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Op-Ed: Poll: Bruce Braley has edge in Iowa early voting over Joni Ernst

Des Moines - The latest Quinnipiac University poll covering the U.S. Senate race shows Iowa Republican State Sen. Joni Ernst leading U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democrat, with a four point lead: 49 percent to 45 percent. However, there is some great news for Braley.

Op-Ed: Manny Pacquiao needs basketball to sustain soaring popularity

Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao will soon retire from boxing as old age is fast catching up on him and in order to sustain his popularity in the sport, he needs to get himself involved in basketball, the Philippines' top-rated sport

Egypt jails eight men for three years over 'gay marriage'

Cairo - An Egyptian court jailed eight men for three years Saturday over a video prosecutors claimed was of a gay wedding, which went viral on the Internet.

Battle for Kobane rages as Iraqi fighters arrive

Suru - Fighting raged in the Syrian border town of Kobane on Saturday after jihadists launched a new assault on Kurdish militia bolstered by the arrival of heavily armed Iraqi peshmerga forces.

Bombardments ahead of Ukraine separatist vote

Kiev - Artillery explosions could be heard every few seconds early Saturday in Donetsk on the eve of separatist elections that Ukraine and its Western backers say will undermine an increasingly hollow truce accord.

Anger in Hong Kong as protesters compared to slaves

Hong Kong - A prominent businesswoman has sparked outrage in Hong Kong by comparing the city's pro-democracy protesters to African-American slaves, suggesting they might need to "wait for a while" to win the freedoms they are seeking.

Families of kidnapped Nigerian girls shocked at marriage claims

Kano - Families of the 219 schoolgirls held for more than six months by Boko Haram militants on Saturday said they were shocked but not surprised at fresh claims that the teenagers had been married off.

Power vacuum in Burkina Faso as president flees to I.Coast

Ouagadougou - Deposed Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore is currently in a luxury hotel in Ivory Coast's capital Yamoussoukro, witnesses said Saturday.

Funeral services to be streamed online in Spain

Valencia - The city of Valencia in Spain is set to be the first to offer a brand new, free service to families and friends of deceased loved ones. Wherever they are in the world, they will be able to attend the funeral service, and tour the cemetery, online.

Nationwide blackout hits Bangladesh

Dhaka - A massive nationwide power blackout hit Bangladesh on Saturday after a transmission line failed, leaving homes, businesses and shops in the densely-populated country without electricity.

Juncker's new EU Commission takes office

Brussels - The new European Commission led by EU veteran Jean-Claude Juncker formally took office Saturday, promising to "get down to work" as Europe faces a host of political and economic challenges.

Spain's extended summer set to end soon

Madrid - October has been a month of unusually warm, sunny and pleasant weather in Spain, which has, in the south, so far continued into November. This is due to change soon with reports of several cold fronts, bringing in rain and, in some areas, snow.

Tropical disease experts banned from tropical disease conference

In an ironic twist, Louisiana state health officials are prohibiting scientists who has visited Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea in the past 21 days from attending a meeting on tropical diseases in New Orleans.

Conflict spreads in Jerusalem over the Al-Aqsa mosque row

Jerusalem - Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque and the Al-Quds neighborhood have become the latest flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict following the killing of a Palestinian and the closure of the mosque.

Journalist awarded for promoting science

Emily Willingham, a U.S.-based biologist and freelance journalist, together with David Robert Grimes, a cancer researcher, has been awarded the 2014 John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science.

TopFinds: Canadians defend Muslims; 'Birdman' flies high

A group of Canadians defend a Muslim harassed while waiting for a bus. 'Birdman' is a compelling tale of big egos and washed-up actors. Easter Islanders made contact with the outside world earlier than previously thought. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.

New way to detect porcine epidemic diarrhea virus

Researchers have developed a new test for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. This virus has been spreading throughout the pig population within the U.S. The test differentiates the genetic material of the virus from that of other viruses.

New insight into how easily Ebola infects

Ebola has been making headlines around the world. One of the greatest fears is in relation to the virus’ infectivity. A new report weighs up how readily disease transmission can occur.

Police: Shoplifter tried to infect Wal-Mart employee with HIV

Dallas - Police say that a homeless woman who has HIV was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly stealing $11.00 worth of frozen food from a Dallas Wal-Mart and threatening to infect an employee who confronted her about it.

Australia, N.Zealand mark 100 years since first troops left for WWI

Sydney - Australia and New Zealand on Saturday marked 100 years since their first convoy of troops left for the battlefields of World War I, with thousands attending events to commemorate the "heavy day in history".
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