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The Pfizer logo is seen at their world headquarters in New YorkLONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Pfizer is to continue buying back stock, with the board authorizing a new $11 billion share repurchase plan, deflating expectations that it will make a new bid for AstraZeneca. Shares in AstraZeneca fell 1.2 percent by 0800 GMT on Friday following the news. The largest American pharmaceuticals company, whose shares gained more than 1 percent after the announcement late on Thursday, said the move was in addition to the $1.3 billion remaining on its current share buyback program. ...


An exterior view of Bellevue Hospital in New York CityBy Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York on Friday after testing positive for the deadly virus, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city. The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed at least 4,900 people and perhaps as many as 15,000, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to World Health Organization figures. ...


  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:06:06 -0400
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's former prime minister, Donald Tusk, denied Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that their two nations carve up Ukraine.

In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, Jim Schaff, vice president of marketing with Yardarm, demonstrates how a sensor fits into an Airsoft replica of a Glock 17 handgun in San Francisco. A California-based startup has designed new law enforcement technology that aims to automatically alert dispatch when an officer's gun is unholstered and fired. Yardarm can also track where an officer's gun is located and in which direction it's fired. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired.


FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2014, photo, Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., makes a comment during a live televised debate with North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis at UNC-TV studios in Research Triangle Park, N.C. North Carolina’s Senate race boils down to a battle of extremes. At least that’s how Hagan and Tillis want voters to look at it. Running against President Barack Obama as much as he is against Hagan, Tillis calls the president’s health care law an “unworkable mess,” blasts American foreign policy as muddled and weak, and bemoans a $17 trillion-plus national debt. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, Pool)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Senate race boils down to a battle of extremes. At least that's how Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis want voters to see it.


BERLIN (AP) — Chemical and oil company BASF is warning that its profits will come in below its previous forecast in the wake of slower global economic growth and industrial production.
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:55:02 -0400

Swedish minesweeper HMS Kullen searches for what the military says is a foreign threat in the waters of the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden, on October 19 2014Sweden called off early Friday the hunt for a suspected submarine that sparked one of the largest mobilisation of the Nordic country's naval forces since the end of the Cold War. "At 8:00 am (0600 GMT) Friday morning, the main part of the maritime intelligence operation which had been underway in the Stockholm archipelago since the previous Friday was concluded," the armed forces said in a statement. The defence forces will hold a briefing later Friday to describe its conclusion from the week-long search in waters near the Swedish capital in what media speculated was a hunt for a Russian submarine. Reports last week of a "man-made object" in the water set off a search operation involving battleships, minesweepers, helicopters and more than 200 troops scouring an area about 30 to 60 kilometres (20 to 40 miles) from Stockholm.


  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:49:33 -0400

Aaron Yah, center, makes comments to reporters as he stands with Saymandy Lloyd, left, and Youngor Jallah during a protest outside of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Dallas. Jallah, daughter of Louise Troh who was Thomas Eric Duncan's fiance listens as Yah comments on the care Duncan received from the hospital before passing away from complications of the Ebola virus. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)WASHINGTON (AP) — The likelihood of a significant outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. is remote, in the view of a top Health and Human Services official who is assuring lawmakers that government agencies are preparing for any contingency.


A Pakistani health worker administers the polio vaccine to a child during a vaccination campaign in Lahore on October 21, 2014. A polio epidemic has hit a 15-year-highNadia Khan treasures two photos of her sister Sumbal: one showing her bright-eyed and smiling, the other blank-faced in death after she was gunned down by militants, a "martyr" in Pakistan's desperate fight against polio.


A farmer carries a fully grown cabbage after plucking it out from the main crop which will be harvested early next month, and used to make Kimchi, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at the Chilgol vegetable farm on the outskirts of Pyongyang, North Korea. It looks like the residents of Pyongyang won’t be lacking for cabbage and vegetables come next month, when the crops will be harvested. Providing enough food to feed the nation is always a struggle for North Korea, which suffered a near cataclysmic famine in the 1990s but has since managed to increase its agricultural production to what international organizations believe is closer to the self-sufficiency level than the country has seen in years. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Providing enough food to feed the nation is always a struggle for North Korea. But it looks like the residents of Pyongyang won't be lacking for cabbage and vegetables come next month, when the crops will be harvested.


Unemployed hairdresser and mother-of-three Yasmin Rubiano looks at documents at her flat in MadridBy Sonya Dowsett Madrid (Reuters) - Last year Madrid’s city and regional governments sold almost 5,000 rent-controlled flats to private equity investors including Goldman Sachs and Blackstone. At the time, the tenants were told their rental conditions would remain the same. But as old contracts expire, dozens of people have received demands for higher rent, been told their rents will increase dramatically, been threatened with eviction or moved out to escape the insecurity. Thousands of Spain’s poor now depend for their homes on the generosity of private equity. Jamila Bouzelmat is one of ...


  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:32:52 -0400
(Reuters) - Social housing in Spain is not generous. Rented social housing makes up just 2 percent of all residential property compared with 18 percent in Britain and 17 percent in France, according to the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing. The country’s investment in social housing is just 0.79 percent of Gross Domestic Product, about half the European average, according to Human Rights Watch. Rather than offer subsidies to help people rent cheaply, Spain’s government has focused on helping people to buy. ...
By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT (Reuters) - For decades, aid groups have assumed they know what's best for refugees and the poor; a growing body of evidence suggests they're wrong. Both academic research and practical experience, such as with the mass of Syrians fleeing civil war, shows that simply handing out traditional relief goods may not be the most effective way of helping the dispossessed. Aid agencies are tentatively also giving away cash and letting refugees decide for themselves what they need. ...
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:21:51 -0400

This undated photo taken from an Instagram posting shows an overlook of Crater Lake in Oregon with a rock painting. The National Park Service is investigating paintings and drawings of eerie faces found on rocks across the West in some of the country’s most recognizable wilderness areas, including Crater Lake. (AP Photo/Instagram)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of colorful, eerie faces painted on rocks in some of the West's most famously picturesque landscapes has sparked an investigation by the National Park Service and a furor online.


FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 file photo, U.S. Marine Pfc Joseph Scott Pemberton, a suspect in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino woman, is escorted to his detention as he arrives inside the compound of the Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines. American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them. The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila's uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)MANILA, Philippines (AP) — American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them. The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila's uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master.


By Felix Onuah and Umaru Fofana ABUJA/FREETOWN (Reuters) - Nigeria pledged on Thursday to send a contingent of 600 volunteers to help fight the worst ever outbreak of Ebola on record which has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa. With financial pledges flowing in from around the world but trained doctors and nurses scarce in the three worst effected countries -- Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the African Union appealed last week to member states to urgently fill the gap. ...
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:20:07 -0400

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2014, file photo, Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene speaks to supporters in Window Rock, Ariz. Deschene has lost another round in a language fluency dispute, all but ending his bid for office. The tribe's high court on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, upheld a ruling from a lower court that said Deschene is not qualified to seek the top elected post because he doesn't speak fluent Navajo. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The top court on the largest American Indian reservation ordered tribal election officials to postpone the Navajo Nation's presidential election and immediately reprint ballots without the name of a candidate who was disqualified in a language fluency case.


Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe addresses her maiden political rally in ChinhoyiBy MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe said on Thursday deputy president Joice Mujuru, potential successor to her 90-year-old husband Robert Mugabe, should resign, in an attack likely to widen divisions in the ruling party. Grace, leader of the women's wing of Mugabe's ZANU-PF party, has accused Mujuru of betraying the president by mobilising support for a possible challenge for the party leadership at a December congress. Mujuru - Mugabe's deputy for the last 10 years - has not responded to the attacks. ...


Scotland Yard said it "unreservedly apologises for any pain and suffering" caused by an undercover police officerLondon (AFP) - Police are to pay compensation to woman who had a child with a man she did not know was an undercover agent, the Guardian and BBC reported.


Anndee Hochman, left, and her wife Elissa Goldberg pose for a photograph Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at their home in Philadelphia. When gay marriage became legal in Pennsylvania earlier this year, Elissa Goldberg was ready to say "I do." Her longtime partner's reaction, however, was "I'm not so sure." They were wed in September by a rabbi in a small ceremony in front of their parents. It came 24 years and two days after they had told each other they were in this for the long haul. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)LOS ANGELES (AP) — When gay marriage became legal in Pennsylvania earlier this year, Elissa Goldberg was ready to say "I do." Her longtime partner's reaction, however, was "I'm not so sure."


South Africa's Hashim Amla bats during the one day international cricket match against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui on October 24, 2014South Africa crushed New Zealand to claim a 72-run victory in the second one-day international on Friday, inspired by a superb century from opening batsman Hashim Amla. In a see-sawing match, the Proteas initially blunted the Black Caps attack then endured a late batting collapse that restricted them to 282-9 before skittling the home team for 210 with 21 balls to spare. The win gives the tourists an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series and AB de Villiers' men could snatch the world number one ODI ranking from Australia if they complete a 3-0 whitewash in Hamilton on Monday. Amla rode his luck before finishing with 119 off 135 balls after South Africa lost the toss and were put in to bat, with Faf du Plessis contributing 67 and captain AB de Villiers 37.


By Manuel Mucari MAPUTO (Reuters) - Mozambique on Thursday opened up 15 new offshore and onshore areas for gas and oil exploration and production in its north, centre and south, a week after national elections which are expected to return the ruling Frelimo party to power. The blocks on offer in the latest licensing round launched in Maputo and London included three new areas of the northern Rovuma Basin, where U.S. oil major Anadarko Petroleum Corp and Italy's Eni are already developing multi-billion-dollar liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects. ...
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:12:47 -0400

FILE - PGA of America President Ted Bishop speaks next to the Presidents Cup trophy at a news conference at City Hall in San Francisco, in this July 2, 2014 file photo. The PGA of America president referred to Ian Poulter as a little girl on two social media accounts Thursday evening Oct. 23, 2014 for his comments on Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The PGA of America president referred to Ian Poulter as a little girl on two social media accounts Thursday evening for his comments on Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains.


NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's High Court halted work on a major rail line between Mombasa and Nairobi on Thursday, threatening to delay a government flagship project after a lawmaker raised objections over how landowners are compensated. Construction of the 447.5 billion shilling ($5 billion) standard gauge rail line, which is backed by China, was launched earlier this year by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and other east African leaders. ...
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:06:52 -0400

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, an unmanned spacecraft is launched atop an advanced Long March 3C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. China launched an experimental spacecraft Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Jiang Hongjing) NO SALESBEIJING (AP) — China launched an experimental spacecraft Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.


A health worker sprays a colleague with disinfectant during a training session for Congolese health workers to deal with Ebola virus in KinshasaBy Adama Diarra and Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali confirmed its first case of Ebola on Thursday, becoming the sixth West African country to be touched by the worst outbreak on record of the haemorrhagic fever, which has killed nearly 4,900 people. Mali's Health Minister Ousmane Kone told state television that the patient in the western town of Kayes was a two-year-old girl who had recently arrived from neighbouring Guinea, where the outbreak began. "The condition of the girl, according to our services, is improving thanks to her rapid treatment," the minister told state television. ...


A man identified by Royal Canadian Mounted Police as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau is seen in surveillance video as he exits a car and runs toward the Parliament buildings OttawaBy Randall Palmer, David Ljunggren and Leah Schnurr OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's capital faced a third day of heightened security on Friday as police searched for any clues that the man who shot and killed a soldier and charged into the parliament building had help in plotting his attack. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police ordered a detail of officers to remain with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, after it emerged that he briefly hid in a closet-like room during Wednesday's attack. ...


South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Pistorius is escorted to a police van after his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in PretoriaBy Ed Cropley PRETORIA (Reuters) - As Oscar Pistorius spent his first day behind bars this week, a suspected child rapist and murderer went on trial at the same Pretoria court in a case that has also provoked fierce debate about crime and punishment in post-apartheid South Africa. Although the two defendants, one wealthy and white, the other poor and black, are from opposite ends of a still-divided society, both cases have revealed an alarming lack of faith in the justice system of the "Rainbow Nation". ...


  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:01:19 -0400

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) greets San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy after an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Denver. The Broncos won 35-21. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:48:36 -0400
BERLIN (AP) — A survey finds that a downward trend in German consumer confidence has come to an end, despite cooler growth prospects for Europe's biggest economy.
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:37:15 -0400

CORRECTS YEAR - The Swedish minesweeper HMS Kullen under way in Namdo Bay, Sweden, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 on their fifth day of searching for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago. The navy has demanded a 1000-meter, (yard) no-go radius around naval vessels taking part in the current operation. (AP Photo/Fredrik Sandberg) SWEDEN OUTSTOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish authorities say they have called off their weeklong search for a suspected submarine in the Stockholm archipelago.


Police officers guard the building where Dr. Craig Spencer lives in New YorkBy Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa became the first person to test positive for the virus in America's largest city, setting off fresh fears about the spread of the disease. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said residents were safe to travel around the city, even as officials disclosed that Dr. Craig Spencer had ridden subways, taken a taxi and visited a bowling alley since returning from Guinea on Oct. 17. Spencer, 33, had worked with the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders in Africa. ...


In this Aug. 18, 2014 photo taken with a fisheye lens, people protest for Michael Brown who was killed by police Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri police, in advance of a grand jury decision on whether to charge a white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old, are making extensive preparations hoping to avoid a repeat of violent clashes between protesters and police. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri police have been brushing up on constitutional rights and stocking up on riot gear to prepare for a grand jury's decision about whether to charge a white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old in suburban St. Louis.


  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:25:45 -0400

A plant with words cutout "To grow freedom, to speak freedom" is displayed at the occupied area in Central of Hong Kong Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. As thousands of protesters block city streets demanding democratic reforms, the future of Hong Kong's exclusive — some would say purposefully opaque — election committee may prove key to defusing a high-stakes political standoff that has dragged on for nearly a month. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong plan to hold a spot referendum Sunday on whether to stay in the streets or accept government offers for more talks and clear their protest camps.


In this Sept. 1, 2014 file photo, Matthew Miller, an American detained in North Korea, serving a six-year sentence, speaks to The Associated Press in Pyongyang, North Korea. Why did North Korea free Jeffrey Fowle, and only him, when two other Americans, Miller and Kenneth Bae, remain in prison there? Probably because Pyongyang considered him the most minor of the three offenders, and may believe that releasing him could improve abysmal U.S. relations and even temper growing international criticism of its human-rights record. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — After an American was released from North Korean custody, the attention has now focused on two other U.S. citizens still in its jails, and at least one North Korean legal expert has some unusual advice to offer: let Washington formally apologize to Pyongyang, and the country's leader will consider pardoning them.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Pesky. Illegal. Effective?
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden calls off weeklong search for suspected submarine in Stockholm archipelago.

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room, in the Emergency Room of the hospital, during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients in New York. A doctor who recently returned to New York City from West Africa is being tested for the Ebola virus. The doctor had a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms and was taken Thursday to Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A doctor who became New York City's first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation's most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness began.


A Lincoln car is put on display at the "Auto China 2014" exhibition in Beijing in April 2014US automaker Ford has launched its first vehicles under the luxury Lincoln brand in China, the company said, as it seeks to make inroads into a market dominated by German cars. Ford announced in April that it would begin Lincoln sales in China in the autumn, adding to its other passenger car and commercial vehicle offerings in the country -- the world's largest auto market. Lincoln on Thursday launched a mid-sized sedan, the MKZ, priced from 315,800 yuan to 395,800 yuan ($51,770 to $64,885), according to a news release. Management consulting firm McKinsey has estimated that German automakers -- including Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen -- account for 80 percent of the "premium" market in China, which it defines as cars costing upwards of 200,000 yuan.


  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:05:00 -0400

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning during the game against the San Diego Chargers on October 23, 2014 in DenverFive-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning added to his latest record by throwing three touchdown passes to Emmanuel Sanders in the Denver Broncos 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers. The win comes four days after quarterback Manning broke Brett Favre's record for most career touchdown passes in a 42-17 demolition of the San Francisco 49ers. Against the Chargers, Manning completed 25-of-35 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns to bring his career National Football League touchdown total to 513.



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