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  • New search planned for grave of Spanish poet Lorca

    MADRID (AP) — 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. Soundings will begin Nov. 17 in a 300-square meter (360-square yard) remote hillside area...

  • Embattled Ferguson chief criticizes Holder remarks

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The embattled police chief of the suburban St. Louis town where a white officer's fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old remains under investigation has criticized Attorney General Eric Holder's recent call for "wholesale change" in the department. Ferguson chief Tom Jackson tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/1yLo8GH...

  • Peshmerga fighters leave Kobani to return later

    SURUC, Turkey (AP) — 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. The official, Anwar Muslim, said the 10 discussed defensive positions and strategy against the Islamic State...

  • Court upholds death verdicts in slashing attack

    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court on Friday upheld the death sentences of three men convicted of organizing a brutal knife attack that killed 31 people earlier this year outside a railway station in the southern city of Kunming. The Higher People's Court of Yunnan Province rejected appeals and upheld sentences handed out last month by a lower...

  • Russia central bank in surprisingly big rate hike

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's central bank has raised its main interest rate by more than anticipated as it tries to stem the ruble's fall. The bank on Friday lifted its main rate from 8 percent to 9.5 percent in a move reflecting the bank's concern over the plummeting currency. The ruble fell to an all-time low of 43.4 earlier this week, but has...

  • Bombs at marketplaces near Baghdad kill 15 people

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of bomb attacks struck marketplaces near Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 15 people, Iraqi officials said as security forces recaptured parts of a strategic Sunni oil town north of the capital from Islamic State militants. Iraq is embroiled in its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops in the wake of a...

  • UN: Growing number of foreigners in terror groups

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new United Nations report says the world is facing a challenge from foreigners traveling to fight in terror groups on an "unprecedented scale," with about 15,000 in Syria and Iraq alone. The report by a panel of experts monitoring al-Qaida and the Taliban, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, has been submitted to...

  • Switzerland: IS suspects arrested over attack plan

    GENEVA (AP) — Three people suspected of supporting the Islamic State group and thought to have been planning an attack in Europe were arrested in Switzerland earlier this year, prosecutors said Friday. The Iraqi citizens were arrested in late March and have been held in pre-trial detention since then, Swiss federal prosecutors said in a...

  • Pirate Bay founder jailed for hacking Danish data

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish court has 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. On Thursday, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and a 21-year-old Dane were found guilty of breaking into...

  • 2 missing after blaze at UK fireworks warehouse

    LONDON (AP) — 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. The Staffordshire Police force says officers and fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire at the SP Plastics building in Stafford, central England. Police say rescue workers...

  • Fire causes evacuation of French state radio

    PARIS (AP) — A fire at the Paris headquarters of French state radio is sending columns of thick black smoke out of more than a dozen windows Photos of the scene Friday afternoon show smoke pouring from the upper stories of the massive Maison de la Radio in the capital's 16th arrondissement. It was undergoing renovations when the fire began....

  • Rebuilt Hawaii town offers look at life after lava

    PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Ten miles from the Hawaii town of Pahoa that is being menaced by a stream of lava from Kilauea volcano, there's another community that was almost entirely swallowed by the molten rock nearly 30 years ago. Today, a few dozen recently built homes sit on Kalapana's rolling black fields — offering a glimpse of life after lava....

  • Pa. college forfeits game after 5 players arrested

    CALIFORNIA, Pa. (AP) — A state university in western Pennsylvania says it's forfeiting an upcoming football game after five players were arrested in connection with a violent assault outside an off-campus restaurant. California University of Pennsylvania immediately suspended the players Thursday and told the state athletic conference the...

  • Hungary suspends Internet tax after huge protests

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Following large-scale protests, Hungary's prime minister said Friday that the government would suspend a planned tax on Internet use and reconsider the matter next year. A scheme to make Internet service providers pay 150 forints ($0.62) per gigabyte of Internet traffic, later proposed to be capped at different monthly...

  • Heavy security as Israel reopens Jerusalem site

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel reopened a contested Jerusalem holy site on Friday and deployed more than 1,000 security personnel following clashes the previous day between Palestinians and Israeli riot police that had ratcheted up already heightened tensions in the city. Small groups of Palestinian worshippers made their way through a welter of...

  • Russia: Natural gas will flow after Ukraine pays

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will resume shipping natural gas to Ukraine after Kiev pays off its first debt installment for past supplies of gas next week, officials said Friday. Alexei Miller, chief of Russia's state-controlled Gazprom natural gas giant, made the statement hours after Russia, Ukraine and the European Union thrashed out a $4.6 billion...

  • NATO says service member has died in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says one of its service members has died in eastern Afghanistan from a non-battle-related injury. The international military coalition says the death happened on Friday but gave no other details. Coalition policy is for home countries to identify their military dead. The death brings to 59 the number of NATO...

  • Afghan leader makes rare reference to Taliban

    BEIJING (AP) — Afghanistan's new president invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community on Friday, in an unusual direct reference to the insurgents who have stepped up attacks aimed at bringing down his month-old government. Speaking at a conference on Afghan peace and reconstruction in Beijing, Ashraf...

  • Germany's main Jewish leader steps down

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's main Jewish leader, who in 2010 became the first person born after the Holocaust to take the job, says he's stepping down. Dieter Graumann said Friday he won't seek a second term leading the Central Council of Jews in a vote Nov. 30. The 64-year-old said the job, whose holder works on an honorary basis, "demanded an...

  • Japan's huge pension fund to boost share purchases

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's $1.1 trillion public pension fund on Friday approved a plan to double its holdings of shares and cut back sharply on bonds to help improve investment returns and meet its obligations to a swelling number of retirees. The much-anticipated decision came just a few hours after a surprise announcement by the Bank of Japan that...

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