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Beijing bans Halloween costumes on subway ahead of APEC

BEIJING (Reuters) – Beijing police have warned people they face arrest for wearing Halloween fancy dress on the subway as it may cause crowds to gather and create…

Burkina president rejects opposition calls to step down

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore said on Thursday he would stay in power at the head of a transitional government until after elections, rejecting opposition…

U.S. Congress to revisit Islamic State war debate after election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When lawmakers return to Washington after Tuesday’s congressional elections they will resume a debate they began with some reluctance last month on the U.S.-led fight…

Japan coalition Komeito official says hard to raise sales tax as scheduled

TOKYO (Reuters) – A senior official in Komeito, the junior party in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition government, said on Friday it would be difficult to press ahead…

Myanmar calls meeting of political, military heavyweights

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s president and powerful military chief will hold an unprecedented high-level meeting on Friday with major political parties and ethnic minority groups as cracks widen…

Ukraine, Russia and EU have agreed gas deal – sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Negotiators from Ukraine, Russia and the European Union on Thursday agreed a deal on the resumption of Russian gas supplies to Ukraine and are to…

Anti-Muslim bullying on rise after Canada attacks

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Reports of anti-Muslim harassment in Canada have risen, Muslim organizations say, after attacks last week in which two soldiers were killed by people authorities say…

Clashes erupt as Israeli police kill Palestinian

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli police on Thursday shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce…

NEWS

Burkina Faso leader ‘to stay on’

Burkina Faso leader ‘to stay on’

31 October 2014 Last updated at 01:58 …

Burkina Faso leader ‘to stay on’

Burkina Faso leader ‘to stay on’

30 October 2014 Last updated at 23:21 …

Russia and Ukraine agree gas deal

Russia and Ukraine agree gas deal

31 October 2014 Last updated at 01:08 …

Emergency rule in Burkina Faso

Emergency rule in Burkina Faso

30 October 2014 Last updated at 21:03 …

State of emergency in Burkina Faso

State of emergency in Burkina Faso

30 October 2014 Last updated at 17:41 …

Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze

Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze

30 October 2014 Last updated at 13:44 …

Abbas warning over holy site closure

Abbas warning over holy site closure

30 October 2014 Last updated at 13:10 …

Apple chief: ‘I’m proud to be gay’

Apple chief: ‘I’m proud to be gay’

30 October 2014 Last updated at 13:14 …

US Ebola nurse defies quarantine

US Ebola nurse defies quarantine

30 October 2014 Last updated at 13:35 …

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US News

Nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail

CAPE ELIZABETH Maine (Reuters) – A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday,…

Suspect identified in eight graffiti vandalism cases in National Parks

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Federal officials have publicly identified a woman suspected of graffiti vandalism in at least eight national parks across the West, including Yosemite and Death…

Elusive Pennsylvania ambush suspect captured, ending manhunt

BLOOMING GROVE Pa. (Reuters) – The survivalist suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper and seriously wounding a second officer in a sniper attack in September was taken…

San Francisco to raise minimum wage to $11.05 per hour

(Reuters) – San Francisco will raise the city’s minimum wage to $11.05 per hour from the start of next year, up from $10.74 currently, the mayor’s office said…

National Guard arrives in Hawaii town threatened by lava

PAHOA Hawaii (Reuters) – National Guard troops arrived in a Hawaii town threatened by a slow-moving river of molten lava on Thursday, and were greeted with cheers by…

US police killing suspect captured

US police killing suspect captured

30 October 2014 Last updated at 23:30 Police have had Frein (background) in their sights for weeks …

Oklahoma teen arrested for threatening shooting spree at school

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – An Oklahoma teenager has been arrested on suspicion of making online threats to go on a shooting spree at his high school, law enforcement…

Pennsylvania boy who disappeared with father on sailboat found in South Pacific

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A 9-year-old boy reported missing after he disappeared with his father aboard a sailboat in Washington state has been located on an island in the…

District of Columbia panels weigh legalizing marijuana sales

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington lawmakers took a step toward legalizing the sale of marijuana in the U.S. capital on Thursday, holding a hearing on rules and taxes ahead…

Four dead, five injured after plane crashes at Kansas airport

WICHITA Kan. (Reuters) – Four people were killed, including the pilot, and five injured when a small airplane crashed into a building at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas,…

Australian News

‘Idiots’ owe top blokes a carton

‘Idiots’ owe top blokes a carton

Four southern tourists were lucky not to be drowned when they were trapped by a rising tide in a croc-infested river.…

Is the government pulling a sneaky one?

Is the government pulling a sneaky one?

The Abbot Point coal port is set for a major expansion. Photographer: Liam Kidston Source: News Corp Australia AUSTRALIA’S environment minister…

States agree to online NAPLAN

States agree to online NAPLAN

Breakthrough … Australian Education Ministers have reached a deal to move NAPLAN online. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied EDUCATION Ministers from Federal,…

McDonalds ‘sex attacker’ caught on film

McDonalds ‘sex attacker’ caught on film

Video Image Police have arrested the teen boy in this CCTV footage over a sex attack on a 5 year old…

Media Release: Three men arrested as meth supply syndicate is dismantled

Media Release: Three men arrested as meth supply syndicate is dismantled Release Date: Friday, October 31 2014, 02:59…

IS plot: ‘No, no, stay in Australia’

IS plot: ‘No, no, stay in Australia’

This man, believed to be Mohammad Ali Baryalei, told Islamic State sympathisers to carry out the depraved work of the death…

Vandals strike at Anzac Cove

Vandals strike at Anzac Cove

Signage … ANZAC Cove and the Gallipoli peninsula is dotted with memorials. Source: News Corp Australia VANDALS have struck again at…

No probe into ADF sex scandal

No probe into ADF sex scandal

A nation’s shame … ‘This is an issue that goes to the heart of our Defence forces,’ Senator Nick Xenophon says…

The big value of small business

The big value of small business

Aim…The Shop Small campaign aims to drive business back to the local level. Supplied Source: News Corp Australia NINE out of…

POLITICS

Abuse victims ‘want Woolf to quit’

Abuse victims ‘want Woolf to quit’

31 October 2014 Last updated at 02:35 Fiona Woolf is the current Lord Mayor of London …

‘Do more’ to tackle aid corruption

‘Do more’ to tackle aid corruption

31 October 2014 Last updated at 01:24 The report said some British aid had “perpetuated” corruption …

End ‘robotic’ drugs policy – MPs

End ‘robotic’ drugs policy – MPs

30 October 2014 Last updated at 16:45 The “genie is out of the bottle” on…

Labour pledge to boost English buses

Labour pledge to boost English buses

30 October 2014 Last updated at 23:59 The Labour leader will say people have been let down…

End ‘robotic’ drugs policy – MPs

End ‘robotic’ drugs policy – MPs

30 October 2014 Last updated at 16:45 The “genie is out of the bottle” on…

Miliband admits Scottish ‘challenge’

Miliband admits Scottish ‘challenge’

30 October 2014 Last updated at 20:44 …

Finance

REFILE-WRAPUP 2-BOJ shocks markets with surprise easing as inflation slows

(Refiles to fix formatting) * BOJ surprises, to buy more bonds, other assets * Move comes as inflation target looked increasingly elusive * Stocks rally to 7-year…

China’s CSI300 index hits highest since Sept 2013

SHANGHAI Oct 31 (Reuters) – China’s CSI300 Index rose 1.5 percent to 2,507.3 points on Friday afternoon, its highest level since Sept 2013, as traders bought into…

China and Hong Kong shares climb, Mengniu up after Danone’s deal

* HSI +0.9 pct, H-shares +1.1 pct, CSI300 +1.1 * Hong Kong indexes head for best month since July * Steel stocks up after China says to…

Asset sale not on the cards for Indonesia’s indebted Bakrie Group-sources

JAKARTA Oct 31 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s mining-to-telecoms conglomerate Bakrie Group will negotiate with creditors to restructure part of its $8 billion in debt rather than sell major…

U.S. judge tosses Paramount movie financing fraud case after trial

NEW YORK Oct 30 (Reuters) – Paramount Pictures won the dismissal Thursday of a lawsuit by investors in a slate of mid-2000s movies including “Mean Girls” who…

REFILE-SPECIAL REPORT-Tsunami evacuees caught in $30 billion Japan money trap

(Fixes headline) * Read this story in a PDF: reut.rs/1w9YZ9j * Tens of thousands face 4th winter in temporary shelters * Reconstruction funds stuck in banks across…

TRAVEL ADVICE

Guinea’s Ebola outbreak: what is the virus and what’s being done?

Guinea’s Ebola outbreak: what is the virus and what’s being done?

The medical aid charity Médecins sans Frontières warned this week that Guinea faces an Ebola epidemic “of a magnitude never before seen” as the nation’s president appealed…

Guinea’s Ebola outbreak: what is the virus and what’s being done?

Guinea’s Ebola outbreak: what is the virus and what’s being done?

The medical aid charity Médecins sans Frontières warned this week that Guinea faces an Ebola epidemic “of a magnitude never before seen” as the nation’s president appealed…

Guinea’s Ebola outbreak: what is the virus and what’s being done?

Guinea’s Ebola outbreak: what is the virus and what’s being done?

The medical aid charity Médecins sans Frontières warned this week that Guinea faces an Ebola epidemic “of a magnitude never before seen” as the nation’s president appealed…

Guinea’s Ebola outbreak: what is the virus and what’s being done?

Guinea’s Ebola outbreak: what is the virus and what’s being done?

The medical aid charity Médecins sans Frontières warned this week that Guinea faces an Ebola epidemic “of a magnitude never before seen” as the nation’s president appealed…

Guinea’s Ebola outbreak: what is the virus and what’s being done?

Guinea’s Ebola outbreak: what is the virus and what’s being done?

The medical aid charity Médecins sans Frontières warned this week that Guinea faces an Ebola epidemic “of a magnitude never before seen” as the nation’s president appealed…

Moldova

29 October 2014 29 October 2014 Latest update: editorial amendments The British Embassy, Chisinau is monitoring the situation in Ukraine closely. At present there appears to be…

OPINIONS

The hypocrisy of the ideological middle classes.

The hypocrisy of the ideological middle classes. In the week prior to the Local and European elections the National press, Twitter and the blogosphere were, to a…

Democracy, learning to live with it

Today I tweeted a rather banal statement in which I reasoned that democracy was fine as long as I agreed with its conclusions, (tweet) “I support democracy…

SPORT UK

LeBron James makes Cleveland Cavaliers return… but emotional comeback is marred by defeat against the New York Knicks

LeBron James makes Cleveland Cavaliers return… but emotional comeback is marred by defeat against the New York Knicks

NBA star Lebron James made an emotional return for his old franchise Cleveland Cavaliers lose against the New York Knicks   James describes it as ‘probably one…

Rio Ferdinand deserves a better swansong than the sad end he is enduring at QPR 

Rio Ferdinand deserves a better swansong than the sad end he is enduring at QPR 

Former England defender struggling after leaving Manchester United Rio Ferdinand wanted to work under Harry Redknapp again But experienced centre half lost his place two weeks ago …

Daniel Levy will tear up Tottenham scouting plans after squandering £86m from sale of Gareth Bale 

Daniel Levy will tear up Tottenham scouting plans after squandering £86m from sale of Gareth Bale 

Daniel Levy deeply unhappy with the performance of the team this season Tottenham chairman still backing head coach Mauricio Pochettino Spurs squandered vast sums on Paulinho, Nacer Chadli,…

Lewis Hamilton expects F1 to grow in the USA as he looks to build on championship lead in Austin

Lewis Hamilton expects F1 to grow in the USA as he looks to build on championship lead in Austin

Lewis Hamilton looking to build on 17-point championship lead Nico Rosberg hot on his tail and will hope to recover at US Grand Prix Hamilton met fans…

Lee Clark says Blackpool can get back into the Premier League but admits his first job is to keep the club in the Championship  

Lee Clark says Blackpool can get back into the Premier League but admits his first job is to keep the club in the Championship  

New Blackpool boss says promotion is a possibility in near future  Blackpool currently bottom of the championship, seven points from safety Clark acknowledges staying up would be ‘a tremendous…

Samuel Eto’o is a gift from the footballing gods says Everton boss Roberto Martinez

Samuel Eto’o is a gift from the footballing gods says Everton boss Roberto Martinez

Samuel Eto’o scored twice in Everton’s victory over Burnley on Sunday Toffees manager Roberto Martinez has claimed capture of former Barcelona and Chelsea frontman is a ‘gift…

SPORT US

10 Things to See in Sports: AP’s top sports photos

Here’s a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports. Images this week include a soccer game between…

10 Things to See in Sports: AP’s top sports photos

Here’s a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports. Images this week include a soccer game between…

10 Things to See in Sports: AP’s top sports photos

Here’s a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports. Images this week include a soccer game between…

10 Things to See in Sports: AP’s top sports photos

Here’s a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports. Images this week include a soccer game between…

10 Things to See in Sports: AP’s top sports photos

Here’s a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports. Images this week include a soccer game between…

10 Things to See in Sports: AP’s top sports photos

Here’s a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports. Images this week include a soccer game between…

ALL SPORTS

Young Gun: Cory Hill – NG Dragons lock

Young Gun: Cory Hill – NG Dragons lock

As Wales’ brightest talents spark an exodus from the Valleys it’s surprising to see one of their hottest prospects heading the other way – but Cory Hill…

Room 101: Dominic Moon – Preston Grasshoppers No.8

Room 101: Dominic Moon – Preston Grasshoppers No.8

1. Bad taste tattoos I’ve got a three-quarter sleeve tattoo and a dodgy one on my ankle from a holiday in Ibiza, so I’m not against tattoos…

20 Questions: Rob Webber – Bath hooker

20 Questions: Rob Webber – Bath hooker

Good season so far? Really good. Everyone’s working hard and we’ve been getting some good results. We just want to keep improving in the New Year. Been…

My Life in Rugby: Don Caskie – former London Scottish & Gloucester centre and Moseley & Georgia head coach

My Life in Rugby: Don Caskie – former London Scottish & Gloucester centre and Moseley & Georgia head coach

After my playing career I coached Georgia for the World Cup in New Zealand – an outstanding experience all-round. It is the pinnacle of most players’ career…

Room 101: David Seymour – Sale flanker

Room 101: David Seymour – Sale flanker

1. Overcooked steak I like my steak medium-rare, not oozing with blood but nicely pink. Quite often you’ll get asked how you’d like your…

Munster v Saracens teams

Munster: Felix Jones; Andrew Conway, Andrew Smith, Denis Hurley, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; James Cronin, Duncan Casey, BJ Botha; Dave Foley, Paul…

HEALTH

Ebola cases ‘slowing in Liberia’

Ebola cases ‘slowing in Liberia’

29 October 2014 Last updated at 20:40 …

Ebola cases ‘slowing in Liberia’

Ebola cases ‘slowing in Liberia’

29 October 2014 Last updated at 20:40 …

Ebola cases ‘slowing in Liberia’

Ebola cases ‘slowing in Liberia’

29 October 2014 Last updated at 20:40 …

Ebola cases ‘slowing in Liberia’

Ebola cases ‘slowing in Liberia’

29 October 2014 Last updated at 20:40 …

Ebola cases ‘slowing in Liberia’

Ebola cases ‘slowing in Liberia’

29 October 2014 Last updated at 20:40 …

World Bank plea for Ebola volunteers

World Bank plea for Ebola volunteers

28 October 2014 Last updated at 13:09 Health chiefs are worried the rate of…