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Alleged cop-killer caught after massive U.S. manhunt

Mount Pocono - A man accused of shooting dead a Pennsylvania state trooper was arrested after eluding capture for six weeks during a massive manhunt through mountains and dense forests, authorities said.

Hong Kong activists mull taking protest to Beijing

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's democracy protesters are considering travelling to Beijing to directly petition Communist authorities as the Chinese capital hosts US President Barack Obama and other world leaders at an upcoming summit.

Myanmar moots changing constitution barring Suu Kyi from presidency

Inya - Myanmar's parliament will consider amending the country's constitution -- which currently bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president -- ahead of elections next year, an official said Friday.

Sniffer dogs join search for Sri Lanka mudslide victims

Haputale - Sniffer dogs were brought in Friday to join the search for bodies at a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, two days after a major mudslide buried alive scores of people.

First lawsuit filed in Malaysia over flight MH370

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian family on Friday sued the government and beleaguered national carrier for negligence in the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370, in what is believed to be the first lawsuit filed over the disaster.

Op-Ed: New Afghan president can halt Taliban advance with jobs

With Ashraf Ghani now sworn in as the new president of Afghanistan in a rare peaceful transition of power, an historic opportunity arises for President Ghani to attack a fundamental source of the insurgency.

Burkina Faso leader refuses to quit after day of violence

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore refused to give up power but called off a state of emergency imposed after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule that saw parliament set ablaze.

Bodies of three US siblings found in Mexico: prosecutor

- The bodies of three US siblings of Mexican descent believed to have been kidnapped by armed assailants more than two weeks ago were found in Mexico's troubled Tamaulipas state, a prosecutor said.

French magazine fined for comparing minister to monkey

Paris - The head of a French far-right satirical magazine was fined 10,000 euros ($12,500)on Thursday after his publication compared the country's black justice minister to a monkey.

Chinese court upholds death sentences in Kunming attack

Kunming - A Chinese appeals court on Friday upheld death sentences for three people convicted over a mass stabbing that killed 31 people earlier this year, state media reported.

U.S. nurse bikes away, despite Ebola quarantine

Washington - A U.S. nurse who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Africa took a bike ride early Thursday despite a state order to stay at home in quarantine.

Rights groups urge UN, Europe to stop 'illegal' Spain deportations

Madrid - Amnesty International and 12 other human rights groups urged the United Nations and Europe on Thursday to press Spain to stop the "illegal" deportations of migrants who reach its territories in north Africa.

Apple chief Tim Cook puts focus on gay rights

Washington - Apple's Tim Cook has become the most prominent chief executive to acknowledge his homosexuality, putting fresh focus on gay representation in the boardroom.

British press fights 'Big Brother' after sources outed

London - Britain's security services are set to clash with parliament and the press over revelations that police secretly used a controversial law to identify journalists' sources, triggering a wider debate about media freedom in the digital age.

Israel pledges to reopen Jerusalem flashpoint

Jerusalem - Israel shut the Al-Aqsa mosque compound Thursday then promised to reopen it, after clashes in east Jerusalem where police killed a Palestinian accused of trying to murder a hardline rabbi.

U.S. right-to-die woman holds on, in new video

Los Angeles - A young American woman with terminal cancer who triggered shock and controversy when she said she would kill herself on November 1 now says she may wait a little longer.

UN chief launches campaign to end female genital mutilation

Nairobi - UN chief Ban Ki-moon launched Thursday a global campaign to end the often deadly practice of female genital mutilation within a generation, as survivors said it had "shattered" their lives.

French village bans clowns for Halloween after terror wave

Marseille - A French village has banned teenagers from dressing up as clowns for Halloween after people kitted out as the colourful pranksters have sown terror and violence in several parts of the country.

Scary clown phenomenon hits Gijón in northern Spain

The scary clown phenomenon, doing the rounds in France, has now hit the streets of northern Spain. Whether it’s the copycat effect, upcoming Halloween, or maybe even the terrifying clown on “American Horror Story Freakshow,” the trend has spread.
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