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The Latest: Black Friday

7 hours 7 min ago

Shoppers had a bit of a buying appetizer on Thanksgiving, but the question remains whether they'll feast on deals on the day after the holiday.

Mali says arrests two suspects linked to Bamako hotel attack

7 hours 12 min ago

By Tiemoko Diallo and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali authorities arrested two people on Thursday suspected of links to an attack on a luxury hotel in the capital that killed 20 people, the security ministry said. At least two armed men launched a dawn raid on the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on Friday last week, killing six Russians, three Chinese and an American among others, in the worst jihadist strike on the West African country in years. The siege ended hours later when Malian commandos stormed the hotel and freed 170 hostages.

2 arrested over with attack on luxury hotel in Mali

7 hours 16 min ago
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's security forces say they have arrested two men in connection with last week's attack on a luxury hotel in the capital that killed 19 people.

The Latest: Pope denounces dire conditions of slum-dwellers

7 hours 17 min ago

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis' first trip to Africa. (All times local.)

Protest over Chicago teen's shooting set for retail district

7 hours 19 min ago

CHICAGO (AP) — After days of protests in Chicago since the release of a video showing a black teenager shot 16 times by a white police officer, demonstrators were poised to disrupt Black Friday shopping with a march through the heart of the city's most famous retail district.

The Latest: March planned along Michigan Avenue in Chicago

7 hours 23 min ago

CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer (all times local):

Palestinian killed after West Bank attack on Israeli troops

7 hours 31 min ago
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say a Palestinian was shot and killed after ramming his car into a group of Israelis in the West Bank. The army says two Israeli soldiers were injured in the attack.

Climate crunch to dominate Commonwealth summit

7 hours 31 min ago

The 2015 Commonwealth Summit kicks off on Friday to a grand opening ceremony with Queen Elizabeth, followed by intense working sessions where world leaders will grapple with climate change. As the clock ticks to a UN climate conference in Paris starting Monday, leaders including France's Francois Hollande, Britain's David Cameron and the UN's Ban Ki-moon will try to open the door to a landmark accord for taming greenhouse gases. "We look towards Paris and an agreement that will determine the survival of our species and all those who share this precious planet with us," Britain's Prince Charles said in a speech in Malta on Thursday, as leaders arrived on the windswept island from four continents.

Pope presses case for adequate, dignified housing in Nairobi

7 hours 53 min ago

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Pope Francis visited a slum on Nairobi's northwestern edge Friday to press his call for adequate and dignified housing for society's most marginal, especially in burgeoning megacities like the Kenyan capital.

Notorious warlord seeks comeback, leverage in Afghanistan

8 hours 6 min ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — After more than 40 years at war, one of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords, designated a "global terrorist" by the United States and blacklisted by the United Nations along with Osama bin Laden, wants to come out of the shadows.

One more memorable moment for Favre, Packers at Lambeau

8 hours 16 min ago

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Brett Favre had one more memorable moment with the Green Bay Packers.

Killing ramps up fears of Venezuela poll violence

8 hours 36 min ago

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the fatal shooting of an opposition leader appeared to be a gangland score-settling, dismissing claims it was politically motivated ahead of elections. An attacker shot Luis Manuel Diaz dead on Wednesday evening in the central Guarico region at a campaign rally for the December 6 legislative elections, party officials said, ratcheting up fears that violence could erupt in the lead-up to the polls. The event was also attended by Lilian Tintori, the wife of a jailed opposition leader and a high-profile critic of Maduro.

New York reassures tourists after terror threat

8 hours 42 min ago

New York is reassuring tourists that America's biggest city is safe as it prepares to welcome more than five million visitors for the busy holiday season after the Paris attacks. After the Paris attacks on November 13, an Islamic State group propaganda video broadcast images of New York from Times Square. Despite what he calls a "sprinkling of a few cancellations," he is still encouraging people to visit the metropolis for the "magical holiday season" that lasts through December until New Year.

Obama eyes chance to make mark, at last, on climate change

9 hours 1 min ago

Six years after a fiasco in Copenhagen and a year before he leaves office, a Paris summit offers Barack Obama the chance to make his mark in the fight against climate change. In December 2009, Obama left the Danish capital after signing on to a hastily issued statement by leaders hoping to save face. A deal to slow global warming seems to be within reach, even if it is less ambitious and less far reaching than first hoped.

Conservatives at odds with Obama, and science, on climate

9 hours 4 min ago

US conservatives backed by the powerful gas and coal lobbies are at loggerheads with both the scientific world and President Barack Obama on the environment -- but have failed to block his path on climate change. Among them are several Republican White House contenders, who deny or downplay the impact of humans on global warming and reject efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, saying it could hurt the economy and favor China, the world's top carbon dioxide emitter ahead of the United States.

France to mourn Paris attack dead

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 23:33

France on Friday will mourn the 130 people killed in the November 13 Paris attacks, with President Francois Hollande leading a solemn ceremony in honour of the victims. Families of those killed in France's worst-ever terror attack, claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, will join some of the wounded at ceremonies at the Invalides, the gilded 17th-century complex in central Paris that houses a military hospital and museum and Napoleon's tomb. The marathon has taken him from Paris to Washington to Moscow in just a few days.

Asia stocks lower amid Thanksgiving trading lull

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 22:40
TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks markets were lower in muted trading Friday after Wall Street was closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, and investors continued to watch for developments in tense relations between Russia and Turkey.

Turkey-Russia spat over downed Russian warplane escalates

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 22:30

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A tug-of-war over a Russian warplane downed by a Turkish fighter jet at the border with Syria escalated Thursday, with Moscow drafting a slew of economic sanctions against Turkey and the Turkish president defiantly declaring that his military will shoot down any new intruder.

Aussie police rush to scene of killing, find dead spider

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 22:28

"Numerous police cars responded to the address and began banging on the door," Harbourside Local Area Command said on their Facebook page. "It was a spider, a really big one!!," he said, admitting he was chasing the large arachnid around his apartment with a can of insect spray. "I hate spiders with an absolute passion," said Inspector Dean Lindley who attended the scene.

Panthers remain unbeaten, Romo hurt

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 22:24

Cam Newton ran for a touchdown and Carolina's defence scored two more on interceptions as the Panthers improved to 11-0 with a 33-14 rout of the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. Graham Gano kicked four field goals, including one from 50 yards, for Carolina who were playing on the US Thanksgiving holiday for the first time in franchise history. The Detroit Lions hammered the Philadelphia Eagles 45-14 and in a later game the Green Bay Packers hosted the Chicago Bears as the NFL scheduled three holiday contests on Thursday.