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An ambulance carrying Cuban doctor Felix Baez leaves Cointrin airport in GenevaHAVANA (Reuters) - The Cuban doctor who contracted Ebola while treating patients in Sierra Leone is improving with each day and eating normally, though he is still weak, a Swiss hospital said on Friday. Felix Baez, 43, arrived at University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) a week ago for treatment of the disease that has killed more than 5,600 people since March, mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Baez is one of 256 Cuban doctors and nurses sent to West Africa to treat patients, a commitment that has won wide international praise for the poor, Caribbean island. "Today, Dr. ...


NIAMEY (Reuters) - Parliament in Niger, one of Africa's newest oil producers, adopted on Friday a budget of 1.7 trillion CFA francs ($3.22 billion) for 2015, an increase of nearly 2 percent from this year, according to the text of the budget bill. Investment spending will also increase by over 3 percent to 1.02 trillion CFA francs, making up nearly 60 percent of the total budget. Priority spending areas include security, food security, energy, education and health, Finance Minister Gilles Baillet said in his budget expose. Niger's economy is on track to expand by 6. ...

A protester is taken into custody Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Several protesters have been taken into custody during a demonstration outside the police department. Tensions escalated late Friday during an initially calm demonstration after police said protesters were illegally blocking West Florissant Avenue. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Disrupting commerce, transit and traffic became focal points for demonstrators across the country days after the announcement that a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri declined to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.


  Sat, 29 Nov 2014 02:36:47 -0500

Pope Francis stands at the mausoleum of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Under heavy security measures Pope Francis arrived in Turkey for a three-day visit. (AP Photo)ISTANBUL (AP) — Pope Francis visits two of Turkey's most iconic sites and shifts gears toward more religious affairs as he arrives in Istanbul for the second leg of his three-day visit to the Muslim nation.


Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou, center, arrives at a polling station to cast his votes in the local elections including Taipei mayor in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. Taiwan's relations with historic foe China are playing a key role in local elections on the self-ruled island Saturday as the ruling Nationalist Party meets increased resistance to forging stronger ties with Beijing. (AP Photo/Central News Agency)TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's relations with historic foe China are playing a key role in local elections on the self-ruled island Saturday as the ruling Nationalist Party meets increased resistance to forging stronger ties with Beijing.


  Sat, 29 Nov 2014 02:28:51 -0500

Demonstrators lie down with signs of protest inside the Galleria shopping mall on November 28, 2014 in Brentwood, MissouriPolice in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson arrested 15 people after fresh protests over a grand jury decision not to indict a white policeman for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager. The arrests came after protesters forced a crowded St Louis mall to close for around two hours earlier in the day, demanding a boycott of post-Thanksgiving shopping and justice for Michael Brown. Monday's announcement that officer Darren Wilson will not face charges sparked demonstrations, arson and eruptions of gunfire in Ferguson, and protesters were again out on the streets in the predominantly black suburb on Friday after the rallies looked to peter out.


A protester holds a sign outside a burning Walgreens drug store after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriBy Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Demonstrators shut down a shopping mall near Ferguson, Missouri, at the start of the holiday shopping season on Friday as protests over the killing of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer turned on some retailers around the country. After a quiet Thanksgiving Day, protesters were out in force again to vent their anger at Monday's decision by a grand jury not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb. ...


  Sat, 29 Nov 2014 01:34:52 -0500

Protesters of the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting chant slogans at the St. Louis Galleria mall on Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, 2014, in Richmond Heights, Mo. They stayed in the mall for about 15 minutes and then left peacefully without confrontation with a large police presence. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbres)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Demonstrators temporarily shut down three large malls in suburban St. Louis on one of the busiest shopping days of the year and then marched in front of the Ferguson police department to protest a grand jury's recent decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.


About 200 people demonstrate at a plaza near the historic water tower, located along Chicago's Michigan Avenue, on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Chicago. The protestors called on people to boycott shopping on Black Friday as a show of solidarity with protesters in Ferguson Missouri. At one point the demonstrator lay down on the cold ground in a silent protest. (AP Photo/Sara Burnett)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protesters turned out in several U.S. cities on one of the busiest shopping days of the year Friday in response to a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.


Police tape marks off the scene after authorities shot and killed a man who they say opened fire on the Mexican Consulate, police headquarters and other downtown buildings early Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Austin, Texas. In the distance, police cars surround the suspect's vehicle parked near the Interstate 35 overpass. (AP Photo/Jim Vertuno)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A gunman fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings in Austin and tried to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze early Friday before he died during a confrontation with police, authorities said.


John Lobo, 29, performing as Venezuela's late president Hugo Chavez, performs in the star role of the "Ballet of the Spider-Seller to Liberator", at the Teresa Carreno Theater in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Venezuela has found yet another way to honor the late leader who launched Venezuela’s socialist revolution 15 years ago. A state-sponsored ballet about his life premieres, with dozens of performers recounting Chavez’s life, from humble roots, to failed coup, to international fame. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)CARACS, Venezuela (AP) — In life, Venezuela's exuberant leader Hugo Chavez often captivated supporters by bursting into song, even the occasional dance. Now that he's gone, supporters are turning to the musical arts to help immortalize him.


  Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:36:32 -0500

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2007 file photo, the 6,010-meter Huayna Potosi is seen above La Paz. El Alto and its sister city of La Paz, the world's highest capital, depend on glaciers for at least a third of their water, more than any other urban sprawl. But that supply is in peril. Global warming has doomed the world's tropical glaciers. Negotiators from more than 190 countries will meet Dec. 1, 2014, in the Peruvian capital, for two weeks to work on drafts for a global climate deal that is supposed to be adopted next year in Paris. (AP Photo/Dado Galdieri, File)LIMA, Peru (AP) — Energized by new targets set by China and the United States, the world's top climate polluters, U.N. global warming talks resume Monday with unusual optimism despite evidence that human-generated climate change is already happening and bound to get worse.


  Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:29:12 -0500

Joakim Noah delivered 15 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and six blocks in his return to the lineup as the Chicago Bulls improved to 3-3 on their recent road trip with a 109-102 win over BostonJimmy Butler drained four clutch free throws down the stretch for the Chicago Bulls, who improved to 3-3 on their recent road trip with a 109-102 win over Boston. Butler finished with 22 points and Derrick Rose had 21 for Chicago, who began the final quarter on an 11-2 run to grab a 96-93 lead and the score stayed close the rest of the way. "I like the direction we are headed," said Butler. Joakim Noah delivered 15 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and six blocks in his return to the lineup.


  Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:00:30 -0500
Today is Saturday, Nov. 29, the 333rd day of 2014. There are 32 days left in the year.
By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Protesters angered by a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer for killing an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, entered a pair of shopping malls in downtown Seattle on Friday and disrupted a tree-lighting ceremony. More than 120 people were marching when a group broke off, went through Pacific Place mall and chained shut two doors, Seattle Police Department spokesman Patrick Michaud said. Seattle police later said on Twitter that a total of five people were arrested in the protests. ...

In this photo provided by Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness, some of New York City’s wealthier residents sit down to a holiday dinner with some of the city’s homeless at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Wealthier New Yorkers paid $100 a plate to sit with some of their less fortunate neighbors to a dinner, which included roasted turkey, buttered mashed potatoes, red velvet cake and pumpkin cheesecake. (AP Photo/Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness, Carolyn Gragano)NEW YORK (AP) — Some well-off Manhattan residents paid $100 Friday for the honor of eating a candlelit holiday dinner with homeless people at a church, an intersection of two worlds that left one down-on-his luck man thinking the seemingly impossible.


  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 23:12:22 -0500

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice smiles on the sideline during the second half of a preseason NFL on football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Baltimore. Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, which has been "vacated immediately," the players' union said Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)NEW YORK (AP) — An arbitrator Friday threw out Ray Rice's indefinite suspension by the NFL for hitting his then-fiancee and now wife in a hotel elevator, freeing him to play again.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Ebola scare has subsided in the United States, at least temporarily, but an Alabama manufacturer is still trying to catch up with a glut of orders for gear to protect against the disease.

French President Francois Hollande has his temperature measured upon his arrival at the Donka hospital in Conakry, Guinea, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, as part of a one day visit in Guinea focused on Ebola situation. Hollande is set to become the first Western head of state to visit one of the west African countries worst hit by Ebola as he flies into Guinea for a brief stopover.(AP Photo/Alain Jocard,Pool)CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — French President Francois Hollande brought a message of hope to Guinea on Friday, where thousands of residents lined the roads while clapping, drumming and dancing to catch a glimpse of the first Western leader to visit a country hard hit by Ebola.


  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 22:38:47 -0500

FILE - This Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 file photo shows Jacqueline Woodson, winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, attending the 65th Annual National Book Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Woodson addressed Daniel Handler's (aka "Lemony Snicket) racist joke, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, with an eloquent, unflinching response in The New York Times. Handler previously made offhanded comments about Woodson being allergic to watermelon while hosting the National Book Awards. Woodson was accepting an award in the young adult category for her latest book "Brown Girl Dreaming." (AP Photo/National Book Foundation, Robin Platzer, File)Author Jacqueline Woodson addressed Daniel Handler's (aka "Lemony Snicket") racist joke, Friday, with an unflinching response in The New York Times.


A view shows debris at a school following what activists said were U.S.-led air strikes against the Islamic State, in RaqqaBEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's foreign minister said U.S.-led air strikes had failed to weaken Islamic State it in Syria and the jihadist group would not be tackled unless Turkey was forced to tighten border controls. A U.S.-led alliance started attacking Islamic State targets in Syria in September as part of a wider effort to destroy the al Qaeda offshoot that has seized large areas of the country and neighboring Iraq. ...


People gather at the site of a bomb explosion in Kano, Nigeria, Friday Nov. 28, 2014. An explosion tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, and officials feared the casualty toll would be high. Capt. Ikechukwu Eze said the Friday blast occurred at the main mosque in the city of Kano. Hundreds had gathered to listen to a sermon in a region terrorized by attacks from the militant group Boko Haram. (AP Photo/Muhammed Giginyu)KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Multiple explosions tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, killing 35 people, police said.


Nine-year-old Jason Rivera, left, and Elijah Martinez, 11, appear at a news conference, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at Westchester Medical Center's Maria Fareri Children's Hospital in Valhalla, N.Y. The boys spent seven hours trapped in the snow the night before until an alert police officer saw a shovel half buried and started to dig. (AP Photo/Times Herald-Record, Leonard Sparks)NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Two boys trapped in a snow pile for about seven hours after a plow buried them could hear their worried family's cries but couldn't respond loudly enough to be heard, they said Friday. Police credited an air pocket with saving their lives.


By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 200 people angered by a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer for killing an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, sought to disrupt Black Friday shopping in New York with a protest in front of Macy's flagship store. A small group of the protesters took their rally to the Manhattan department store's ground floor for a few minutes, as staff and shoppers seeking post-Thanksgiving bargains looked on in apparent surprise. Some shoppers took pictures of the protests with their cell phones. ...
  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:30:29 -0500

US actor Mickey Rourke, right, holds up his guard against his opponent Elliot Seymour of the United States, during their professional boxing match, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow,Friday, Nov, 28, 2014. Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)MOSCOW (AP) — Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout.


Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan, right, runs the ball as UCLA defensive lineman Takkarist McKinley gives chase during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — When Kevin Hogan led Stanford onto the hallowed Rose Bowl turf for the fourth time in three years, the quarterback realized the stakes were a whole lot higher for No. 9 UCLA, which could clinch the Pac-12 South with a victory.


Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon (12) celebrates with fans after defeating Arizona State 42-35 during an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez didn't want the score of the UCLA-Stanford game to be displayed inside Arizona Stadium, nor did he want word to leak down to the sideline.


Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk throws a pass during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — After three quarters smothered by Arkansas, Missouri found a way out. It's been that way most of the year, simply finding ways to get the job done.


  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:56:41 -0500

Shoppers head into Target just after thei doors opened at midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday seemed a little less crazy this year.


Target shoppers Kelly Foley, left, Debbie Winslow, center, and Ann Rich use a smartphone to look at a competitor's prices while shopping shortly after midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday shoppers are starting to look like procrastinators.


This photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 and provided by Ohio State university shows college football player Kosta Karageorge in Columbus, Ohio. The mother of a missing Ohio State football player has told police he texted her about his prior concussions the morning he disappeared. A missing-person report filed with Columbus police Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, 2014, says Karageorge told his mother he was sorry if he was an embarrassment but concussions had his head messed up. The 6-foot-5 senior missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and has not been heard from. (AP Photo/Ohio State University, Jay LaPrete)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A missing Ohio State University football player told his mother in a text message the day he disappeared that concussions had his head messed up, according to a report filed with police.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say corn was in the stomachs of two dozen crows and it was likely tainted, causing their deaths in downtown Portland this week.
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Police say a former cast member of MTV's "The Real World: New Orleans" has died in Wisconsin.
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle protesters entered a downtown shopping mall on Friday afternoon and chained shut at least two doors at an entrance, police said. More than 120 people, many expressing anger over a grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, were marching in Seattle when a portion broke off, went through Pacific Place mall and chained shut two doors, Seattle Police Department spokesman Patrick Michaud said. (Reporting by Jimmy Lovaas in Seattle; Writing by Eric M. Johnson)
  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:56:23 -0500

In this image released by Disney, a scene is shown from the upcoming film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," expected in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/LucasFilm, Disney)A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a helmetless storm trooper appeared in frame, panicked and sweaty in the middle of vast desert landscape, kicking off the first official look at "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."


In this Oct. 27, 2014, photo, Sarah Swingle, of Charleston, S.C., with the Humane Society of the United States, stands immobilized in a human-sized "gestation crate," in front of the Statehouse, in Trenton, N.J. Swingle's demonstration was part of the society's efforts to have Gov. Chris Christie sign legislation that would require state agriculture officials to adopt regulations concerning confinement of pregnant pigs. Christie has until Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, to decide whether to sign the bill. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a politically charged bill that would have banned the use of certain pig cages in his state, a move many observers see as aimed at appeasing Iowa voters ahead of a potential 2016 presidential run.


  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:40:17 -0500

FILE - In this July 26, 2014 file photo, Diem Brown attends the 17th Annual Super Saturday Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Benefit, presented by QVC, at Nova's Ark Project in Water Mill, in New York. Brown, 32, has lost a long battle with cancer. The reality star and advocate for cancer survivors died Friday , Nov. 14, 2014, in a New York hospital, according to E! Network correspondent Alicia Quarles. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Nov. 14 reporting the death of Diem Brown, The Associated Press reported erroneously that she was 32, based on statements Brown gave to the media. Her family has confirmed she was 34 when she died.


This undated photo provided by the Portsmouth Police Department, in New Hampshire, shows Roger Pelletier, who has been charged with felony counts of burglary and cruelty to animals, as well as simple assault after he tried to strangle his neighbor’s barking dog but ended up getting bitten and arrested. (AP Photo/Portsmouth Police Department)PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire police say a man who broke into his neighbor's apartment to silence a barking dog ended up getting bitten and arrested.


  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:17:49 -0500

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose falls after being tripped while driving against the Boston Celtics in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — Jimmy Butler hit four free throws late in the game and finished with 22 points, Derrick Rose scored 21 points and the Chicago Bulls pulled out a 109-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday.


A Walmart employee helps a customer with a 50" TV on sale for $218 on Black Friday in BroomfieldBy Nandita Bose and Nathan Layne WEST HARTFORD, Conn./CHICAGO (Reuters) - Mall crowds were relatively thin on Black Friday in a sign of what has become the new normal in U.S. holiday shopping: the mad rush is happening the night of Thanksgiving and more consumers are picking up deals online. Across the United States, shoppers were greeted by protesters at hundreds of stores - some calling for higher wages at Wal-Mart Stores Inc , others protesting the decision of a grand jury not to indict a white police officer in the August shooting of an 18-year-old unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri. ...



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