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  • Kurds' battle for Kobani unites a people divided by borders

    Friday, 2:33 AM

    A Turkish policeman stands guard outside the gate of a camp that hosts Peshmerga fighters in the border town of SurucBy Isabel Coles ARBIL Iraq (Reuters) - Cloaked in Kurdish flags, thousands of people lined the roads to cheer on a military convoy headed for what was -- until recently -- an obscure Syrian border town, now the focus of a global war against the militants of Islamic State. The Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga were on their way to help fellow Kurds defend Kobani in a battle that has assumed huge significance in the United States' campaign to "degrade and destroy" the hardline Islamist insurgency. ...

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  • Protesters in Burkina Faso call for Compaore to step down

    Friday, 2:27 AM

    People load goods looted from a building, which according to locals, belongs to Francois Compaore, the younger brother of Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore, in OuagadougouOUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters marched in the capital of Burkina Faso on Friday demanding that President Blaise Compaore step down, a day after the military dissolved parliament and announced a transitional government in the face of violent mass protests. "We don't want him. We want him out of power. He is not our president," demonstrator Ouedrago Yakubo told Reuters. The demonstrators gathered at the main Place de la Nation and in front of the army headquarters. ...

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  • Russia may resume gas supply next week if Ukraine pays $2.2 bln -Gazprom

    Friday, 3:37 AM

    Russian Energy Minister Novak shakes hands with Ukraine's Energy Minister Prodan after gas talks at the EU Commission headquarters in BrusselsBy Denis Pinchuk and Olesya Astakhova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia may restart gas supplies to Ukraine as soon as next week if Kiev pays $2.2 billion worth of debts and pre-payments, Alexei Miller, head of state gas monopoly Gazprom, said on Friday. Moscow, Kiev and the European Union clinched a deal on Thursday that would resume supplies of Russian gas to Ukraine over the winter in return for payments funded in part by the Ukrainian government's Western backers. ...

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  • New taxes or not, Pennsylvania's next governor faces fiscal morass

    Friday, 4:06 AM

    Hillary Clinton waves to the crowd while being introduced by democratic challenger for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf at a "Women for Wolf" grassroots rally in PhiladelphiaBy Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Democrat who could oust Pennsylvania's Republican governor in November wants to reshape the state's personal income tax system to make it more progressive. But if he wins, Tom Wolf, who was Revenue Secretary under former Democratic Governor Ed Rendell, probably could not get the plan past the Republican legislature, one that did not even support most proposals from a fellow Republican, incumbent Governor Tom Corbett. Whichever candidate prevails, he faces a fiscal mess with few easy fixes. ...

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  • India pays low-key Indira Gandhi tribute 30 years after assassination

    Friday, 4:02 AM

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi (R) talks to her son and Congress Party's Vice President Rahul Gandhi (L) as they arrive to pay tribute at the memorial for former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi in New Delhi on October 31, 2014India's president Pranab Mukherjee, members of Nehru-Gandhi family and Congress leaders paid a low-key tribute Friday to Indira Gandhi on the 30th anniversary of the ex-premier's assassination. No ministers of India's new government attended the event honouring Gandhi, gunned down by Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984, in retaliation for ordering an attack on a revered Sikh shrine to clear out militants holed up in the complex. "I join my fellow countrymen and women in remembering former PM Indira Gandhi" on the anniversary of her death, right-wing Premier Narendra Modi tweeted to his 7.4-million followers. Indira Gandhi's daughter-in-law Sonia, 67, who cradled the leader's head in her lap as she bled to death, led those paying tribute.

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  • Eurozone inflation up, unemployment steady

    Friday, 3:49 AM

    The EURO logo is pictured in front of the European Central Bank, ECB in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, on October 26, 2014Eurozone inflation edged up to 0.4 percent from multi-year lows while unemployment was little changed, official data showed Friday, providing only limited reassurance that a modest economic recovery remains on track. Analysts said the figures were far from encouraging, with the European Central Bank likely to come under additional pressure from anxious governments to do more to get the economy moving again. The unemployment rate in September came in at 11.5 percent, unchanged compared with August and July. The inflation figure remains far below the 2.0 percent target set by the ECB, whose core mission is to ensure price stability.

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  • French 'roomies' lead the Colsaerts chase

    Friday, 3:28 AM

    Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium hits a fairway shot at the 9th hole of the second round during the BMW Shanghai Masters golf tournament at the Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai on October 31, 2014Nicolas Colsaerts boomed out a 64 to take the lead in the BMW Masters Friday, but it will be two French room-mates who will mount an assault on the Belgian in Saturday's third round. Alexander Levy is one shot behind Colsaerts on 13-under par after he followed his opening 65 with a solid 66 over the par-72 Lake Malaren layout. Romain Wattel -- who is sharing a room in Shanghai with long-time friend Levy -- shot 67 Friday to be third on 12-under 132. Levy, who earlier this month pipped Colsaerts to the title at the rain-shortened Portugal Masters, refuted any suggestion the two might get sick of the sight of each other, playing golf all day and then sharing a room all night.

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  • Golfing father G-Mac finds the perfect balance

    Friday, 2:50 AM

    Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland tees off at the 9th hole during the final day of the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament at the Shanghai Sheshan International Golf Club on November 3, 2013Former major winner Graeme McDowell believes that being the newest member of the European Tour's 'daddy club' has enabled him to re-focus on his game and achieve balance in his life. The 35-year-old Northern Irishman shot a solid three-under 69 Friday to lie well placed at eight-under par for the tournament, six shots behind leader Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium in the $7 million BMW Masters in Lake Malaren.

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  • Golf-U.S. PGA Tour CIMB Classic scores

    Friday, 2:24 AM

    Oct 31 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour CIMB Classic at the par-72 course on Friday in Kuala Lumpur 134 Billy Hurley III (U.S.) 67 67 136 Kevin Streelman (U.S.) 68 68 137 Kevin Na (U.S.) 69 68 Ryan Moore (U.S.) 68 69 Sergio Garcia (Spain) 69 68 Lee Westwood (Britain) 72 65 Noh Seung-Yul (South Korea) 68 69 Jeff Overton (U.S.) 68 69 Kevin Chappell (U.S.) 69 68 138 Jonas Blixt (Sweden) 69 69 Danny Lee (New Zealand) 69 69 139 Angelo Que (Philippines) 67 72 Prom Meesawat (Thailand) 68 71 Bae Sang-Moon (South Korea) 71 68 Brian Stuard (U.S. ...... read more

  • Monte Paschi, Carige to present recovery plans soon: Bank of Italy

    Friday, 3:53 AM

    The entrance of Monte dei Paschi bank headquaters is pictured in downtown SienaROME (Reuters) - Italy's Monte dei Paschi and Carige , the two banks that fared worst in the ECB's recent stress tests, will soon unveil plans aimed at strengthening their capital bases, and the Bank of Italy will oversee those plans' implementation, the head of the Italian central bank said on Friday. Ignazio Visco added that bad loans were still a problem for Italy's banking sector. He said that small and medium-sized banks that were not part of the ECB's stress tests would have to improve their capital base, their governance, risk controls, efficiency and productivity. ...

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  • HTC makes slim profit in 'challenging quarter', but better than last year

    Friday, 3:49 AM

    HTC makes slim profit in 'challenging quarter', but better than last yearThe HTC One M8 and Desire smartphones have helped HTC avoid a second cruel summer of losses.>

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  • Continental AG CEO says Audi recall no threat to guidance

    Friday, 3:44 AM

    Degenhart, CEO of Germany's Continental AG speaks during the 'International CAR Symposium' in BochumMUNICH (Reuters) - Continental said a fault with airbags installed at premium sportscar maker Audi could cost a double-digit million euro amount to fix, a sum which the German automotive supplier could absorb without revising its earnings guidance. Earlier this month Audi said it was recalling 850,000 cars worldwide, because potentially faulty software may prevent airbags on its A4 model from deploying. "We are the supplier of the system", Continental's Chief Executive Elmar Degenhart told journalists in Munich on Thursday evening, in remarks which were embargoed for Friday. ...

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  • Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis

    Friday, 4:12 AM

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 file photo, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission, speaks at United Nations headquarters in New York. The head of Africa’s continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week - months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week — months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later.

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  • Japan's central bank shocks markets with more easing as inflation slows

    Friday, 3:27 AM

    Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda walks into a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in TokyoBy Leika Kihara and Tetsushi Kajimoto TOKYO (Reuters) - The Bank of Japan shocked global financial markets on Friday by expanding its massive stimulus spending in a stark admission that economic growth and inflation have not picked up as much as expected after a sales tax hike in April. BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda portrayed the board's tightly-split decision to buy more assets as a preemptive strike to keep policy on track, rather than an admission that his plan to reflate the long moribund-economy had derailed. ...

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  • Siemens seen picking EQT for hearing aids next week

    Friday, 2:30 AM

    MUNICH/LONDON (Reuters) - Siemens is likely to pick EQT next week to buy its hearing aids unit for about 2 billion euros ($2.5 billion), two sources familiar with the matter said. Danish hearing aid maker GN Store Nord was also in the running. Private equity firm Permira, which had been interested, is now out of the race, another source close to the matter said. Siemens' board is expected to make a decision on the matter next Wednesday, all three sources said. Siemens and EQT declined to comment. ...... read more