 50 as planned".
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NEW YORK (AP) ? Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence's campaign plane slid off a runway during a rainstorm at New York's LaGuardia Airport late Thursday, tearing up concrete before coming to rest on a patch of grass.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? Six months into Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, she met with a group of Black Lives Matter activists in Washington to make her case and seek their support.
TOKYO (AP) ? Global stock markets were steady and the dollar made further gains Friday ahead of a report on U.S. economic growth in July-September.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ? The Tennessee Titans head into the second half of the season believing they're right in the playoff mix now that they've already exceeded their win total from last year.
Syrian opposition fighters on Friday launched a major assault on government forces to break a months-long siege of rebel-held neighbourhoods of the battered city of Aleppo. Rebel groups including the powerful Ahrar al-Sham faction and former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front fired waves of rockets into government-held western Aleppo, killing at least 15 civilians, a monitor said. The rebels also targeted government positions east of Aleppo city and in the coastal province of Latakia, including the Hmeimim military base that is used by Russian forces allied with the regime.