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Hong Kong students, officials talk but don’t agree

Student leader Alex Chow, center, speaks along with other leaders, during a news conference after the talks with the Hong Kong government officials, in Hong Kong Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Hong Kong student leaders and government officials held talks Tuesday to end pro-democracy protests now in their fourth week even as the city's Beijing-backed leader reaffirmed his unwillingness to compromise on the activists' key demand. Other leaders are from left to right, Joshua Wong, Yvonne Leung, Eason Chung, Lester Shum, Nathan Law, and the founder of the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement Chan Kin-man. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong student leaders and government officials talked but agreed on little Tuesday as the city's Beijing-backed leader reaffirmed his unwillingness to compromise on the key demand of activists camped in the streets now for a fourth week.



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Terrorist ideology blamed in Canada car attack

A car is overturned in the ditch in a cordoned off area in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec on Monday Oct. 20, 2014. One of two soldiers hit by a car died of his injuries early Tuesday, according to Quebec provincial police. Provincial police say the man sped off in his car after hitting the two soldiers in the parking lot of a shopping mall, starting a chase that ended with the man losing control and his car rolling over several times. The driver died from police gunfire. The second soldier's injuries are described as less serious. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Pascal Marchand)SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Quebec (AP) — A man who was shot and killed by police after he struck two members of the Canadian military with his car was "clearly linked to terrorist ideology," officials said Tuesday.



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Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow as jet hits snow plow

Christophe de MargerieBy Vladimir Soldatkin and James Regan MOSCOW/PARIS (Reuters) – Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic and outspoken chief executive of the French oil company Total , was killed when his private jet hit a snow plow as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night. His death leaves a void at the top of one of the world's biggest listed oil firms at a difficult time for the industry as oil prices fall and state-backed competitors keep them out of some of the best oil exploration territory. …



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Egypt sets appeal hearing for Al-Jazeera staff

CAIRO (AP) — A Cairo court has set an appeals hearing for three Al-Jazeera English journalists convicted of terrorism-related charges last June amid widespread international condemnation.
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Total CEO dead in runway crash; plow driver drunk

FILE - This Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, file photo shows French energy giant Total CEO, Christophe de Margerie, posing prior to a press conference held in Paris, France. The CEO of French oil giant Total SA was killed when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine Monday night at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, the company said. Total "confirms with deep regret and sadness" that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died in a private plane crash at the Moscow airport, the company said in a press release dated Tuesday and posted on its website. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)MOSCOW (AP) — Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday.



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Pistorius sentencing: Live Report

Oscar Pistorius holds the hands of family members as he is taken down to the holding cells before being transported to jailPretoria (AFP) – 13:18 GMT – AFP is closing its live report on the sentencing of Oscar Pistorius after a dramatic conclusion to his seven-month trial at South Africa's High Court in Pretoria. The ruling in brief:



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CVS tacks tobacco payment to prescription network

CVS tacks tobacco payment to prescription networkFirst, CVS Health pulled tobacco from its store shelves. Now, it plans to make some customers think twice about filling prescriptions at other stores that still sell smokes. The nation's second-largest …



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Italian police say discovered huge 1.7 bn corporate fraud

Italy's financial police said they had broken up a ring of companies they believe used false accounting to defraud the state of 1.7 billion euros ($2.2 billion) of taxRome (AFP) – Italy's financial police on Tuesday said they had broken up a ring of companies they believe used false accounting to defraud the state out of 1.7 billion euros ($2.2 billion) of tax.



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Iran president pledges to back Iraq amid attacks

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, left, meets with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, at Tehran's Saadabad Palace on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Rouhani said Iran will stand by its neighbor Iraq in its fight against the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group and will continue to provide Baghdad with military advisers and weapons, according to a report by the official IRNA news agency. He also criticized the U.S. for allegedly failing to sufficiently support Iraq. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Shiite powerhouse Iran has pledged enduring support for the Shiite-led government of Iraq in its battle against an ascendant Sunni insurgency spearheaded by the Islamic State group.



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EU to consider Ukraine request for extra 2 billion euros: Commission

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukraine has requested an extra 2 billion euros ($2.55 billion) and EU authorities will consider the loan request together with the International Monetary Fund, a European Commission spokesman said on Tuesday. “The Commission remains very committed to supporting Ukraine in line with earlier commitments,” spokesman Simon O’Connor said in an emailed statement. Ukraine’s energy minister was in Brussels on Tuesday for talks with his Russian counterpart and the European Energy Commissioner to try to resolve a dispute over Kiev’s unpaid gas debts to Russia. …
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Hong Kong officials, democracy protesters hold first talks 

A pro-democracy protester sit on a ladder in front of barricades in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong, early on October 21, 2014Hong Kong (AFP) – Hong Kong authorities and pro-democracy protesters Tuesday held their first talks aimed at ending weeks of rallies that have paralysed parts of the city, after its leader ruled out major reforms.



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Hong Kong students put their case to government, but no breakthrough

Pro-democracy protesters watch formal talks between student protest leaders and government officials on a video screen near the government headquarters in Hong KongBy James Pomfret and Clare Baldwin HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of Hong Kong protesters listened raptly from the streets on Tuesday as student leaders debated their call for full democracy for the Chinese-run city with government leaders to try end a weeks-long occupation of major traffic arteries. But, as had been widely expected, there was no breakthrough. Student leaders had yet to decide whether or not to hold a second round. …



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Special Report: U.S. visa program for crime victims is hit-or-miss prospect

Crime victim AND U visa applicant Reyes is pictured at at his home in AlbuquerqueIt was the week of Chinese New Year, and Jian Zhen Huang was climbing her sister’s doorstep in Brooklyn with cups and other supplies for the celebration inside. Oakland, California, has less than 5 percent of New York’s population, yet law enforcement there verified 2,992 immigrants during the same period – more than twice as many.



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Coke income falls in Q3, hit by slow economies, forex

Coke reported a slight fall in total operating revenues around the world to $11.98 billion for the quarter to September 26New York (AFP) – Soft drinks king Coca-Cola made headway in global volume sales in its third quarter but net earnings fell sharply, hit by slower economic growth and volatile currencies.



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Rwanda requires US, Spain visitor health reports

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Rwanda says that Rwanda’s Ministry of Health is requiring visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the previous 22 days to report their medical condition to health authorities.
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Pistorius starts five-year jail term for killing girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius holds the hands of family members as he is taken down to the cellsPretoria (AFP) – South African star athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend, in the climax to his sensational trial watched around the world.



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Snow plow driver in Total CEO plane crash was drunk: Russian investigators

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The driver of a snow plow involved in a deadly plane crash that killed the chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, in a Moscow airport late on Monday, was drunk, Russia’s Investigative Committee said. “At the moment, it is already established that the driver of the snow plow was in a condition of alcoholic intoxication,” said Russia’s Investigative Committee, an agency which answers to President Vladimir Putin. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Alexander Winning)
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Islamic State wins ground from Syrian government in east: monitor

Black flag belonging to the Islamic State is seen near the Syrian town of Kobani, as pictured from the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa provinceBEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State won territory from Syrian government forces in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Tuesday, its first gain there in about two months, a group that tracks the civil war reported. Fighters from both sides were killed during the clashes in Deir al-Zor city, about 450 km (280 miles) northeast of Damascus in a province bordering Iraq, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said without giving a death toll. Islamic State, which is being targeted by U.S. …



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WHO: Ebola vaccine trials in W. Africa in January

Health workers bury the body of a woman who is suspected of having died of the Ebola virus in Bomi county, on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Ebola has killed more than 2,000 people in her country and has brought it to "a standstill," noting that Liberia and two other badly hit countries were already weakened by years of war. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)GENEVA (AP) — The hunt for an Ebola vaccine will produce data soon about whether two experimental vaccines are safe and could lead to larger medical trials in West Africa by January, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday.



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Standing ovation at Met Opera despite protest

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, protestors attend the arrivals at the Metropolitan Opera 2014-15 Season Opening in New York to register their disapproval of the Met's decision to premiere the controversial opera "The Death of Klinghoffer," later in the season. The opera, about the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the murder of Jewish passenger Leon Klinghoffer, is expected to attract more protesters when it opens Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday for an emotional protest against a musical work about the death of a Jewish man they say glorifies his Palestinian killers.



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Relatives say snow plow driver in Total CEO plane crash never drinks: lawyer

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The driver of a snow plow involved in the plane crash that killed the chief executive of French oil major Total denies he is guilty and relatives say he never drinks, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Russia’s Investigative Committee said Vladimir Martynenko was in a condition of alcoholic intoxication when the snow plow he was driving was in a collision with the private jet carrying Christophe de Margerie. “He (Martynenko) is in shock. He considers himself guiltless as he followed all the instructions from the dispatcher,” lawyer Alexander Karabanov told Reuters. …
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Palestinians downbeat on promised rebuilding of ruined Gaza Strip

A Palestinian rides a donkey cart past damaged houses in the east of Gaza CityBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Noah Browning GAZA/RAMALLAH West Bank (Reuters) – The first torrential downpour of an approaching winter has already soaked the Gaza Strip, compounding the misery of thousands of Palestinians who scrambled to patch homes wrecked by the summer war with Israel. While Palestinian officials rejoiced at $5.4 billion pledged at an international aid conference last week toward reconstruction and shoring up their budget, many in Gaza fear that, as was the case after past wars with Israel, not all the money will materialize. …



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Nepal vows new rules after worst trekking disaster

FILE - In this v file photo, hospital personnel with the help of the relatives of the avalanche victims, shift the body of a victim onto a stretcher at a morgue at Teaching Hospital in Katmandu, Nepal. Nepal vowed to introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country’s worst hiking disaster last week left dozens dead. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal on Tuesday said it will introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country's worst hiking disaster left dozens dead last week.



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Reports: Televangelist urged vasectomies, abortion

File-This April 12, 1976, file photo shows Reverend Ernest W. Angley, Faith Healer from Grace Cathedral, Norfolk, Va. A newspaper reports that the Ohio televangelist advised church members not to have children, encouraged people to shun those who leave the fold and used free labor at his for-profit businesses. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Bruce Colwell)AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Televangelist Ernest Angley has long controlled members of his Akron-area congregation by advising them not to have children, shunning those who leave the church and using free labor at his for-profit buffet restaurant and television station, according to a two-month newspaper investigation.



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Pistorius starts five-year term for killing Reeva Steenkamp

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Pistorius is led to a prison van after his sentencing in PretoriaBy Joe Brock PRETORIA (Reuters) – Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius started his five-year jail sentence on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, marking the end of a trial that has gripped South Africa and millions around the world. His uncle, Arnold Pistorius, indicated he would not appeal. As judge Thokozile Masipa gave her decision on the 27-year-old's culpable homicide conviction, Pistorius, whose downfall has been likened to that of American football star O.J. Simpson, stood resolutely in the dock. …



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Ukraine and possibly rebels used cluster bombs: rights watchdog

KIEV (Reuters) – Evidence collected by Human Rights Watch suggests government forces have used cluster munitions in eastern Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists may also have done so, the New York-based watchdog said on Tuesday. Spokesmen for the Kiev government’s military operation and the pro-Russian rebels they are fighting in the east denied the accusations. Cluster bombs explode in the air, scattering dozens of smaller bomblets over an area the size of a sports field. Most nations have banned their use under a convention that became international law in 2010, but Ukraine has not signed it. …
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Flu drug aimed at Ebola may also fight norovirus, study finds

LONDON (Reuters) – An experimental Japanese flu drug that has hit the headlines because of its potential to fight Ebola may also work against norovirus, the winter vomiting bug, British researchers said on Tuesday. As with Ebola, the research is still at an early stage but a study in mice found that Fujifilm’s Avigan, or favipiravir, was effective at reducing — and in some cases eliminating — norovirus infection. The drug works by causing the virus to self-destruct in a process known as “lethal mutagenesis”, which causes errors in its genetic information. …
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Schools closed in ambush suspect search area

U.S. Marshals Service members aim their rifles toward the woods on Lower Swiftwater Road on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Swiftwater, Pa., during a massive manhunt for killer Eric Frein. (AP Photo / The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)A northeastern Pennsylvania school district closed its schools Tuesday after at least two reported sightings of the suspect in a deadly state police ambush.



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