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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's al-Qaida branch on Friday denounced the Islamic State group for declaring a caliphate on territory it seized in Syria and Iraq and for aggressively seeking to expand its area of influence.

11/21/2014 8:01:27 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama's immigration executive actions would boost the economy by expanding the U.S. labor force and increasing worker productivity. It says average wages would rise over a 10 year period, a claim that Obama critics and even some labor allies dispute.

11/21/2014 8:00:34 AM

Rene Perez Joglar, left, and Eduardo "Visitante" Cabra, of the musical group Calle 13, perform on stage at the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Enrique Iglesias picked up his first Latin Grammy in more than a decade Thursday, winning three trophies including song of the year for his platinum hit, "Bailando," while Calle 13 set a record for most Latin Grammy wins with 21.


11/21/2014 7:58:28 AM

By Kaori Kaneko and Sumio Ito TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policies are working well but the blow to the economy from an April sales tax hike has been bigger than expected, a key adviser to Abe said on Friday. Koichi Hamada, professor emeritus of economics at Yale University, also said the overall economy would benefit if the yen weakened to 120 yen per dollar but added that steps were needed to reduce any negative impact on consumers. Abe dissolved parliament's lower house on Friday for a snap election expected on Dec. ...

11/21/2014 7:58:17 AM

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday if the country returns to a period of excessive yen strength it would lead to a further hollowing out of manufacturing and job losses. Abe, speaking to reporters, said now the yen was weakening the era of companies shifting jobs overseas was over. Abe also said he wanted to support low-income households with tax transfers to rural governments. (Reporting by Stanley White; Editing by Alex Richardson)

11/21/2014 7:58:17 AM

Militant Islamist fighters waving flags, travel in vehicles as they take part in a military parade along streets of Syria's northern Raqqa provinceBy Raheem Salman and Dominic Evans BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters attacked a government complex in the heart of an Iraqi provincial capital on Friday, local officials said, in an apparently coordinated effort to seize full control of the city. Gunmen fired from rooftops at buildings in Ramadi housing the Anbar governorate offices and police headquarters, while security forces and tribal fighters tried to prevent the militants from advancing. "Mosques are asking anyone who can carry weapons to confront the attackers," provincial council member Hathal Fahdawi told Reuters. ...


11/21/2014 7:56:51 AM

By Joe Penney NORTH OF TIMBUKTU Mali (Reuters) - If the French army and its allies are to keep al Qaeda at bay in the desert of northern Mali they must stop them seizing the biggest prizes in the sea of white sand - the wells. So this month a column of soldiers from France, Burkina Faso and Mali, in armoured vehicles and pick-up trucks, churned towards a village north of Timbuktu where herders water camels and goats. They were looking for signs of infiltration by militants who need water as much as the locals do and aim to convert villages to their ideology. ...

11/21/2014 7:52:43 AM

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, left, shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Biden is also visiting Turkey and is the latest in a stream of U.S. officials who have traveled to Turkey to urge Ankara to step up its role in fighting Islamic State militants in neighboring Syria. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says Russia must uphold its end of a truce in east Ukraine in order to resolve the conflict which has claimed at least 4,300 lives since March.


11/21/2014 7:52:35 AM

Heavy equipment moves snow at the Central Terminal that was removed from south Buffalo neighborhoods after heavy lake-effect snowstorms on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday, yet residents still couldn't breathe easy, as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and more roofs collapsing under the heavy loads. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday, yet residents still couldn't breathe easy, as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and more roofs collapsing under the heavy loads.


11/21/2014 7:52:15 AM

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland police say they are questioning four suspected members of an Irish Republican Army faction after stopping a car in Catholic west Belfast and finding a loaded assault rifle.

11/21/2014 7:50:18 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The father of Michael Brown is making a plea for peace, regardless of whether the grand jury decides to charge the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot his unarmed son.

11/21/2014 7:47:24 AM

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Abe dissolved the lower house of Japan’s parliament earlier on Friday, forcing a snap election in an apparent bid to shore up support for his scandal-plagued government so that he can pursue his policy goals. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)Why call an election now? Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants a snap election on Dec. 14 to focus on his economic policies. Analysts and the opposition say it's really about political timing, maximizing his chances of getting a fresh mandate before his party's support weakens.


11/21/2014 7:46:07 AM

In this Nov. 19, 2014 photo, a resident waits in front of her wooden shack to offer food to Buddhist monks as they wind through the streets in Hlaing Tharyar, northwest of Yangon, Myanmar. In its latest World Giving Index, the U.K.-based Charities Aid Foundation said Myanmar shared the top spot with the United States. The foundation ranked countries based on the percentage of people who said they had donated money, volunteered or helped strangers in the month before they were surveyed. It attributed Myanmar’s giving to the charitable traditions of Theravada Buddhism. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)HLAING THARYAR, Myanmar (AP) — "The food cart is coming!" the hungry little boy shouts, his face lighting up.


11/21/2014 7:42:40 AM

In this handout still image of a television advertisement, released by Sainsbury's on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, two actors dressed as British and German World War I soldiers shake hands. The 40-second mini-movie depicts the 1914 Christmas Truce, when soldiers lay down their arms for a few hours to celebrate the holiday together in no-man's land. (AP Photo/Sainsbury's)LONDON (AP) — Artillery booms. A trench comes into view. Soldiers huddle into their overcoats for warmth.


11/21/2014 7:37:10 AM

By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A surge in reports of rape, torture and kidnapping of girls in Tanzania shows that the introduction of specialist units in police stations is giving survivors confidence to report these crimes, a senior official has said.     However, critics said police need to do more to secure prosecutions in the country where nearly one in three girls experiences sexual abuse before the age of 18, according to the United Nations children's fund. ...

11/21/2014 7:34:58 AM

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