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In U.S. Ebola fight, no two quarantines are quite the same

By Jonathan Allen and Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - (This story has been refiled to correct typographical error in first paragraph) In the U.S. battle against Ebola, quarantine rules depend on your zip code. For some it may feel like imprisonment or house arrest. For others it may be more like a staycation, albeit one with a scary and stressful edge. If they are lucky, the quarantined may get assigned a case worker who can play the role of a personal concierge by buying groceries and running errands. ...

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:58:06 -0400
Group says militants killed 600 Iraqi prisoners

BAGHDAD (AP) An international rights group says Islamic State militants carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country's second-largest city of Mosul in June.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:57:13 -0400
Protesters march on Burkina presidency after burning parliament

By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters marched on Burkina Faso's presidential palace after burning the parliament building and ransacking state television offices on Thursday, forcing President Blaise Compaore to scrap a plan to extend his 27-year rule. Emergency services said at least three protesters were shot dead and several others wounded by security forces when the crowd tried to storm the home of Compaore's brother. Security forces also fired live rounds and tear gas at protesters near the presidency in the Ouaga 2000 neighbourhood. ...

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:55:49 -0400
Protesters storm Burkina Faso parliament, set fire

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) Protesters stormed Burkina Faso's parliament Thursday, dragging furniture and computers onto the street and setting the main chamber ablaze, forcing the government to cancel a vote to allow the president to seek another term next year.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:53:29 -0400
Hundreds of Iraqi tribesmen opposed to Islamic State found in mass graves

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The bodies of 150 members of an Iraqi Sunni tribe which fought Islamic State have been found in a mass grave, security officials said on Thursday. Islamic State militants took the men from their villages to the city of Ramadi and killed them on Wednesday night and buried them, an official in a police operations center and another security official told Reuters. In a separate case, witnesses said they found 70 corpses from the same Albu Nimr tribe near the town of Hit in the Sunni heartland Anbar province. Security officials there were not immediately available for comment. ...

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:47:27 -0400
Clashes erupt as Israeli police kill Palestinian suspected of shooting Jewish far-rightist

Israeli policeman aims his weapon during clashes with Palestinians inside the old city of JerusalemBy Luke Baker 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 clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian uprising. The Al-Aqsa compound, or Temple Mount, which is a central cause of the latest violence, was closed to all visitors as a security precaution. It was the first full closure of the site, venerated by both Jews and Muslims, in 14 years Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced Israeli actions as "tantamount to a declaration of war". ...

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:44:34 -0400
U.S. jobless claims rise, but underlying labor market trends firming

Man holds a leaflet at a military veterans' job fair in CarsonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose for a second straight week last week, but remained at levels consistent with a firming labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000 for the week ended Oct. 25, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The four-week moving average of claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends as it irons out week-to-week volatility, fell 250 to 281,000. Claims at these levels indicate a strengthening in labor market conditions. ...

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:37:57 -0400
Milosevic's widow ridicules EU lifting sanctions

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Slobodan Milosevic's exiled widow has ridiculed the European Union's decision to lift a 15-year freeze on assets of the former Serbian strongman, saying that the family has no property outside Serbia.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:36:20 -0400
Trade, defense spending buoy U.S. third-quarter growth

Thanksgiving Day holiday shopper carries a discounted television to the checkout at the Target retail store in ChicagoBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A smaller trade deficit and a surge in defense spending buoyed U.S. economic growth in the third quarter, but other details of Thursday's report hinted at some loss of momentum in activity. Gross domestic product grew at a 3.5 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said on Thursday, beating economists' expectations for a 3.0 percent pace. While the pace of growth in business investment, housing and consumer spending slowed from the second quarter, all those categories contributed to growth. Despite decelerating from the fourth quarter's brisk 4. ...

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:35:04 -0400
Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom talks during a news conference Thursday Oct. 30, 2014, at the government building Rosenbad, in Stockholm, after Sweden's new government officially recognized a Palestinian state. Wallstrom said the Scandinavian country had decided on the move because the criteria of international law required for such recognition had been fulfilled, "There is a territory, a people and government," she told reporters in Stockholm. (AP Photo/Annika af Klercker) SWEDEN OUTSTOCKHOLM (AP) Sweden's new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:25:05 -0400
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