AP-GfK Poll: Clinton lead fueled by increased enthusiasm
NEW YORK (AP) ? Hillary Clinton appears on the cusp of a potentially commanding victory over Donald Trump, fueled by solid Democratic turnout in early voting, massive operational advantages and increasing enthusiasm among her supporters.
Belgium reaches deal on EU-Canada free trade deal
BRUSSELS (AP) ? The Belgian government has reached a deal to back the free trade deal between the European Union and Canada on the day the agreement was supposed to be officially signed with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Rise of Europe's far right 'different to 1930s': top historian
Europe is not slipping into the same dark tunnel of hate and nationalism that it did in the 1930s, one of the continent's leading historians told AFP. Despite the rise of populist and extreme right-wing parties across the continent, Professor Ian Kershaw -- the acclaimed biographer of Hitler -- insisted that drawing parallels with the rise of fascism was off the mark. In fact, it is thanks to a "liberal and peaceful" Germany, which unlike some of its neighbours, is "very clear-eyed about its past", that Europe is far more able to resist "a slide into barbarism", he argued.
Samsung scion joins board as profits tank on Note 7
Samsung heir apparent Lee Jae-Yong took a major step towards control of the family-run conglomerate on Thursday, joining the board as the company reported a 30 percent profit dive following a highly damaging recall crisis. The move is being seen as a coronation of sorts of the 48-year-old Lee, who is already vice chairman of Samsung Electronics and has seen his influence grow since his father, Samsung patriarch Lee Kun-hee, suffered a heart attack and was hospitalised in 2014. Board chairman Kwon Oh-Hyun said Lee's elevation would give him a greater say in decision-making at the highest level and help foster "long-term, sustainable value" for Samsung shareholders.
US Coast Guard in Hawaii suspends search for Chinese mariner
Hammond says economy needs support despite third quarter growth
The Chancellor of exchequer Philip Hammond said he would need to take steps to support growth in his first budget statement next month, despite data on Thursday showing the economy slowed less than expected after Britain voted to leave the European Union. "I think it is right that we still prepare to support the economy during the coming period to make sure that we get through this period of uncertainty," Hammond told reporters.
EU lawmakers: 2 Yazidi women win EU human rights prizeBRUSSELS (AP) ? Two Yazidi women who survived sexual enslavement by the Islamic State before escaping and becoming advocates for their people have won the EU's Sakharov Prize for human rights.
Deutsche Bank defies predictions with surprise Q3 profit
Troubled German lender Deutsche Bank reported Thursday a surprise profit in the third quarter, confounding expectations of further expensive legal pain for the Frankfurt institution. "We continued to make good progress on restructuring the bank," chief executive John Cryan said in a statement. Deutsche booked 256 million euros ($279 million) in profit attributable to shareholders between July and September.
Fowler rides Ryder Cup confidence to strong start in HSBC
SHANGHAI (AP) ? Rickie Fowler dropped by PGA of America headquarters in Florida with the Ryder Cup trophy last week as a way to let the employees share in the U.S. celebration. The trophy stayed behind. Fowler brought memories of Hazeltine all the way to China.
Two Yazidi survivors of IS group win Sakharov prize: sources
Two Yazidi women activists who escaped the Islamic State group in Iraq won the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize on Thursday, European sources told AFP. The prize will be awarded to Nadia Murad and Lamia Haji Bashar during a midday session of the assembly in Strasbourg, France, the sources said shortly before the official announcement. Named after the dissident Soviet scientist Andrei Sakharov, who died in 1989, the prize is awarded every year to honour individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression, often falling foul of their governments as a result.