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Israel Limits Prayers at Mosque

Friday, October 31, 2014

Jerusalem — Tensions over Jerusalem’s most hotly contested holy site flared Thursday after a prominent rightist campaigner for Jewish prayer there was shot in an apparent assassination attempt, and police tracked down and killed an Arab they said was the attacker. American-born Yehuda Glick, 48, who led efforts to allow Jews to pray on the plaza known to Israelis as the Temple Mount, the site of Al-Aqsa mosque, was reported …

Burkina Faso Declares State of Emergency

Friday, October 31, 2014

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso — Burkina Faso’s leader of nearly three decades declared a state of emergency Thursday, hours after protesters who oppose his bid for another term stormed the parliament and set part of it on fire, marking the greatest threat to his rule since he himself seized power in a coup. It …

Quarantine Pits Nurse Vs. Maine

Friday, October 31, 2014

Fort Kent, Maine — Insisting she is perfectly healthy, nurse Kaci Hickox again defied the state’s Ebola quarantine Thursday by taking a bike ride with her boyfriend, and Maine health authorities struggled to reach a compromise that would limit her contact with others. Hickox, 33, stepped out of her home on the remote …

World & Nation Briefs for Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Prisoner Whose Confession Helped Free Death Row Inmate Recants, Is Freed Chicago — A prisoner whose confession helped free a death row inmate in a case that was instrumental to ending capital punishment in Illinois was released Thursday after he recanted, and a prosecutor said there was powerful …

Wanted Man Captured in Pennsylvania

Friday, October 31, 2014

Blooming Grove, Pa. — A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, was captured on Thursday by U.S. marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt that had rattled …

Rocket Engines Suspected in Blast

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chincoteague, Va. — Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA’s strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, …

Zambia’s New President Is Sub-Saharan Africa’s Only White Head of State

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Guy Scott, famous in Zambia for his jocular, outspoken — and sometimes undiplomatic — tongue, became the nation’s acting president Wednesday, sub-Saharan Africa’s only current white head of state. Scott took office after the death of President Michael Sata in London late Tuesday, amid questions about whether he …

Iraq Renames War Town ‘Victory Bank’

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Jurf Al-Sakhar, Iraq — Iraq renamed this town on the banks of the Euphrates this week to reflect the triumph of its security forces here against Islamic State militants, who were driven out last week. Jurf al-Sakhar, or “rocky bank,” became Jurf al-Nasr, or “victory bank.” But a …

Hundreds Missing After Mudslide in Sri Lanka

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sri Lankan men stand by their damaged house following a mudslide at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, about 140 miles east of Colombo on Wednesday. The mudslide, triggered by monsoon rains, buried scores of workers’ houses …

U.S. Not Prepared to Fight Ebola

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The U.S. health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review of …

Study: Milk Might Not Fortify Bones

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Got milk? If you’re drinking it to prevent bone fractures or to boost your overall health, you might want to go back to the fridge and opt for a yogurt or a slice of cheese instead. A new study in the journal BMJ casts doubt on the widely …

License Plate Privacy Breached

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Washington — After the Department of Homeland Security canceled a plan for broad law enforcement access to a national license-plate tracking system in February, officials established a new policy that required similar plans be vetted by department privacy officers to ensure they do not violate Americans’ civil liberties. …

Lava Inches Closer to Hawaii Homes

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pahoa, Hawaii — Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural Hawaii town. A breakout of the lava flow was about 100 …