US Senate candidate Kirk mocks rival's family military past
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) ? Illinois Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has raised his Democratic rival's immigrant background and mocked her family's history of military service, saying he had forgotten the congresswoman's "parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington."
Hungarian musicians recall secret jazz recordings from 1956
Exxon 3Q profit falls 38 percent on lower oil prices
Exxon's profit keeps shrinking because of lower oil prices, and the company is responding by sharply cutting investment in future production. Exxon Mobil Corp. said Friday that third-quarter income fell ...
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Islamic State using tens of thousands as human shields in Mosul: U.N.By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Islamic State forces in Iraq have abducted tens of thousands of men, women and children from areas around Mosul and are using them as "human shields" in strategic sites in the city as Iraqi troops advance, the U.N. human rights office said on Friday. "ISIL's depraved, cowardly strategy is to attempt to use the presence of civilians to render certain points, areas or military forces immune from military operations, effectively using tens of thousands of women, men and children as human shields," said Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights. Using human shields is prohibited under international law, he said in a statement.
US stocks mostly rise following strong economic report
U.S. stocks are mostly higher Friday morning after the government said the economy broke out of its recent slump and grew faster than expected during the third quarter. Real estate and basic materials ...
National Geographic's famed 'girl' denies getting fake ID
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) ? A Pakistani prosecutor says National Geographic's famed green-eyed 'Afghan Girl' has made her first appearance before a court, insisting she did not fraudulently obtain Pakistani nationality.
South Africa reports first Tomato Leaf Miner outbreak
South Africa has detected its first outbreak of Tomato Leaf Miner, a pest originally from South America which can ruin tomato and potato crops, the department of agriculture said on Friday. The highly destructive insect feeds on leaves, stems and fruits of plants and can cause widespread crop infection. "This pest is disastrous particularly for tomato production and food security in general," the agriculture department said in a statement.
Venezuelan opposition strike patchy amid government threats
By Brian Ellsworth and Anggy Polanco CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL (Reuters) - Venezuela's streets were quieter than usual on Friday, but a strike called by the opposition drew patchy participation after the socialist government threatened to seize businesses that closed. "The strike is a good pressure tactic ... but if I don't work, I don't eat," said insurance agent Adolfo Diaz, 38, trying to reach work despite fewer buses in the western city of San Cristobal where sentiment is strong against President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela's opposition Democratic Unity coalition called for a 12-hour shutdown as part of escalating protests after authorities scuttled its push for a referendum to recall the OPEC nation's unpopular socialist leader.