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‘Free’ Tunisia polls offer Arab Spring ray of hope

TUNIS (AFP) ― Foreign observers on Tuesday praised Tunisia’s landmark “free” elections, after the Islamists conceded defeat in a vote that raised hopes of a peaceful transition in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.The Islamist Ennahda party, which had steered the North African nation t...

Updated : 2014.10.31 21:29

Bahraini court suspends main opposition group

MANAMA (AP) ― A Bahraini court ordered the activities of the country’s main Shiite opposition group to be suspended on Tuesday, less than a month before parliamentary elections are to be held. The ruling against Al-Wefaq means the group effectively cannot operate for three months in the ...

Updated : 2014.10.31 21:28

18 miners trapped in coal mine accident in Turkey

ANKARA (AP) ― Surging water trapped at least 18 workers Tuesday in a coal mine in Turkey, officials and reports said ― an event likely to raise even more concerns about the nation’s poor workplace safety standards.Initial reports said flooding inside the Has Sekerler mine near the town ...

Updated : 2014.10.31 21:28

3 killed, 150 feared buried in Sri Lanka mudslide

COLOMBO (AP) ― A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers’ houses at a tea estate in central Sri Lanka on Wednesday, killing at least three people and causing fears that 150 others are missing, officials said. The mudslide struck at around 7:30 a.m. and wiped out 120 ...

Updated : 2014.10.31 21:27

Burkina Faso leader refuses to resign

OUAGADOUGOU (AP) ― Burkina Faso’s longtime leader refused to resign Thursday in the face of violent protests that posed the greatest threat to his nearly three-decade rule, saying instead he will lead a transitional government after parliament was dissolved. Protesters stormed the parlia...

Updated : 2014.10.31 21:20

Heavy rains hamper Sri Lanka mudslide tragedy search effort

KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AFP) ― Heavy rains disrupted a massive search Thursday for scores of people feared buried in a landslide on a Sri Lankan tea estate, further dimming prospects of finding anyone a...

Updated : 2014.10.31 21:20

EU, Russia, Ukraine agree gas accord

BRUSSELS (AFP) ― Russia agreed to resume gas deliveries to war-torn Ukraine through the winter in an EU-brokered, multibillion dollar deal signed by the three parties in Brussels on Thursday.In a hard-fought accord the EU hopes will ease the broader crisis over Ukraine, Russia agreed to e...

Updated : 2014.10.31 21:20

U.S. economy rallies to solid Q3 growth

WASHINGTON (AP) ― The U.S. economy powered its way to a respectable growth rate of 3.5 percent from July through September, outpacing most of the developed world and on track to extend the momentum through the end of the year and beyond. The result isn’t a fluke.It turns out the world’s...

Updated : 2014.10.31 21:19

Apple CEO: I’m proud to be gay

NEW YORK (AP) ― Apple CEO Tim Cook’s declaration that he’s “proud to be gay” wasn’t exactly news in Silicon Valley, where his sexual orientation was no secret. But advocates say that given Apple...

Updated : 2014.10.31 20:19

[Newsmaker] Janet Yellen era set to begin

WASHINGTON ― When the Federal Reserve announced the end of its landmark bond buying program Wednesday, it also signaled the start of something else: The Janet Yellen era.Officially, Yellen has been F...

Updated : 2014.10.30 21:43

Scientists build ‘mini-stomachs’ using stem cell

PARIS (AFP) ― Scientists using stem cells said on Wednesday they had built the world’s first “mini-stomachs” ― tiny clusters of human gastric tissue that could spur research into cancer, ulcers and diabetes.Called gastric organoids, the lab-dish tissue comprises buds of cells that are...

Updated : 2014.10.30 21:40

Iraqi troops cheered by Kurds in Turkey

SURUC, Turkey (AP) ― Iraqi peshmerga troops were cheered Wednesday by fellow Kurds in southeastern Turkey as the fighters slowly made their way toward the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani to try ...

Updated : 2014.10.30 21:23

Rescue workers step up search for Sri Lanka mudslide victims

KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AFP) ― Rescue workers stepped up their desperate search Thursday for survivors of a landslide in Sri Lanka which is feared to have buried alive 100 people on a tea plantation, deploying heavy diggers to claw through the mud.After rescuers, including soldiers, spent mu...

Updated : 2014.10.30 21:23

Ebola may be waning in Liberia: WHO

DAKAR (AP) ― The rate of new Ebola infections in Liberia appears to be declining and could represent a genuine trend, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, but the epidemic is far from over. ...

Updated : 2014.10.30 21:22

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state

STOCKHOLM (AFP) ― Sweden on Thursday officially recognized the state of Palestine, Stockholm’s foreign minister said, less than a month after the government announced its intention to make the controversial move.“Today the government takes the decision to recognize the state of Palestin...

Updated : 2014.10.30 21:22