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U.S. attorney general urges restraint ahead of Ferguson grand jury decision

Prosecutors made preparations to announce the decision by a grand jury on whether to charge a white police officer who shot dead Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, and some local schools said on Friday they would close next week in anticipation of unrest.

11-year-old Japanese hockey prodigy continues to amaze

The 11-year-old Japanese hockey player that took the internet by storm with his highlight reel video is back with a second installment.

ISIS thwarted in its drive for Syria-Turkey border city

More than two months into its assault on Kobani, ISIS is still pouring fighters and resources into trying to capture the besieged Syrian Kurdish town, but the drive has been blunted.

Plague outbreak in Madagascar kills 40 people since late August, WHO reports

A plague outbreak in Madagascar has infected 119 people, including 40 deaths, the World Health Organization said Friday in warning about the risk of spread in the densely populated capital.

Sandy Hook shooter Lanza 'appeased' by mother, schools, report says

The school system unwittingly enabled Adam Lanza's mother in her preference to "accommodate and appease" him as he became more withdrawn socially, according to a report issued Friday on the man who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Israel says Hamas planned to assassinate Avigdor Lieberman

Israel has arrested four Palestinians suspected of planning to kill Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman with an anti-tank rocket while he drove to his Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israeli officials say.

Why European Space Agency deserves our respect: Bob McDonald

The Europeans have been exploring space independently for decades, with remarkable accomplishments that go almost unrecognized in North America, writes Bob McDonald.

Cuban doctor infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone arrives in Switzerland for treatment

A Cuban doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone arrived in Switzerland for treatment and was able to walk off the transport plane, a Geneva medical official says.

Snow-covered Buffalo area faces new risk: flooding

After being covered by as much as two metres of snow this week, residents of the Buffalo, N.Y., area now have something else to be worried about: flooding.

Gambia president approves law jailing gays for life

Gambia's president has signed a bill into law that calls for life imprisonment for some homosexual acts.

The bargaining chip that is the Keystone pipeline

The narrow failure in the U.S. Senate this week to pass a bill authorizing the controversial Keystone pipeline should guarantee the project's eventual passage, Chris Hall writes.

Bill Cosby accusers face legal limits in U.S., unlike in Canada

Sexual allegations such as those against comedian Bill Cosby are unlikely to make it to a U.S. court because the maximum time for starting legal proceedings has passed, say some experts who wish American statutes of limitations were more like Canada's.

Ready for Hillary? Super PACs, Clinton allies plot strategy

Ready for Hillary, a Democratic super PAC unaffiliated with the former secretary of state, is convening a daylong meeting of Clinton insiders on Friday for strategy sessions aimed at helping elect the presumptive 2016 presidential candidate.

Adolf Hitler painting set to be auctioned in Nuremberg

A 100-year-old watercolour of Munich's city hall is expected to fetch at least 50,000 euros ($60,000 US) at auction this weekend, not so much for its artistic value as for the signature in the bottom left corner: A.

Burkina Faso's deposed president on the move to Morocco

Moroccan state media says former Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore has arrived in Casablanca from Ivory Coast, where he initially sought refuge after demonstrations brought down his government last month.

Mexico missing students: Tens of thousands protest across country

Protesters threw Molotov cocktails and clashed with riot police outside Mexico City's National Palace on Thursday as thousands protested against President Enrique Pena Nieto's handling of the apparent massacre of 43 trainee school teachers.

Global action urged to fight crisis of violence against women and girls

An estimated one in three women worldwide will be assaulted in their lifetime, say researchers, who have joined former U.S.

45 people reportedly killed by Boko Haram in Nigeria

The leader of a vigilante fighter group in Nigeria says Boko Haram militants have killed about 45 people in an attack on a village.

2014 on track to be hottest year on record after warmest October

Despite a bitter cold snap in parts of North America, the globe is rushing hell-bent toward its warmest year on record with last month setting the fifth monthly heat record of the year.

Obama to announce unilateral action to overhaul immigration

U.S. President Barack Obama is poised to claim broad authority to grant work permits to millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States and to protect them from deportation.