- Sisi promises to reexamine protest law
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said the government will look into revising a protest law under which hundreds of activists have been jailed. Sisi's comments came at the end of a two-day "youth conference" on Thursday, an effort to reach out to young Egyptians as the country braces for austerity reforms to salvage its battered economy. Reading a series of conclusions at the end of the conference, Sisi said the government would look into revising the law passed in 2013, months after the former army chief overthrew his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi.
- British Airways owner cuts profit forecast on pound slump
British Airways' owner lowered on Friday its annual earnings forecast for a second time since Britain voted for Brexit, blaming the latest downgrade mainly on a plunging pound. International Airlines Group said it expected full-year operating profit of 2.5 billion euros, or 7.0 percent higher compared with 2015. Britain voted June 23 in favour of exiting the European Union, triggering a plunge in the pound to 31-year lows against the dollar and 7.5-year troughs versus the euro.
- Dutch firebrand MP to skip hate speech trial
Defiant Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders said Friday he will refuse to attend his trial next week on charges of inciting racial hatred, dubbing the hearing "a travesty". "It is my right and my duty as a politician to speak about the problems in our country," Wilders said in a statement, renewing accusations that it was "a political trial" and insisting, "I have said nothing wrong." The trial is set to open on Monday before a three-judge bench with the far-right politician facing charges of insulting a racial group and inciting racial hatred after comments he made about Moroccans living in The Netherlands. Set to last until November 25, the trial in a high security court in Schiphol will focus on a comment made at a March 2014 local government election rally, when he asked supporters whether they wanted "fewer or more Moroccans in your city and in the Netherlands?" When the crowd shouted back "Fewer! Fewer!" a smiling Wilders answered: "We're going to organise that." But Wilders said on Friday "this trial is a political trial, in which I refuse to cooperate".
- New rules aim to help students clear loans in cases of fraud
BOSTON (AP) — The government has issued new rules meant to help students get their federal loans erased in cases involving fraud and misconduct by their schools.
- At Afghanistan's brick kilns, debt can last generations
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Every day that Dil Agha works at his backbreaking job at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Afghanistan's capital Kabul, from before sunrise to well after sunset, he digs himself deeper into debt. He knows he will never be able to pay back what he owes to the kiln owner who lent him a few thousand dollars for a family emergency, and that when he dies, his children will inherit the burden that will ensure his family remains enslaved for generations.
- Clinton rallies with Mrs. Obama as Trump alleges corruption
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Aiming to deliver a knockout blow to Donald Trump's staggering presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton turned to popular first lady Michelle Obama to rally voters in North Carolina.
- No injuries after Pence plane slides off runway in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence's campaign plane slid off a runway during a rainstorm at New York's LaGuardia Airport late Thursday, tearing up concrete before coming to rest on a patch of grass.
- Asia markets end week on low but Tokyo up on weak yen
Most Asian markets headed into the weekend on a dour note following a Wall Street sell-off Friday, but Japanese stocks were again boosted by a weaker yen as another feeble inflation reading put fresh pressure on Tokyo. The dollar extended gains in Tokyo after breaking 105 yen Thursday on increasing expectations the Federal Reserve will lift interest rates by year's end, helping Japan's exporters. Bond yields go up as prices go down.
- Filipino mayor among 10 dead in clash with anti-drug police
KORONADAL, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine town mayor who was publicly identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as a drug trafficking suspect was gunned down Friday with nine of his men at a police checkpoint, in one of the bloodiest operations since the crackdown was launched.
- Lack of choice in health insurance markets a growing problem
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans in the health insurance markets created by President Barack Obama's law will have less choice next year than any time since the program started, a new county-level analysis for The Associated Press has found.
- Memo describes Bill Clinton's business ventures, fundraising
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 2011 confidential memo written by a longtime Bill Clinton aide during Hillary Clinton's State Department tenure describes overlap between the former president's business ventures and fundraising for the family's charities. The former aide also described free travel and vacations arranged for the Clintons by corporations, reinforcing ethics concerns about the Democratic presidential nominee.
- Trump U staff included drug trafficker, child molester
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump says he hand-picked only the best to teach success at Trump University. But dozens of those hired by the company had checkered pasts — including serious financial problems and even convictions for cocaine trafficking or child molestation, an Associated Press investigation has found.
- Women find it harder to get paid more in Malaysia, study finds
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 ― Women have a lesser chance of increasing their pay over time, Khazanah Research Institute (KRI) found in its latest study on socio-economic mobility in Malaysia....
- Deep South drought kills crops, threatens herds, dries lakes
Six months into a deepening drought, the weather is killing crops, threatening cattle and sinking lakes to their lowest levels in years across much of the South. The very worst conditions — what forecasters ...
- Lost cause? North Korea nuke threat awaits next president
If North Korea has been a foreign policy headache for Barack Obama's presidency, it threatens to be a migraine for his successor. The next president will likely contend with an adversary able to strike ...
- Adorable but shy, pygmy anteaters are VIPs at Peru zoo
Despite the threat, it's hard not to want to cuddle the pint-sized furball and her mate Freddy, the only pygmy anteaters in the world to be kept in a zoo. Also called silky anteaters, or Cyclopes didactylus, they are known as creatures of the night, wrapping their little golden-brown bodies around tropical tree branches to feed on ants. The pair are believed to be the longest-lived pygmy anteaters in captivity.
- Uber lays out vision for flying commuter transit
Uber on Thursday laid out a vision for on-demand aircraft that can whisk commuters to home or work in a fraction of the time it would take on the road. The ride-sharing giant assessed the feasibility of what it called "vertical take-off and landing" vehicles in a 98-page white paper, inviting innovators and entrepreneurs to take flight with the idea. San Francisco-based Uber said it will be reaching out to cities, manufacturers and others about the concept.
- Maduro opponents tighten screws with Venezuela strike
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro faces renewed pressure Friday as the opposition calls for a nationwide strike, which he has threatened to break with army takeovers of paralyzed firms. Up in arms over the authorities' decision to block a referendum on removing Maduro from power, the opposition has declared a 12-hour general strike, threatening to exacerbate the shortages of food and basic goods gripping the country. "This is a call to a citizens' strike for the people: to leave streets and workplaces empty... to pressure the government to obey the constitution and respect our right to choose," the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) said in a statement.
- Clinton runs up campaign cash advantage over Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton entered the final phase of her presidential bid with a resounding campaign cash advantage over Donald Trump.
- Study: Malaysians get better education, pay than their parents
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 ― Malaysians are receiving better education and earning more at a faster rate compared to their parents, a new study on socio-economic mobility published today has found....
- 4 years after Superstorm Sandy, coast continues to recover
NEW YORK (AP) — People have worked hard, and mostly successfully, over the past four years to restore the New York and New Jersey coastline to what it was before Superstorm Sandy crashed ashore, causing widespread devastation. But some areas have not recovered, nor will they ever.
- China oil giant Sinopec Q3 net profit jumps sixfold
Chinese oil giant Sinopec, Asia’s biggest refiner, says its net profits leapt sixfold in the third quarter, as low crude prices lowered its costs. Net profit in the July to September period was 10.19 billion yuan ($1.5 billion), compared with 1.65 billion yuan in the same three months last year, it said in a statement to the Shanghai stock exchange. The surge came after the Beijing-based firm saw its net profit drop 20 percent in the first half of the year, on top of a 30 percent fall last year.
- Singapore must go car-lite, sooner rather than later
With Singapore’s population forecast to grow to around 6.9 million by 2030, the nation needs to embrace car-lite mobility sooner to ensure its long-term liveability and sustainability,...
- Police evict oil pipeline protesters from private land
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — A months-long protest over the Dakota Access oil pipeline reached its most chaotic pitch yet when hundreds of law enforcement officers moved in to force activists off private property.
- China's overseas takeover spree meets growing resistance
Corporate China's global shopping binge barreled on this week with more multibillion dollar deals, but Beijing is starting to discover that there are limits to what its money can buy. In recent days German ...
- AP News Guide: Pipeline activists swept off private property
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Law enforcement in North Dakota moved in Thursday to remove activists protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline who had set up a camp on private property owned by the pipeline developer. Here's a guide to the latest developments and key background about the protest:
- Asian shares mixed as dollar gains against yen, China yuan
Asian shares were mixed Friday as a weaker yen sent Japan's benchmark higher, despite persisting gloom from Wall Street's recent declines. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.6 percent ...
- The Latest: Police say 141 pipeline protesters arrested
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the protests at the Dakota Access oil pipeline construction site (all times local):
- Families plead for answers in Australian theme park deaths
SYDNEY (AP) — The families of some of the people killed at a theme park when their ride malfunctioned pleaded for answers into their loved ones' deaths on Friday, as the park's managers defended themselves from criticism over their handling of the tragedy.
- Brisbane bus driver burnt alive by passenger
A passenger doused a bus driver with inflammable liquid and burned him to death in front of horrified passengers in the Australian city of Brisbane on Friday, police said. There was no apparent motive for the killing of the 29-year-old man named by local media as Manmeet Alisher, a well-known singer in the Indian Punjabi community. Police superintendent Jim Keogh told reporters "it's a horrific incident here in the quiet suburb of Moorooka." "This is a rare one where it appears to be no apparent motive.
- Q&A: Fish and politics behind Antarctic marine reserve deal
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Nations from around the world on Friday reached an historic agreement to preserve an area of ocean near Antarctica that's about twice the size of Texas. Here are some questions and answers about the deal:
- Countries OK world's largest marine reserve in Antarctica
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica's waters reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent.
- Insight: In Germany, Syrians find mosques too conservative
By Joseph Nasr COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Hani Salam escaped civil war in Syria and survived the journey from Egypt to Europe. Syrians in Germany say many of the country's Arab mosques are more conservative than those at home. People have criticised the way the newcomers dress and practise their religion, they said.
- Tempers flare as thousands of commuters stranded after train derailment
IPOH: Stranded commuters at the Kampar and Ipoh KTM stations here are getting restless as works to remove derailed carriages at Kampung Bakap, Batu Gajah, are still ongoing. Trader Nurhayati Jamil, 42, from Batu Gajah, who was met at the Kampar KTM station, said she was on her way to a relative's house in Kuala Lumpur.
- France, Britain bicker over child migrants stuck in Calais
Five days into a French operation to clear the Calais "Jungle" France has lashed out at apparent British criticism of the way children are being treated while thousands of migrants are resettled across France and the camp is destroyed. France's home office minister Bernard Cazeneuve expressed "surprise" in a late Thursday statement about comments by his British counterpart and sought to remind Britain of its responsibilities with regard to the stranded young people. British television group ITN said in a web site report British Home Secretary Amber Rudd had spoken to Cazeneuve "to stress the need for children who remain in Calais to be properly protected".
- Wisconsin student accused of assaulting 4 more women
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A University of Wisconsin-Madison student already accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his apartment this month has been charged with sexually assaulting four other women since early 2015.
- Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica
The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica will be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached Friday, with Russia dropping its long-held opposition. The deal, sealed by the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) at an annual meeting in Hobart after years of negotiations, will see a massive US and New Zealand-backed marine protected area established in the Ross Sea. It will cover more than 1.55 million square kilometres (600,000 square miles) -- roughly the size of Britain, Germany and France combined -- of which 1.12 million square kilometres will be a no fishing zone.
- Rancher yearns for Trump wall on US-Mexico border
To many, Donald Trump's pledge to build a wall along the US-Mexico border is unrealistic. The 77-year-old, a fifth-generation rancher on the Arizona border with Mexico, says he has grown weary of seeing drug smugglers -- rather than just cattle -- on his ranch and a wall is the answer to his troubles. "I really admire Trump for having the insight and the knowledge to know what's wrong with the current border system," he said, as he surveyed the sprawling desert plains of his 75-square-mile ranch that stretches to the Mexican border.
- Fraternity parties back at UC Berkeley with new guidelines
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fraternity and sorority parties will be back this weekend at the University of California, Berkeley after a one-week suspension, but with new guidelines aimed at keeping the often booze-filled bashes free of sexual violence.
- Kashmir kids find refuge in makeshift schools amid uprising
When Kashmir erupted in anti-India protests almost four months ago, 14-year-old Shazia Batool was sequestered at home — forbidden from venturing out as stone-throwing protesters faced off in street clashes ...