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Republicans expect gains, but many races close on election day

Yahoo - Top Stories - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:55

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Rauner and his wife Diana greet a supporter during a campaign stop in the Chicago suburb of LincolnshireBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans are poised to make major gains and possibly recapture control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday in midterm elections that could serve as a public referendum on President Barack Obama's job performance. Millions of Americans will cast ballots to elect 36 senators, 36 governors and all 435 members of the House of Representatives in campaigns influenced by Obama's low job approval rating, partisan gridlock in Washington and a U.S. economy that is not growing widely enough to help many in the middle class. ...


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Zimbabwe 53-1 after Bangladesh make 433

Yahoo - World - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:55
KHULNA, Bangladesh (AP) — Zimbabwe batted cautiously to reach 53-1 at stumps in response to Bangladesh's 433 in the first innings on day two of the second test on Tuesday.
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Iraq security forces on alert as Shi'ites gather for Ashoura

Yahoo - Top Stories - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:52

Shi'ite Muslims take part during commemorations for Ashura in NajafBy Haider Kadhim KERBALA Iraq (Reuters) - More than one million Shi'ite Muslims gathered at shrines and mosques across Iraq on Tuesday for the Ashoura religious ritual with Iraqi security forces on alert for any repeat of the attacks that have inflicted mass casualties during past pilgrimages. The presence in the country of ultra-hardline Islamic state militants who swept through the north earlier this year raises the possibility of wider bloodshed this time as crowds swell. ...


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Islamic State releases 93 Syrian Kurds: monitor

Yahoo - Top Stories - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:52
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The militant Islamic State group has released 93 Syrian Kurds it captured in February as they made their way from northern Syria to neighboring Iraq, a group monitoring the conflict said on Tuesday. Islamic State seized around 100 people, accusing them of being members of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) which has opposed the group, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The offshoot of al Qaeda, which is the target of U.S.-led air strikes in Syria and Iraq, released all but six of the Kurds in that group in Syria on Monday, the Observatory said. ...
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Iraq security forces on alert as Shi'ites gather for Ashoura

Yahoo - World - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:52

Shi'ite Muslims take part during commemorations for Ashura in NajafBy Haider Kadhim KERBALA Iraq (Reuters) - More than one million Shi'ite Muslims gathered at shrines and mosques across Iraq on Tuesday for the Ashoura religious ritual with Iraqi security forces on alert for any repeat of the attacks that have inflicted mass casualties during past pilgrimages. The presence in the country of ultra-hardline Islamic state militants who swept through the north earlier this year raises the possibility of wider bloodshed this time as crowds swell. ...


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Islamic State releases 93 Syrian Kurds: monitor

Yahoo - World - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:52
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The militant Islamic State group has released 93 Syrian Kurds it captured in February as they made their way from northern Syria to neighboring Iraq, a group monitoring the conflict said on Tuesday. Islamic State seized around 100 people, accusing them of being members of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) which has opposed the group, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The offshoot of al Qaeda, which is the target of U.S.-led air strikes in Syria and Iraq, released all but six of the Kurds in that group in Syria on Monday, the Observatory said. ...
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Gunmen kill 5 in attack in eastern Saudi Arabia

Yahoo - Top Stories - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:50
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi authorities arrested six people on Tuesday in connection with a shooting in the east of the kingdom the previous night that left five people dead and was apparently aimed at the country's Shiite minority.
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Gunmen kill 5 in attack in eastern Saudi Arabia

Yahoo - World - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:50
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi authorities arrested six people on Tuesday in connection with a shooting in the east of the kingdom the previous night that left five people dead and was apparently aimed at the country's Shiite minority.
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Beijing emerges as 2022 Winter Olympics favorite

Yahoo - World - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:49

 "Set yourself alight, store your energy, promote exercise for everyone, promote Beijing Zhangjiakou bid for the Winter Olympics." (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)The new front-runner to host the 2022 Winter Olympics doesn't have a long winter sports tradition. Then there's the matter of snow, or lack thereof. The mountains near Beijing where Olympic bidders want to hold skiing events receive less than a meter (yard) of snow each winter.


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Both victims in HK murder case were Indonesian

Yahoo - World - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:47

Rurik George Caton Jutting, right, is escorted by a police officer in an police van before appearing in a court in Hong Kong Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Hong Kong police said Monday that they had charged the 29-year-old man with killing two women, including one whose body was found inside a suitcase on the balcony of the man's upscale apartment. (AP Photo/Apple Daily)HONG KONG (AP) — Both victims in a double murder case that has shocked Hong Kong were Indonesian women, and one of the victims was frequenting a red light district on a lapsed domestic worker visa, an Indonesian consulate official said Tuesday.


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Scott looking for caddie, no candidate shortage

Yahoo - World - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:46

File-This April 14, 2013, file photo shows Adam Scott and his caddie Steve Williams reacting to his putt dropping on the second hole of a playoff to win the Masters golf tournament in Augusta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)SHANGHAI (AP) — As far as caddies are concerned, this might as well be the Adam Scott sweepstakes.


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Security tight as Shiites mark holy day in Iraq

Yahoo - Top Stories - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:45

Shiites worshippers flagellate themselves to show his grief during preparations of the Muslim holiday of Ashoura at the holy shrine of Imam Hussein ahead of the Ashoura holiday, in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Shiites will mark Ashoura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram, to commemorate the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was killed. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims flocked Tuesday to an Iraqi holy city for the peak of a 10-day religious ritual amid tight security over fears of sectarian attacks.


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Security tight as Shiites mark holy day in Iraq

Yahoo - World - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:45

Shiites worshippers flagellate themselves to show his grief during preparations of the Muslim holiday of Ashoura at the holy shrine of Imam Hussein ahead of the Ashoura holiday, in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Shiites will mark Ashoura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram, to commemorate the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was killed. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims flocked Tuesday to an Iraqi holy city for the peak of a 10-day religious ritual amid tight security over fears of sectarian attacks.


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Twin towns split by wall reunited again

Yahoo - Top Stories - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:44

In this picture taken Oct. 29, 2014, Friedrich-Wilhelm Lenz stands at a site where the family owned a 75-acre farm in Boeckwitz Germany. It was 1952, and East German authorities were erecting the wooden barrier that broke up the twin towns of Zicherie in the capitalist West and Boeckwitz in the communist East. The two had operated as one for centuries, sharing markets, schools and social clubs, and had long been the site of the Lenz family farm. Nearly a decade before the Berlin Wall went up, East Germany had already started sealing off its main frontier with West Germany, spanning nearly 1,400 kilometers (870 miles), dividing communities and even families.. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)BOECKWITZ, Germany (AP) — Friedrich-Wilhelm Lenz was only a toddler when the wall went up that split his family's 75-hectare farm in two — dividing the cow stall and even a restaurant on the land.


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Twin towns split by wall reunited again

Yahoo - World - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:44

In this picture taken Oct. 29, 2014, Friedrich-Wilhelm Lenz stands at a site where the family owned a 75-acre farm in Boeckwitz Germany. It was 1952, and East German authorities were erecting the wooden barrier that broke up the twin towns of Zicherie in the capitalist West and Boeckwitz in the communist East. The two had operated as one for centuries, sharing markets, schools and social clubs, and had long been the site of the Lenz family farm. Nearly a decade before the Berlin Wall went up, East Germany had already started sealing off its main frontier with West Germany, spanning nearly 1,400 kilometers (870 miles), dividing communities and even families.. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)BOECKWITZ, Germany (AP) — Friedrich-Wilhelm Lenz was only a toddler when the wall went up that split his family's 75-hectare farm in two — dividing the cow stall and even a restaurant on the land.


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10 Things to Know for Today

Yahoo - Top Stories - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:43

FILE - In a Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 file photo, gun violence protesters participate in a lie-in during an anti-gun rally at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Nearly six in 10 Americans want stricter gun laws in the aftermath of last month's deadly school shooting in Connecticut, with majorities favoring a nationwide ban on military-style, rapid-fire weapons and limits on gun violence depicted in video games and movies and on TV, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. A lopsided 84 percent of adults would like to see the establishment of a federal standard for background checks for people buying guns at gun shows, the poll showed. President Barack Obama was set Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 to unveil a wide-ranging package of steps for reducing gun violence expected to include a proposed ban on assault weapons, limits on the capacity of ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun sales. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


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Spanish registered jobless up 3rd month in a row

Yahoo - World - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:40
MADRID (AP) — The number of people registered as unemployed in Spain rose by nearly 80,000 in October compared with the previous month, suggesting a bump in the economy's recovery but also due to seasonal factors.
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Top Asian News at 10:30 a.m. GMT

Yahoo - World - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:32
HONG KONG (AP) — An Indonesian official says both victims in a double murder case that has shocked Hong Kong were Indonesian women. Indonesian Consulate spokesman Sam Aryadi confirmed Tuesday that a second victim found dead in an upscale apartment over the weekend was 29-year-old Seneng Mujiasih, from the city of Muna on Sulawesi island.
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British banker's HK securities licenses canceled around time of first murder: records

Yahoo - World - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:27

Rurik Jutting, who has been charged with two counts of murder, sits in a police van as it arrives at a court in Hong KongHONG KONG (Reuters) - A British banker charged with killing two women in Hong Kong had his securities licenses sponsored by Bank of America Corp canceled around the time the first victim was killed, records with the city's regulators show. A charge sheet read out when Rurik Jutting appeared in court on Monday said one woman was killed on Oct. 27 and the second on Nov. 1. The killings did not come to public light until Nov. 1 when police found the bodies in Jutting's apartment. The first victim had been put in a suitcase on his balcony. Bank of America declined to comment on the licenses. ...


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South African prosecutors appeal Pistorius verdict and sentence

Yahoo - Top Stories - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:12

South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius attends his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in PretoriaJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The South African prosecution authority confirmed on Tuesday it would file an appeal against the culpable homicide verdict and five-year jail sentence handed down to paralympian Oscar Pistorius last month. Pistorius was absolved of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the end of a seven-month trial after the state failed to convince judge Thokozile Masipa of Pistorius' intent to kill when he fired through a locked toilet door at his luxury Pretoria home, leading to a conviction for negligent killing and a five-year jail term. ...


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