Vatican: No more scattering of cremation ashesVATICAN CITY (AP) ? The Vatican is setting out guidelines for Catholics who want to be cremated, saying their remains cannot be scattered, divvied up or kept at home but rather stored in a sacred, church-approved place.
Suicide truck bomb rams African troop base in Somalia
Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group rammed a suicide truck bomb into a military base of African AMISOM peacekeeping troops on Tuesday in the area of Beledweyne town, north of the capital, the militant group and a police officer said. "A mujahid (fighter) driving a heavily loaded truck bomb rammed the Djibouti base in Baladweyne," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab?s military operations spokesman, said, echoing comments made by a local police officer. Djibouti has a contingent of troops with AMISOM.
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England's 'most haunted village' gears up for Halloween
With Halloween in the air, ghouls are set to emerge from the shadows in the quiet streets of Pluckley, reputedly the most haunted village in England. The village generally would rather Halloween did not happen," Chris Housman, chairman of Pluckley Parish Council, told AFP. Nestled by the chalk hills of Kent in southeast England, Pluckley is a tranquil village of some 800 souls that was recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book, Britain's earliest public record.
World Stocks, commodities climb as economic confidence lifts
By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - World markets had a swagger about them on Tuesday as upbeat economic data and signs of a revival in inflation pushed up stocks and commodity prices and kept the dollar at a nine-month high. Factory surveys in the United States and Europe had boasted the best readings of the year so far on Monday and a six-month high for Japanese stocks in Tokyo [.T] overnight had followed a record close for the tech-heavy U.S. Nasdaq.
German businesses upbeat despite bank woes, British EU exitFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) ? German businesses were more optimistic in October, shrugging off woes at the countries' biggest banks and the implications of Britain's vote to leave the European Union.
Displaced Sunnis brace to join fight for MosulBy Michael Georgy DEBAGA, Iraq (Reuters) - Still limping four months after an Islamic State fighter fired a bullet into his leg, teenager Mustafa Muhammed says he and his fellow Sunni tribesmen are ready to join an offensive against the militants in their stronghold of Mosul. There they will face an enemy which seized control of their lands around Mosul two years ago, and whose fighters they know as fearless and highly unpredictable. "That's why they come to battle strapped with suicide belts." Daesh is the Arabic acronym for Islamic State, which controls large parts of neighboring Syria and swept through northern and western Iraq in 2014.
German business confidence hits two-year high in October
German business confidence has hit a two-year high, the Ifo economic institute said Tuesday, suggesting the country had shaken off post-Brexit blues, but analysts warned of a possible slowdown ahead. The Munich institute's headline business confidence index hit 110.5 points in October, up one point from the September reading of 109.5, and the highest level since April 2014. "The upturn in the German economy is gathering impetus," Ifo president Clemens Fuest said in a statement.
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Europe stocks higher, Asian stocks mixed after economic data
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? European stocks were moderately higher while Asian stocks finished mixed in moderate trading Tuesday. Upbeat reports on manufacturing in the U.S. and Europe were countered by weak growth data from South Korea, Asia's fourth-largest economy.