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  • Judge enforces Ebola isolation of defiant Maine nurse
  • By Joel Page FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) - A judge on Friday ordered an American nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone for the disease to obey a state-imposed quarantine after she defied Maine officials and went for a bike ride. The temporary order from Charles LaVerdiere, chief judge of the Maine District Court, turned up the heat in the confrontation over the quarantine between the New England state's officials and nurse Kaci Hickox. ...

  • Libyan army says recaptures four barracks in Benghazi
  • By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI (Reuters) - Libya's army special forces have seized back four barracks from armed Islamist groups in the eastern city of Benghazi, a commander said on Friday, after two weeks of heavy fighting which has killed at least 210 people. The army, backed by forces of a former general and other fighters, have waged an offensive against Islamist groups in Libya's second-largest city - part of the chaos gripping the oil producer three years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. ...

  • Coal miners stuck in the middle of Ukraine's war
  • In this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, miner Vitaly Khristich uses a jackhammer at the Chelyuskintsev coal mine in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Khristich is one of hundreds of miners who each day brave the artillery fire that flares between pro-Russian separatist rebels and Ukrainian troops and go down - deep, deep down - into the local mines. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) ? Glistening black sweat rolls down the spine of a beefy miner as he jackhammers bedrock along the shaft at the Chelyuskintsev coal mine in Donetsk, Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland.



  • Congo crowd kills man, eats him after militant massacres: witnesses
  • BENI Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - A crowd stoned to death a young man in northeast Congo on Friday before burning and eating his corpse, witnesses said, in apparent revenge for a series of attacks by Ugandan rebels. The incident in the town of Beni followed a number of overnight raids in the area blamed on the Islamist group ADF-NAUL, who are thought to have massacred more than 100 people this month, using hatchets and machetes to kill their victims. ...

  • Uganda-North Korea ties grow amid democracy doubts
  • In this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, North Korea?s ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam, foreground-left, the head of North Korea?s parliament, is escorted into Uganda's parliament by its Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, center, Commissioner Rosemary Seninde, center-right, and Uganda's Foreign Affairs Minister Asuman Kiyingi, right, in Kampala, Uganda. Kim Yong Nam is visiting Uganda as part of a rare tour of Africa, where North Korea has actively tried to find allies like the long-serving Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who gave a state dinner late Thursday in honor of Kim Yong Nam and commended the Pyongyang government as a symbol of the fight against what he called Western Imperialism. (AP Photo)KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) ? President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda gave a state banquet late Thursday in honor of North Korea's ceremonial head of state, praising Pyongyang for what he said was its prominent role in fighting imperialism.



  • US, global stocks get big boost from Bank of Japan
  • Specialist Michael Pistillo, left, works with traders at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening higher following big gains in Asia after Japan made moves to rev up its economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) ? Stocks markets are rising around the globe after Japan's central bank surprised investors with a new round of economic stimulus.



  • Obama plugs policies for women before midterms
  • President Barack Obama speaks about the economy after participating in a roundtable discussion with working parents, small business owners, students and faculty, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at Rhode Island College in Providence, R.I. Obama wants women to know what his administration is doing to help them succeed. Four days before midterm elections in which Obama's fellow Democrats need a big turnout from female voters, Obama spoke in Rhode Island on growth in the U.S. economy and administration policies directed at women. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) ? President Barack Obama says policies that ease financial and other burdens on women will help make the economy stronger overall.



  • Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis
  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 file photo, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission, speaks at United Nations headquarters in New York. The head of Africa?s continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week - months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)JOHANNESBURG (AP) ? The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week ? months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later.



  • Woman who set off pipe bombs appears before judge
  • GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) ? A federal judge took a chance on a Georgia woman when he sentenced her to probation after she admitted to blowing up pipe bombs at remote locations.

  • Burkina Faso army general takes power
  • OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) ? An army general took power in Burkina Faso Friday after President Blaise Compaore stepped down, ending his 27 year rule of the West African country.

  • Did you remember to set your clocks back
  • WASHINGTON (AP) ? Most people in the United States are getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.

  • Euro inflation creeps up, ECB still under pressure
  • FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) ? Inflation crept higher in the 18 countries that use the euro in October ? but the rise to an annual 0.4 percent offered little relief to the European Central Bank as it tries to boost a weak economy.

  • Trooper ambush suspect in court after long manhunt
  • MILFORD, Pa. (AP) ? Onlookers shouted "Are you sorry?" and "Why did you do it?" as a gaunt and battered-looking Eric Frein ? the survivalist suspected in the ambush slaying of a Pennsylvania state trooper ? was led from court Friday, the morning after his capture ended a grueling seven-week manhunt.

  • TV space for campaign ads hard to find this late
  • FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2014 file photo, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, right, and her Republican challenger, Scott Brown talk during a live televised debate hosted by New England Cable News, the Concord Monitor, and the University of New Hampshire at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, N.H. New Hampshire?s Senate race, which includes media markets in Maine and Massachusetts _ is seeing, on average, a three-fold increase in spending on political advertising, but prime ad time is far more saturated. (AP Photo/Concord Monitor, Geoff Forester, Pool)MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) ? A Democratic super PAC wanted to run a 30-second ad during a Friday evening newscast on New Hampshire's one network station ? and was even willing to shell out the $10,000 that the station demanded.



  • Liberia opens 1 of largest Ebola treatment centers
  • In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, aid is offloaded to be used in the fight of the Ebola virus, as it arrives by air from America at the airport in Conakry, Guinea. No African countries are on the United Nations list of contributors to fight the Ebola epidemic, and angry legislators from Sierra Leone and Liberia got up to protest at a session on peace and security at the Pan-African Parliament in South Africa last "They said as far as they are concerned, nobody wants to talk about Ebola," said Jeggan Grey-Johnson, a governance expert. (AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) ? Liberia's president opened one of the country's largest Ebola treatment centers in Monrovia on Friday, remembering the days when "the dying, the sick, the dead who could not picked up on time" as officials hope the disease is on the decline in this West African country.



  • Army chief takes power after Burkina president bows to protests
  • An anti-government protester films events with his cell phone outside the parliament building in OuagadougouBy 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 demonstrations against an attempt to extend his 27-year rule in the West African country. Compaore, who seized power in a 1987 coup, had attempted to defy popular pressure for him to step down after a day of violent protests on Thursday in which demonstrators stormed parliament and state television. ...



  • White House says Syria strategy working, policy on Assad clear
  • By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House and Pentagon sought to portray a unified stance on Syria on Friday after reports that a memo from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel criticized U.S. strategy as fuzzy on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said U.S. strategy against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was working. He denied Washington was focused on weakening the Islamic militants at the expense of its parallel goal of pushing Assad out of power. ...

  • Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter
  • An explosion following an air-strike is seen in the Syrian town of Kobani during heavy fightingBy 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 Sunni Muslim insurgents, who have captured expanses of Iraq and Syria and declared an Islamic "caliphate" straddling the two. ...



  • Rating the Nation-Best Pre-BCS Bowls
  • FILE - In this Jan. 3, 1984, file photo, Nebraska's Turner Gill can?t seem to find his receiver as Miami?s defensive tackle Kevin Fagan, right, hits him for a loss of 10 yards during the Orange Bowl Classic in Miami where the ?Hurricanes defeated the ?Cornhuskers? 31-30. Miami sealed the upset and its first national championship by breaking up a pass on a 2-point conversion after Nebraska scored with 48 seconds left. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)There was no BCS to make sure Nos. 1 and 2 played each other after the 1982 regular season. That left No. 1 Nebraska facing No. 4 Miami in what was expected to be a coronation for the powerful Cornhuskers.



  • U.S. consumer spending falters; wage gains highest since 2008
  • Woman eats ice cream as she looks at the display in the window of a Gold Standard jewellery store in New YorkBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending fell for the first time in eight months in September, but a rise in consumer sentiment to more than a seven-year high this month indicated economic growth would remain on solid ground. The economic picture also received a boost from other data on Friday showing factory activity in the Midwest accelerated sharply in October, while wages in the third quarter recorded their largest increase in more than six years. Strong wage growth has been the missing piece of the recovery puzzle. ...



  • Suspect in killing of South Africa national soccer captain arrested
  • File picture of South African goalkeepers Meyiwa and Khune look on at the end of their international friendly soccer match against Spain in JohannesburgJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A suspect in the killing of the captain of South Africa's national soccer team, Senzo Meyiwa, has been arrested and made a brief court appearance, a spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority said on Friday. Spokesman Nathi Mncube said the suspect, Zanokuhle Mbatha, had appeared in the Boksburg Magistrate court east of Johannesburg and the case was postponed until Nov. 11.



  • West Bank clashes after Muslim prayers as Al-Aqsa mosque reopens
  • Israeli soldiers stand near the Western Wall at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on October 30, 2014Clashes erupted in the West Bank Friday after weekly Muslim prayers while security forces deployed heavily around Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque which reopened following the killing of a Palestinian by police. Al-Aqsa, in the Old City, and adjacent neighbourhoods have seen months of violence, and the mosque compound has been a rallying point for Palestinian resistance to perceived Jewish attempts to take control of it. Jerusalem was relatively calm Friday a day after youths clashed with police following the shooting dead of Muataz Hijazi, a Palestinian suspected of trying to murder hardline Jewish rabbi Yehuda Glick, linked to the tensions at Al-Aqsa.



  • US judge restricts nurse movements in Ebola quarantine row
  • Registered nurses at the University of California Medical Center hold protest what they say is inadequate Ebola preparedness at UC medical centers, on October 28, 2014 in San FranciscoA US judge on Friday ordered an American nurse who treated Ebola patients in Africa to stay away from public places and maintain a three-foot distance from others. Kaci Hickox insists that she is perfectly healthy and has bitterly criticized efforts of US authorities to keep her in quarantine for 21 days, the incubation period for the virus, since returning home to Maine. In a temporary order, district judge Charles LaVerdiere barred her from public places such as shopping centers and cinemas, and ordered her to maintain a three-foot (one-meter) distance from others when walking or jogging. The order comes after Hickox and her boyfriend left their home in the town of Fort Kent in the northeastern state on Thursday to go on a bike ride in the full glare of TV cameras.



  • Zambia's acting president appeals for calm
  • Acting Zambian president Guy Scott, second from right, watches over as eductaion minister John Phiri, foreground, signs a book of condolences in Lusaka, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Scott has taken over as acting president after President Michael Sata, in framed photo left, passed away in a London hospital last Sunday night. Sata's body will be returned to Lusaka, Saturday, with a state funeral planed for Nov. 11, 2014. (AP PhotoMoses Mwape)LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) ? Zambian security forces will not tolerate any violence or other illegal activity as the country mourns President Michael Sata, who died after a long illness, Zambia's temporary leader said Friday.



  • Accused Pennsylvania sniper appears in court after $10 million manhunt
  • By Joe McDonald MILFORD Pa. (Reuters) - A bruised and gaunt Eric Frein, captured after a seven-week manhunt and detained with the handcuffs of the Pennsylvania trooper he is accused of killing, was held without bail on Friday after facing murder charges in court. The 31-year-old survivalist, who prosecutors say will face the death penalty if convicted, was caught on Thursday after a methodical seven-week search using a grid system and hundreds of law enforcement officers. U.S. ...

  • Court order temporarily restricts nurse's movement
  • FORT KENT, Maine (AP) ? Maine health officials obtained a 24-hour court order restricting Kaci Hickox's movement after the nurse repeatedly defied the state's quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.

  • Kentucky earns No. 1 nod in AP preseason poll
  • FILE - In this March 27, 2014, file photo, Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (23) shoots over San Diego State forward Winston Shepard (13) during the first half in a regional semifinal of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Anaheim, Calif. Arizona lost two key contributors from that team: Guard and leader Nick Johnson, and athletic freshman forward Aaron Gordon. And yet, the Wildcats are considered on the short list of favorites to win this season's national title. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)The story seems to be the same every season at Kentucky: Lose star players to the NBA, replace them with another group of one-and-doners, compete for a national championship.



  • Car bomb kills at least 10 at bus stop in northeast Nigeria
  • By Isaac Abrak ABUJA (Reuters) - A car bomb killed at least 10 people at a crowded bus stop in the northeast Nigerian city of Gombe on Friday morning, emergency services said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, but Islamist group Boko Haram has been blamed for a string of bomb attacks in the region this year. People continued to flee on Friday from the northeastern town of Mubi, captured and ransacked by Boko Haram this week. Witness Godfrey Anebo told Reuters he saw emergency workers pull eight people from the wreckage in Gombe, all of whom appeared to be dead. ...

  • Former Gaddafi spokesman expelled from Egypt: state newspaper
  • Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim speaks to the media during a news conference in TripoliCAIRO (Reuters) - The former spokesman for deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been expelled from Egypt, a state newspaper said on Friday, though the spokesman disputed the report. The website of Egypt's state newspaper al-Ahram said Egyptian authorities asked Moussa Ibrahim to leave the country at the request of the Libyan government of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni. The article included what it said was a copy of a request by the Libyan interior ministry to extradite Ibrahim. ...



  • Exxon defies low oil price with refining strength
  • FILE - This July 27, 2011 file photo shows an Exxon sign at an Exxon gas station in Carnegie, Pa. Exxon Mobil reports quarterly financial results on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? ExxonMobil Corp.'s refining and chemical operations rescued the company's third-quarter results amid falling global oil prices and lower oil and gas production.



  • New search planned for grave of Spanish poet Lorca
  • MADRID (AP) ? Archeologists will start inspecting the land in an area in southern Spain near where the acclaimed poet Federico Garcia Lorca is believed to have been executed and buried at the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, officials said Friday.

  • Syria's Alawites pay heavy price as they bury sons
  • posters of slain Syrian soldiers and a poster of Syrian President Bashar AssadDWEIR SHEIKH SAAD, Syria (AP) ? The posters of slain Syrian soldiers, put up by families to commemorate their sons killed in the fight against rebels, are plastered on walls throughout the coastal province of Tartous. The impromptu murals of death illustrate the price supporters of President Bashar Assad are paying to defend his rule.



  • Obama urges Snyder's defeat despite common ground
  • FILE- In a Dec. 10, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, right, is greeted by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder as they arrive at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Mich. When Obama campaigns in Detroit on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, he will be urging the defeat of Snyder, a Republican governor, with whom he has more common ground than most and who, unlike other GOP leaders, doesn?t openly condemn the president or his policies. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)LANSING, Mich. (AP) ? When President Barack Obama campaigns in Detroit on Saturday night, he will be urging the defeat of a Republican governor with whom he has more common ground than most and who, unlike other GOP leaders, doesn't condemn the unpopular president or his policies.



  • Gazprom to resume gas supply once Ukraine pays $2.2 billion
  • Russian Energy Minister Novak shakes hands with Ukraine's Energy Minister Prodan after gas talks at the EU Commission headquarters in BrusselsBy Denis Pinchuk and Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia could resume natural gas deliveries to Ukraine as soon as next week if Kiev pays $2.2 billion in debt and pre-payments, gas exporter Gazprom said on Friday, under a deal that also safeguards winter deliveries to Europe. Moscow, Kiev and the European Union reached an agreement on Thursday over the gas supplies despite tensions over a pro-Russian separatist rebellion in east Ukraine. ...



  • Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police
  • FILE - In this file photo taken Monday, June 23, 2014, militants from the Islamic State parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle on a main street in Mosul, Iraq. The Islamic state group has accelerated killings of former policemen and army officers, apparently fearing they might join a potential internal Sunni uprising against its rule. Such killings, including the deadly attack on police Col. Mohammed Hassan and his son in mid October, have accelerated in recent days, as the extremists' opponents - Kurdish fighters and Shiite militias, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes - have made some gains, taking back several towns that the militants had overrun. (AP Photo, File)BAGHDAD (AP) ? The Islamic State group is conducting a purge, killing dozens of former policemen and soldiers living in areas of Iraq under its control, in a campaign apparently aimed at preventing any uprising against its extremist rule.



  • Wal-Mart ups ante on holiday shopping
  • NEW YORK (AP) ? Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy.

  • South Africa's Harmony halts Kusasalethu operation to remove illegal miners
  • JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Harmony Gold has halted production at its Kusasalethu mine for two weeks in a bid to remove illegal miners who have been trespassing into the operation and are believed to be starting fires, the company said on Friday. "No production will occur during this period and employees will be sent on leave," Harmony said in a statement.

  • Colossal crowds expected to crush Giants parade
  • San Francisco Giants fans celebrate after the Giants won Game 7 to win the World Series baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals at Civic Center Plaza on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Police say up to 2 million Giants fans could turn out to cheer the World Series champions in a downtown San Francisco parade featuring double-decker buses carrying the players and floats of the Golden Gate Bridge.



  • Bank of Japan expands monetary easing plan as economy slows
  • Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda speaks to the press at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo on October 31, 2014The Bank of Japan ramped up its vast monetary easing programme Friday -- sending the yen plunging and stocks soaring -- in a surprise move aimed at reviving growth just as the Federal Reserve winds down its own stimulus spree. Speaking after the central bank wrapped up its latest policy meeting, BoJ chief Haruhiko Kuroda said the fresh measures were crucial to keeping Japan on track in its war on deflation, and hinted more policy moves could follow. "The Japanese economy is now at a critical moment in the process of getting out of deflation," he told reporters in Tokyo, adding that the BoJ would "not hesitate" to pull the trigger on more easing if necessary. The BoJ also slashed its economic growth forecast by half, and trimmed consumer price expectations as a much-touted inflation target looked increasingly out of reach while Tokyo's bid to kickstart the economy stalls.



  • Mourinho confirms Costa will face QPR
  • Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa shoots to score their second goal of the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on October 5, 2014Jose Mourinho said Friday that star striker Diego Costa would return for Premier League leaders Chelsea's all-London clash at home to strugglers Queens Park Rangers on Saturday. "It is good for us," Mourinho told a news conference at Chelsea's training ground in Cobham, south-west of London. Costa has missed Chelsea?s last four matches after returning from international duty with hamstring and groin problems after appearing in all but eight minutes of Spain?s back to back fixtures with Slovakia and Luxemburg.