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Botswana's ruling party favored in elections

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The ruling party in Botswana, which has dominated politics since independence in 1966, is again the front-runner ahead of elections Friday in the southern African nation.

Canada attack stirs terror fears

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Two deadly attacks in three days against members of the military stunned Canadians and raised fears their country was being targeted for reprisals for joining the U.S.-led air campaign against an extremist Islamic group in Iraq and Syria.

Coal-rich Poland ready to block EU climate deal

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to stamp their new, ambitious greenhouse gas emissions plan should prepare for unyielding opposition from coal-reliant Poland and some other East European countries who say their developing economies and electricity bills would suffer too much from the new target.

NK experts: US must apologize to free detainees

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The United States government must make a formal apology to secure the freedom of two Americans who remain imprisoned in North Korea after the release this week of Jeffrey Fowle, North Korean legal experts said Thursday.

Albania, Kosovo officials visit rival Serbia

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Enver Hoxhaj has become the first Kosovo foreign minister to visit Serbia since Kosovo declared independence in 2008.

China's ruling party pushes for better judiciary

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

China's ruling Communist Party said it will take steps to improve judicial independence and put checks on political interference in the courts, as its Central Committee concluded its annual meeting on Thursday.

North Korea steps up Ebola measures

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

North Korea has stepped up measures to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus into the reclusive country, state media reported Thursday, while a travel agent that specializes in North Korean tours said it has been informed that Pyongyang may ban foreign tourists from visiting.

Rights group: Migrant workers abused in UAE homes

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Many Asian and African women working as domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates have reported being overworked, beaten or sexually abused by their employers but are often trapped in slave-like conditions because they're excluded from the country's labor law protections, a rights group said Thursday.

Dancing priests become Internet sensation

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keyes-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.

European authorities aim to purge weak banks

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Europe's biggest banks are facing a day of judgment as the European Central Bank prepares to unveil the results of a yearlong search through the dark corners of their finances.

Clarification: Turkey-Islamic State-Istanbul story

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

In a story Oct. 17, The Associated Press reported that the owner of a bookstore in Istanbul that sells pins bearing the emblem of the Islamic State group said jihadists should not be classified as terrorists. The story should have specified that Osman Akyildiz said he does not support the Islamic State militants' campaign of beheadings.

Guitarist Wilko Johnson says he is cancer-free

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

British guitarist Wilko Johnson says he is free of cancer, two years after being told he had months to live.

Separatists protest in Kashmir against Modi visit

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Shops and businesses were closed in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Thursday as separatists protested a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Rwanda cancels Ebola screenings for US, Spain

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Rwanda's minister of health is reversing a decision she made to require visitors who had been in the U.S. or Spain during the previous 22 days to report their medical condition to Rwandan authorities daily.

Tesco chairman resigns after accounting scandal

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The chairman of Tesco, the world's second-biggest retailer behind Walmart, announced his resignation Thursday amid an accounting scandal in which the company admitted it had overstated its projected profits.

Threat to break isolation in Liberia over food

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of an isolation because they have no food, the West African nation's state radio reported Thursday.

China, Iran defense officials pledge closer ties

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

China's defense minister met Thursday with Iran's navy commander in the latest sign of warming ties between their two militaries following their first joint naval drills in the Persian Gulf last month.

Tunisia militant shootout kills security officer

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

A Tunisia official says a security officer has been killed in a shootout that began when a suspect's home was surrounded near the capital.

Investigators detain 4 more in Moscow plane crash

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Russian investigators announced Thursday that they have detained four more employees of Moscow's Vnukovo Airport following a plane crash that killed the chief executive of French oil company Total and three crew members.

China opposes sending North Korea to int'l court

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

China said Thursday it was against referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court, dimming chances that its longtime ally will face additional scrutiny over its dismal and well-documented system of sprawling political prison camps, starvation and mass executions.