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EU confirms North Korea invite for rights visit

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

A European Union official confirms that North Korea has invited its special representative for human rights to visit the country.

12 men trapped in Colombia coal mine collapse

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Colombian authorities say a coal mine collapse has trapped 12 men and they say rescue will be difficult.

Remains recovered from Ukraine plane disaster site

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

The Dutch prime minister says investigators have recovered an unspecified number of human remains from the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down.

US ambassador says she's monitoring for Ebola

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

The U.S. ambassador, who has just returned from a visit to the countries worst-affected by Ebola, says she is self-monitoring for the virus and that federal guidelines are sufficient.

Turkish president questions focus on Kobani

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the international community is focusing too much on the battle over Kobani and is calling for strikes in other parts of Syria.

Uganda-North Korea ties grow amid democracy doubts

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda gave a state banquet late Thursday in honor of North Korea's ceremonial head of state, praising Pyongyang for what he said was its prominent role in fighting imperialism.

Zambia's acting president appeals for calm

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Zambian security forces will not tolerate any violence or other illegal activity as the country mourns President Michael Sata, who died after a long illness, Zambia's temporary leader said Friday.

Army general takes power in Burkina Faso

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

An army general took power in Burkina Faso Friday after President Blaise Compaore stepped down, ending 27 years as the country's leader.

New search planned for grave of Spanish poet Lorca

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Archeologists will start inspecting the land in an area in southern Spain near where the acclaimed poet Federico Garcia Lorca is believed to have been executed and buried at the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, officials said Friday.

Thai prime minister, an ex-general, is millionaire

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Asset disclosures by members of Thailand's military-dominated post-coup Cabinet reveal they are quite well-off, a trait shared with the civilian politicians they accused of corruption.

UK Treasury chief set to pay off World War I bonds

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Britain is repaying some of the 2 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) it still owes investors who helped finance World War I.

Spain seeks to halt informal Catalan breakup vote

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Spain's government is asking the country's Constitutional Court to block plans by the powerful northeastern region of Catalonia to hold an informal independence poll Nov. 9.

Pirate Bay founder jailed for hacking Danish data

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

A Danish court on Friday sentenced the Swedish founder of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay to 3½ years in prison after he was found guilty of hacking into a private company handling sensitive information for Danish authorities.

North Korean Ebola policies hit tourism businesses

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

North Korea's quarantine of arriving foreigners to prevent Ebola has not disrupted business with the nation's largest trading partner, Chinese businesspeople say, although a tourist ban has hurt travel agencies that run tours to the reclusive country.

Fire causes evacuation of French state radio

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

A fire at the Paris headquarters of French state radio is sending columns of thick black smoke out of more than a dozen windows.

2 missing after blaze at UK fireworks warehouse

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

British police say two people are missing after a blaze at a fireworks warehouse that sent plumes of black smoke and explosions into the sky.

Russia central bank in surprisingly big rate hike

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Russia's central bank on Friday raised its main interest rate more than anticipated in its latest attempt to shore up the plummeting national currency.

Peshmerga fighters leave Kobani to return later

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

The 10 peshmerga fighters from Iraq who entered the embattled northern Syrian town of Kobani one day earlier returned to Turkey Friday to prepare for their forces' full deployment, a Kurdish official in Kobani said.

UN: Growing number of foreigners in terror groups

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

A new United Nations report says the world is facing a challenge of foreign fighters in terror groups on an "unprecedented scale," with about 15,000 in Syria and Iraq alone.

Syria's Alawites pay heavy price as they bury sons

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

The posters of slain Syrian soldiers, put up by families to commemorate their sons killed in the fight against rebels, are plastered on walls throughout the coastal province of Tartous. The impromptu murals of death illustrate the price supporters of President Bashar Assad are paying to defend his rule.