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AP Interview: Dissident forced to leave Vietnam

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of Vietnam’s most prominent dissidents said he was asked to sign a form seeking a pardon for spreading “propaganda against the state” before his release from prison last week, then forced onto a U.S.-bound flight with just the clothes on his body. Nguyen Van Hai, who blogged under the [...]

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N. Korea says it has invited EU rights official

  UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea on Thursday said it has invited European Union’s top human rights official to visit the country, but it threatened to drop recent offers of visits by United Nations rights officials unless a U.N. resolution on the country removes any reference to the International Criminal Court before Saturday. North [...]

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Burkina Faso president won’t resign after protests

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s longtime leader refused to resign Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in the face of violent protests that posed the greatest threat to his nearly three-decade rule, saying instead he will lead a transitional government after parliament was dissolved. Protesters stormed the parliament building and set part of it ablaze in [...]

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N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea announced Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 it will quarantine foreigners entering the country for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter. North Korea is always [...]

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Health overhaul’s subsidies at Supreme Court

  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court justices have their first chance this week to decide whether they have the appetite for another major fight over President Barack Obama’s health care law. Some of the same players who mounted the first failed effort to kill the law altogether now want the justices to rule that subsidies [...]

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Upset primary winner over Eric Cantor in debate

  ASHLAND, Va. (AP) — Republican Dave Brat, who toppled then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a June primary, cast himself as a future check on President Barack Obama’s policies as he debated a Democratic rival Tuesday at the Virginia college where both candidates teach. Brat sparred Tuesday evening with Democrat Jack Trammell over the [...]

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Jeb Bush: Obama handling of Ebola ‘incompetent’

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday criticized President Barack Obama’s initial handling of the Ebola crisis as “incompetent,” saying it gave rise to unneeded fears among the American public about the virus. Bush, who is the latest potential Republican presidential candidate to attack the president over Ebola, also said [...]

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No flak jacket: UN’s Ban Ki-moon lands in Somalia

  MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made his second trip to Somalia’s capital on Wednesday, walking around the seaside airport complex in a dark business suit. Ban’s fashion choices are not typically newsworthy but are significant in Mogadishu: On his trip in 2011, he wore a U.N.-branded bullet-proof vest. The fact that [...]

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Senators stage their own ‘Survivor’ show

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff Flake and Martin Heinrich were willing to go to great lengths to prove that a Democratic and Republican U.S. senator could work together. Like halfway around the world. The freshman senators traveled to an uninhabited tropical island north of Australia this summer for a week documented by the Discovery Channel [...]

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Obama praising doctors fighting Ebola in Africa

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is surrounding himself with health care workers battling Ebola in Africa to showcase what he calls their “incredible heroism.” Amid debate over how returning health care workers should be monitored, Obama plans to make remarks from the White House Wednesday afternoon with those who have been to Africa [...]

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Tiny Virginia college preps for big-stage debate

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tiny Randolph-Macon College is set for its star turn Tuesday as it hosts a congressional debate between two faculty members. Republican Dave Brat, who rode a tea party-backed wave to national prominence by defeating former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a summer primary, will debate Tuesday night [...]

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