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Number of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar tops 100,000
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) ? A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with the number fleeing by boat since communal violence broke out two years ago now topping 100,000, a leading expert said Saturday.
Lebanon army attacks gunmen in historic Tripoli market
Lebanese troops attacked Islamist gunmen holed up in the historic market of the northern city of Tripoli Saturday, after deadly clashes rocked the longtime tourist attraction, an AFP correspondent reported. It was the first time since the civil war in neighbouring Syria erupted in 2011 that violence had spread to the market in Tripoli's historic centre, which is on the shortlist for possible nomination as a UNESCO world heritage site. The AFP correspondent heard shelling and heavy gunfire as the army launched its assault on the gunmen's positions. Tripoli has seen repeated clashes between Sunni militants sympathetic to the rebels in neighbouring Syria and Alawites who back the Damascus regime.
WHO: Number of Ebola cases passes 10,000
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) ? The number of people believed sickened by Ebola has passed 10,000, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread.
Obama: Science, not fear, key to Ebola response
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama says the U.S. must be guided by science ? not fear ? as it responds to Ebola.
Ebola death toll tops 4,900 out of more than 10,000 cases: WHO
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from the Ebola epidemic rose to 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases in eight countries through Oct. 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. The three worst-hit countries of West Africa - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - account for the bulk, recording 4,912 deaths out of 10,114 cases, the WHO said in its update. The overall figures include outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal, deemed by the WHO to be now over, as well as isolated cases in Spain, the United States and a single case in Mali. ...
World Health Organization: Number of people believed to have Ebola has risen above 10,000
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) ? World Health Organization: Number of people believed to have Ebola has risen above 10,000.
Racquet-smashing Serena wins Wozniacki thriller
World number one Serena Williams smashed a racquet and recovered from a set down as she overcame stubborn resistance from Caroline Wozniacki in a gripping semi-final at the WTA Finals on Saturday. The 18-time Grand Slam-winner will take on either Simona Halep or Agnieszka Radwanska, who play later, as she seeks the first hat-trick of titles at the season finale since Monica Seles in 1992. Williams' fourth win over Wozniacki this year, including the US Open final, was hard-fought and it was the third time this season that she has been pushed to three sets by the resurgent Dane.
Paris's Picasso museum finally reopens after renovation
A top-level sacking, harsh words from the artist's son, delays and a huge budget overrun -- Picasso museum reopens its doors in Paris on Saturday amid the fallout from a fraught $71-million renovation. Just over five years after it closed for what was intended to be a two-year refurbishment, the museum -- housed in a 17th-century baroque mansion in Paris's historic Marais quarter -- has been extensively modernised and is more than twice its previous size. Costs, however, stand at 22 million euros ($27 million) over budget due to an increase in the scope of the works, a rift has opened up between Picasso's son Claude and the French government and the museum's director of nearly a decade, Anne Baldassari, no longer has her job. The gallery, which first opened in 1985, boasts one of the world's most extensive collections of Picasso's work with around 5,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs and documents.
Egypt's Sinai in lockdown after suicide blast kills 30 troops
A state of emergency came into force on Saturday across much of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after 30 soldiers were killed in a suicide car bombing by suspected jihadists. It was the deadliest attack on the country's security forces since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, to the fury of his supporters. The state of emergency, which took effect from 0300 GMT in the north and centre of the Sinai, will remain in place for three months, the president's office said. Egypt also announced it would close the Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip, the only route into the Palestinian territory not controlled by Israel.
Suspect in 2 deputy deaths captured after manhunt
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ? A suspect described as a "one-man crime spree" is accused of shooting three Northern California sheriff's deputies, killing two of them and wounding a civilian, then eluding hundreds of searchers before being hunted down and forced to surrender, authorities said.
Washington school gunman was homecoming prince
MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) ? Jaylen Fryberg was well liked and athletic, a football player named to his high school's homecoming court just one week ago.
Ebola-stricken doc described as driven do-gooder
NEW YORK (AP) ? Dr. Craig Spencer, the physician now being treated for Ebola in New York City, is the kind of globe-trotting do-gooder who could walk into a small village in Africa and, even though he didn't know the language, win people over through hugs alone, according to people who worked with him.
Finnegan passes test, Royals stop Giants in Game 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Summoned in a tough spot, Royals rookie Brandon Finnegan trotted in from the bullpen, threw his warmup pitches and then did something curious.
WHO says Ebola vaccine plans accelerating as trials advance
By Stephanie Nebehay and Kate Kelland GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - Trials of Ebola vaccines could begin in West Africa in December, a month earlier than expected, and hundreds of thousands of doses should be available for use by the middle of next year, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Vaccines are being developed and made ready in record time by drugmakers working with regulators, the U.N. health agency said, but questions remain about their safety and efficacy which can only be settled by full clinical trials. ...
Tunisians skeptical on eve of historic election
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) ? In a raucous cafe in a Tunis slum, men talked in loud voices and paid little attention to the politicians debating on the television mounted on the wall. Qais Jebali swiftly made espressos behind the bar and explained why no one in the gritty neighborhood of Tadamon cared about the upcoming elections.
Women on front lines in Syria, Iraq against IS
SURUC, Turkey (AP) ? Just over a year ago, Afshin Kobani was a teacher. Now, the Kurdish Syrian woman has traded the classroom for the front lines in the battle for Kobani, a town besieged by fighters from the Islamic State extremist group.
UN authorizes ship inspections near Somalia for arms, charcoal
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council authorized the inspection of boats suspected of carrying illegal shipments of charcoal or weapons to and from Somalia on Friday, though Russia and Jordan abstained from the vote over concerns about the move. The resolution, adopted by the 15-member council with 13 votes in favor, approves the use of "all necessary measures" - diplomatic code for military force - to carry out such inspections. ...
Nigeria court opens inquest into church collapse that killed 115
By Seun Sanni LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria launched a court inquest on Friday into the collapse of a church guesthouse in September that killed at least 115 people including 84 South Africans and sparked a diplomatic spat between the two countries. South African officials accused Nigerian authorities of not doing enough to investigate the Sept. 12 accident at the church compound in Lagos of one of Nigeria's most influential evangelical Christian preachers, T.B. Joshua. The accident occurred as three more storeys were being added to the two-storey church building. ...
Botswana ruling party leads in early election results
Botswana's ruling party was leading in most local council constituencies as general election results trickled in Saturday, but opposition parties made a strong showing in the capital, the electoral commission said. There had been delays in the counting of parliamentary ballots and no results had been received so far, the Independent Electoral Commission spokesman Osupile Maroba told AFP. Parliamentary results will also determine who will be president for the next five years, with incumbent Ian Khama of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) expected to win a second term. The IEC had verified results from 200 of the 490 local council voting districts, with the BDP winning six of the capital Gaborone's 13 wards.
Fear and indifference leave West Africa desperate for Ebola staff
By David Lewis DAKAR (Reuters) - When Australia offered more than $2 million last month to the medical charity leading the fight against Ebola in West Africa, Medecins Sans Frontieres bluntly rejected it. What was urgently needed from rich Western countries, MSF said, was not more money but doctors and nurses. Despite warnings that hundreds of thousands may die, foreign governments and organizations are still hesitating to dispatch highly trained civilian and military personnel to fight the worst ever outbreak of the deadly virus. Even in the highly controlled environments in the West, two ...
Police seek motive in fatal Washington state school shooting
By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - Authorities were seeking a motive on Saturday as to why a high school student in the United States' Washington state shot dead a female classmate and wounded four others in a campus cafeteria before killing himself. The shooter, a homecoming prince at Marysville-Pilchuck High School north of Seattle, took his own life as his classmates fled to safety. The incident was the latest in a series of deadly shooting rampages at U.S. schools that have played a central role in a national debate over gun laws. ...
Somalia says reviewing oil deals U.N. says lack transparency
By Drazen Jorgic and Louis Charbonneau NAIROBI/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Somalia said it was reviewing several oil and gas deals that U.N. investigators say lack transparency and risk hindering development of the country's energy industry. Energy firms are cautiously eyeing Somalia's long coastline, an untapped frontier on the east African seaboard that has become an exploration hot spot after big gas finds in Mozambique and Tanzania. Somalia's southern neighbour Kenya has found oil. ...
Two dead in US school shooting after online warnings
A US student who had issued chilling warnings on Twitter opened fire in a school cafeteria on Friday, killing at least one person and critically injuring three before taking his own life. Terrified classmates dived for cover as the gunman, identified by media reports and fellow students as Jaylen Fryberg, launched his attack in a school in the northwestern state of Washington. We want to make sure we do this right and have all of the right answers," local police spokesman Robb Lamoureux told a press conference late Friday. As with previous such shootings, the episode revived debate on gun control, even though the gun involved was legally acquired.
WHO vaccines boss signs up as Ebola trial guinea pig
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The woman overseeing the rush to develop an Ebola jab has become one of the first volunteers to sign up to test the safety of candidate vaccines being developed. Marie-Paule Kieny, the World Health Organization's assistant director general for health systems and innovation, told Reuters that she signed up because it was the right thing to do. "I've never been a guinea pig in any medical trials but the result of these clinical trials are absolutely crucial. We need to know if they are safe and we need to know which dose should be used," she said. ...
Rwanda suspends BBC's local radio service over genocide documentary
KIGALI (Reuters) - Rwanda has suspended the BBC's local radio service after the broadcaster aired a documentary that questioned official accounts of the 1994 genocide, the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority said on Friday. "Rwanda: The Untold Story," which aired on Oct. 1, includes interviews with former aides to Rwandan President Paul Kagame, the former rebel leader, in which they accuse him of plotting to shoot down a plane carrying former President Juvenal Habyarimana, whose assassination marked the start of the 100-day genocide. ...
Libyan army claims control of large Islamist camp in Benghazi
BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - Libya's army and its allies have taken control of one of the largest camps of Islamist forces in the eastern city of Benghazi, military officials said on Friday. Gaining control of the camp, the first to be set up by rebels who helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, would mark further significant progress for the army after taking Benghazi's airport. ...
Bishop ousted as PGA of America president
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) ? Ted Bishop was never afraid to take a risk or share his strong opinions on any subject during his 23 months as president of the PGA of America. Ultimately, that wound up costing him his job.
Parseghian turned around moribund Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) ? Notre Dame's glory days seemed like a distant memory 50 years ago when Ara Parseghian took over as coach.
Vargas to take on Vogelsong in Game 4 of Series
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Even though Jason Vargas will be making his World Series debut for Kansas City in Game 4, the Fall Classic atmosphere in San Francisco will not be foreign to him.
Iran hangs woman for killing alleged rapist
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) ? Iran has hanged a woman convicted of murdering a man she said was trying to rape her.
Medical worker quarantined in New Jersey under new Ebola safeguards
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A medical worker quarantined in New Jersey on her return from treating Ebola victims in West Africa was being evaluated in a hospital isolation ward on Saturday after new contagion-control safeguards were imposed for America's biggest urban center. She was the first to be quarantined under a policy imposed on Friday by the states of New York and New Jersey requiring all health workers coming from Ebola-stricken West African countries to be automatically confined for monitoring during the 21-day incubation period of the virus. ...
Roberts scarcely mentions long ag record in Kansas
LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) ? One would hardly know from Republican Sen. Pat Roberts' campaign speech that he is revered as a champion of Kansas' all-important farm economy.
Mali's first Ebola case, a 2-yr-old girl, dies -officials
By Adama Diarra and Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - A two-year-old girl who was Mali's first case of Ebola died on Friday, shortly after the World Health Organization warned that many people had potentially been exposed to the virus because she was taken across the country while ill. The girl had travelled with her grandmother hundreds of kilometres by bus from Guinea via Mali's capital to the western town of Kayes, where she was diagnosed on Thursday. Health workers were scrambling to trace hundreds of potential contacts in a bid to prevent Ebola taking hold in Mali. ...
Attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 33 security personnel
By Yusri Mohamed ISMAILIA (Reuters) - Two attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killed 33 security personnel on Friday, security sources said, in some of the worst anti-state violence since Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year. The violence prompted Egypt to declare a three-month state of emergency in parts of North Sinai, where the violence took place, the state news agency reported. ...
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
Democrats try to regain lost votes outside cities
PERRY, Ga. (AP) ? In an arena usually reserved for rodeos and livestock shows, Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn told a boisterous crowd she was "glad to be home."
Mariota throws 5 TD pass, No. 6 Oregon beats Cal
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) ? Marcus Mariota made a rare mistake and threw an interception ? his first since the Oregon State game last season ? on a pass that was deflected twice.
Suspect arrested in death of 2 California deputies
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ? A man armed with an assault rifle shot three sheriff's deputies and a civilian, killing two of the deputies and leading dozens of police officers on a wild six-hour chase and manhunt Friday that spanned two Northern California counties before the 34-year-old suspect was taken into custody.
Renault chief sees Europe auto market slowing in 2015
French carmaker Renault chairman, Carlos Ghosn, said Saturday that he expects slower growth in Europe's auto market next year as it continues to recover from the global economic crisis. Ghosn, who is also Renault's chief executive officer, said the European market was growing at six percent so far this year -- the best since the 2007 crisis. "I'm expecting in 2015 this recovery to continue," Ghosn told journalists on the sidelines of an industry forum in China's commercial hub Shanghai. I think the increase will probably be more moderate than six percent... in line with GDP (gross domestic product) growth," he said, but gave no estimates for Renault alone.
Dallas nurse receives thanks, hug from Obama
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) ? A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for a Dallas patient who died of the disease walked out of a Washington-area hospital virus-free Friday and into open arms.