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French President Francois Hollande holds a rare and hotly awaited news conference later Thursday as the embattled and deeply unpopular leader seeks to turn the tide on a catastrophic few weeks.

Fiji coup leader heads for historic poll victory

Coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama was Thursday on the verge of sweeping a historic vote to become Fiji's first elected leader in eight years, as international observers gave the ballot a stamp of approval.

At least 15 police hurt as thousands rally in Ecuador

At least 15 officers were wounded and multiple arrests were reported in Quito as thousands gathered for rallies for and against leftist President Rafael Correa, officials said.

Obama, Poroshenko to meet as peace deal hopes rise

Ukraine's leader Petro Poroshenko will meet with US President Barack Obama Thursday, amid hopes Kiev's conflict with pro-Russian rebels may end after Moscow hailed an offer of self-rule for the separatists.

Stay or go? Scotland votes on independence from Britain

Scotland began voting Thursday on whether to become independent, in a referendum that could break up the centuries-old United Kingdom and create Europe's newest country since the collapse of Yugoslavia.Some 97 percent of eligible Scots -- 4.

Vermont's largest city gets 100% of energy from renewable sources

Burlington, Vermont's largest city, has announced it now generates 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.

Iran's Rouhani slams US troop veto in IS fight

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized the United States for its refusal to send troops into combat in the battle against Islamic State militants he claimed were seeking to "kill humanity.

Boko Haram blamed as 13 die in Nigeria college shooting, blast

Boko Haram insurgents have been blamed after at least 13 people died during a shoot-out between police and suspected suicide bombers at a teacher training college in northern Nigeria.

Border row hangs heavy over Chinese president's first India visit

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has complained to China's visiting president about border incursions, the government said Thursday, as tensions on the remote mountainous frontier between Asia's two superpowers threatened to overshadow a crucial su...

Texas executes woman who starved child to death

Texas, which has put more inmates to death than any other US state, executed child killer Lisa Coleman, one of only a handful of women on death row.

Iran slams U.S. as 'obsessed' with sanctions as talks resume

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday accused Washington of being "obsessed" with sanctions as a new round of high-stakes bilateral nuclear negotiations opened in New York.

Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on IS

Barack Obama and US lawmakers ratcheted up the pressure on the Islamic State, with the president declaring there was no hiding place for the jihadists and warning: "Our reach is long.

Op-Ed: Sensational stories give gun owners a bad name

Sensational news stories involving crazy and irresponsible people with firearms give real, responsible gun owners a bad reputation.

Op-Ed: In the Islamic State there is no 3-R's

Nothing is more valuable than the education of young minds to any nation's longevity. In what was called the Syrian Arab Republic, now the Islamic State, the education of the country's youth is firmly in the hands of radical Islamists.

Obama and U.S. lawmakers turn up heat on IS

Barack Obama and U.S. lawmakers ratcheted up the pressure on the Islamic State on Wednesday, the president declaring there was no hiding place for the jihadists and warning: "Our reach is long.

Snowden: NSA shares Americans' private communications with Israel

The US National Security Agency routinely intercepts Americans' private communications and shares them with Israeli intelligence, according to the latest revelations from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Op-Ed: FSA rebels reject joining coalition against the Islamic State

The Free Syrian Army(FSA) that the US classifies as moderate Syrian rebels has announced that it will not join the US anti-Islamic State coalition.

Argentina tries doctors for dictatorship baby thefts

Two doctors and a midwife went on trial in Argentina on Wednesday accused of delivering political prisoners' babies and helping the country's former military regime steal them from their parents.

First French Ebola victim to be flown home from Liberia

The first French Ebola patient was set to be flown home Thursday, as the World Bank warned the spiralling epidemic is threatening economic catastrophe in west Africa.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with cancer

The lead doctor from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's medical team announced that the mayor is facing a battle with a very rare cancer. Ford will undergo chemotherapy as soon as possible.

Wisc. Republican drops out of race over racist, homophobic tweets

A Republican candidate for the Wisconsin state assembly has withdrawn from his race over racist and homophobic social media posts.

Republican Joni Ernst pulls ahead in Iowa senate race

The battleground state of Iowa, where Republicans are trying to flip retiring Democrat Sen. Tom Harkin’s seat, has turned pink, according to a new poll.

Russian tycoon's arrest sparks fears of 'second Yukos'

The arrest of a top billionaire sent shockwaves through Russia's business and political circles on Wednesday and prompted fears of a state-orchestrated asset grab similar to the prosecution of ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Judge tells BP lawyers, 'This is not a college term paper'

Though a federal judge found British Petroleum not only negligent, but reckless in the operation of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion earlier this month, the oil giant's legal team is still having a hard time playing by the rules.

Fiji coup leader surges ahead in election count

Military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama was on course Thursday to win the South Pacific nation's first election since he staged a bloodless coup in 2006, official data showed.

Assault by cake reported at North Seattle KFC

Working at Kentucky Fried Chicken can be like a cakefight, definitely not a cakewalk, anyway for employees of one restaurant in Seattle, Washington.

Air France pilot strike to enter fourth day as talks sputter

Striking Air France pilots dug in their heels Wednesday, rejecting government calls to go back to work and new assurances from management that low-cost operations would not threaten their jobs.

'Going crazy': survivors tell of Europe's deadliest migrant shipwreck

After three days adrift, drinking his own urine to survive as he watched dozens of people sink to a watery grave, Mohamed Raad started to lose his grip.

21 geniuses just won $625,000 to spend however they want

The names of 21 MacArthur Fellows were revealed early Wednesday. These talented individuals will receieve a gift of $625,000, paid out over five years, to be spent anyway he or she chooses.

Indian Muslim organisations reject al Qaeda's India announcement

Indian Muslim organisations have issued statements rejecting the announcement of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, regarding the establishment of wing in South Asia.

Ebola 'fear factor' risks economic disaster, World Bank warns

The World Bank warned Wednesday that fear of the deadly Ebola virus is choking off economic activity in West Africa with potentially "catastrophic" results.

Moscow hails Ukraine self-rule olive branch for east

Russia hailed Wednesday Ukraine's offer of self-rule for separatist rebels in the east under a peace plan seen as the best chance yet of halting five months of bloody warfare.

Boko Haram blamed as 13 die in Nigeria college shooting, blast

Boko Haram insurgents were blamed on Wednesday after at least 13 people were killed during a shoot-out between police and suspected suicide bombers at a teacher training college in northern Nigeria.

Thousands of small businessmen duped into ads in fake cop mags

In a daring and well-thought-out scam, 52 people allegedly conned around 150,000 small businesses and self-employed persons out of 15 million euros ($19.5 million) over a period of 14 years, by pretending to be representatives of the police.

China tries Uighur professor for separatism

Chinese authorities put a prominent scholar from the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority on trial for separatism Wednesday as critics warned the prosecution will worsen tensions in violence-wracked Xinjiang.

Nigerian preacher under pressure over fatal church collapse

A popular Nigerian preacher and televangelist was under mounting pressure on Wednesday to co-operate with the authorities after a fatal building collapse in Lagos that claimed at least 67 lives.

South Sudan won't expel foreign workers

The government in war-torn South Sudan said Wednesday it will not be expelling any foreign workers, reversing a policy announcement made the previous day that caused a storm of protests from aid agencies and neighbouring countries.

Obamacare impact on midterm elections fades off into the sunset

Everyone is talking about The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obmacare, if you will) and its impact on the 2014 midterm elections on Tuesday, Nov. 4. That list includes the Wall Street Journal, Marketwatch, Politico and the Washington Post.

Deadly gunbattles in east Ukraine despite autonomy offer

Fierce gunbattles erupted around the Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Wednesday, with two civilians killed just a day after lawmakers in Kiev held out an offer of self-rule to the pro-Russian separatists.

Iraq Jihadists face growing pressure, but no US troops

Elite Iraqi troops backed by US jets battled jihadists near Baghdad Wednesday as President Barack Obama insisted US ground troops would not be deployed to battle the Islamic State group.

Clashes in Bangladesh after top Islamist spared death sentence

Bangladesh's highest court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence on a top Islamic preacher, triggering angry protests by both his Islamist supporters and secular opponents and clashes with police.

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