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  • Euro inflation creeps up, ECB still under pressure

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Inflation crept higher in the 18 countries that use the euro in October — but the rise to an annual 0.4 percent offered little relief to the European Central Bank as it tries to boost a weak economy. Inflation was up from 0.3 percent the month before. The figure announced Friday by EU statistics agency Eurostat was in...

  • AP PHOTOS: Small Alaska town welcomes big politics

    PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) — When U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and his Republican challenger, Dan Sullivan, greet cheering supporters in downtown Anchorage on Election Night, their thoughts may turn to days of boots-on-the-ground campaigning in more unforgiving and far-flung parts of this remote and rugged state. Many observers believe the race between...

  • Remains recovered from Ukraine plane disaster site

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — 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. Speaking at his weekly press conference in The Hague, Mark Rutte said a team of Dutch, Ukrainian and OSCE rescue workers gained a rare chance Friday...

  • Zambia's acting president appeals for calm

    LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — 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. Acting President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, also told journalists Friday that it is "unacceptable" for...

  • Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group is conducting a purge, killing dozens of former policemen and soldiers living in areas of Iraq under its control, in a campaign apparently aimed at preventing any uprising against its extremist rule. Former officers have been gunned down in their homes, rounded up and shot in groups or killed in public...

  • Turkish president questions focus on Kobani

    PARIS (AP) — 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. Speaking at a news conference with French President Francois Hollande, Erdogan said, "We're only talking about Kobani, a city on the Turkish border where there...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Official: Man slashes 3 schoolchildren in China

    BEIJING (AP) — A man in southeastern China slashed a first-grader to death and severely injured two others Friday in the country's latest violent attack on children. The man slashed the three children with a knife while they were returning home from school for a noon break, said Han Li, a propaganda official for Yiyang county in the...

  • Chinese official allegedly hides $33M in bribes

    BEIJING (AP) — Investigators in China have found more than 200 million yuan ($33 million) in cash at the home of an energy official accused of bribe-taking, in the country's largest cash seizure ever, a senior prosecutor said Friday. If all that money was in 100-yuan notes, China's largest cash denomination, it would pile 230 meters (750 feet)...

  • Greek police clear apartment used by rebel monks

    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Dozens of Greek police took part in an operation Friday to clear an apartment used as a hostel by a rebel monastery whose monks have been declared schismatic by the Orthodox Church. Police said one monk and five supporters were in the apartment in central Thessaloniki during the raid, which followed a court decision...

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