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By DIAA HADID | October 31, 2014 10:49 am
Syria's Alawites pay heavy price as they bury sons
  • Sony's quarterly loss balloons on mobile woes
    Associated Press | October 31, 2014 10:42 am
    Sony's losses ballooned to 136 billion yen ($1.2 billion) last quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's troubled mobile phone division reported huge red ink.
  • Medicare paid for meds after patients were dead
    Associated Press | October 31, 2014 10:39 am
    Call it drugs for the departed: A quirky bureaucratic rule led Medicare's prescription drug program to pay for costly medications even after the patients were dead.
  • 2 bodies found after UK fireworks warehouse blaze
    Associated Press | October 31, 2014 10:31 am
    British police have found the bodies of two men after a blaze at a fireworks warehouse that sent plumes of black smoke and explosions into the sky.
  • Coal miners stuck in the middle of Ukraine's war
    Associated Press | October 31, 2014 9:12 am
    Glistening black sweat rolls down the spine of a beefy miner as he jackhammers bedrock along the shaft at the Chelyuskintsev coal mine in Donetsk, Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland.
  • Shelters fill up after deadly Sri Lanka mudslide
    Associated Press | October 31, 2014 9:06 am
    Sri Lankan authorities warned of more landslides at a tea plantation where a deadly torrent of mud swept away scores of homes this week, but residents said Friday there was no room left at the shelters and no alternative housing for them to move to.
  • EU confirms North Korea invite for rights visit
    Associated Press | October 31, 2014 9:06 am
    A European Union official on Friday confirmed that North Korea has invited the EU's special representative for human rights to visit the country.
  • Uganda-North Korea ties grow amid democracy doubts
    Associated Press | October 31, 2014 9:06 am
    President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda gave a state banquet late Thursday in honor of North Korea's ceremonial head of state, praising Pyongyang for what he said was its prominent role in fighting imperialism.
  • Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis
    Associated Press | October 31, 2014 9:02 am
    The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week -- months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later.
  • Zambia's acting president appeals for calm
    Associated Press | October 31, 2014 8:18 am
    Zambian security forces will not tolerate any violence or other illegal activity as the country mourns President Michael Sata, who died after a long illness, Zambia's temporary leader said Friday.
  • Thai prime minister, an ex-general, is millionaire
    Associated Press | October 31, 2014 8:06 am
    Asset disclosures by members of Thailand's military-dominated post-coup Cabinet reveal they are quite well-off, a trait shared with the civilian politicians they accused of corruption.
  • New search planned for grave of Spanish poet Lorca
    Associated Press | October 31, 2014 8:02 am
    Archeologists will start inspecting the land in an area in southern Spain near where the acclaimed poet Federico Garcia Lorca is believed to have been executed and buried at the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, officials said Friday.
  • Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police
    Associated Press | October 31, 2014 7:50 am
    The Islamic State group is conducting a purge, killing dozens of former policemen and soldiers living in areas of Iraq under its control, in a campaign apparently aimed at preventing any uprising against its extremist rule.
  • North Korean Ebola policies hit tourism businesses
    Associated Press | October 31, 2014 7:48 am
    North Korea's quarantine of arriving foreigners to prevent Ebola has not disrupted business with the nation's largest trading partner, Chinese businesspeople say, although a tourist ban has hurt travel agencies that run tours to the reclusive country.
  • US consumer spending down 0.2 percent in September
    Associated Press | October 31, 2014 7:18 am
    U.S. consumer cut spending in September for the first time in eight months, as incomes grew at the slowest pace this year. The figures underscore nagging economic soft spots that are expected to ease in the coming months.
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