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In this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, a miner stands in a shaft at the Chelyuskintsev coal mine in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Coal miners stuck in the middle of Ukraine’s war

- Associated Press

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.

A man rides a motorcycle past Turkish troops guarding Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga soldiers prior to their departure to the Syrian city of Kobani, outside a staging area on the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police

- Associated Press

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.

A car burns outside the parliament building in Burkina Faso as people protest against their longtime President Blaise Compaore who is seeking another term in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)

Burkina Faso protesters burn down parliament

- The Washington Times

Thousands of anti-government protesters set fire to Burkina Faso’s parliament in the capital Ouagadougou in West Africa and are reportedly making their way toward President Blaise Compaore’s palace, forcing the government to at least temporarily scrap plans to extend the president’s 27-year rule.

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom speaks during a news conference Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at the government building Rosenbad, in Stockholm, after Sweden's new government officially recognized a Palestinian state. (AP Photo/Annika af Klercker)

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

- Associated Press

Sweden’s new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state — a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel’s plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.

Greek Public Order Minister Vassilis Kikilias pushed back against media reports that Greece has detected six Islamic State recruits traveling through. "We've been monitoring a lot of guys that pass by. But there was no arrest of jihadists in Greece," he said. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Terror issues loom large in Greek official Kikilias’ Washington visit

- The Washington Times

It is “too early to tell” whether the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State will work, says a top Greek national security official who was in Washington this week to discuss how his nation can better coordinate with the U.S. to track extremist foreign fighters between Europe and the Middle East.

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Ohio man detained in North Korea returning to work

- Associated Press

An American arrested and detained in North Korea is headed back to the job he lost while abroad, with an agreement that his travel was risky and he could be fired for doing it again.

A state trooper is stationed across from the house of nurse Kaci Hickox in Fort Kent, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. State officials are going to court to keep Hickox in quarantine for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10. Police are monitoring her, but can't detain her without a court order signed by a judge.( AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Soldier or civilian, Ebola protocols not the same

- Associated Press

A U.S. soldier returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa would have to spend 21 days being monitored, isolated in a military facility away from family and the broader population. A returning civilian doctor or nurse who directly treated Ebola patients? Depends.

Myanmar President Thein Sein, left, shakes hands with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during their meeting at Myanmar Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar Friday, Oct 31, 2014. Myanmar's president is holding a rare meeting with Suu Kyi that also includes the country's political and military heavyweights. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

Myanmar's president, army chief meet Suu Kyi

- Associated Press

Myanmar's president held talks Friday that for the first time brought together opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the military chief in a bid to showcase the nation's political dialogue less than two weeks before President Barack Obama and other leaders attend a regional summit.

Nguyen Van Hai, one of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents, speaks to the Associated Press on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in Los Angeles after being released from prison and flown to the United States. Hai, who is known as Dieu Cay, was serving a 12-year prison term on charges of spreading "propaganda against the state" through his blogging and citizen media activities. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

AP Interview: Dissident forced to leave Vietnam

- Associated Press

One of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents said he was asked to sign a form seeking a pardon for spreading "propaganda against the state" before his release from prison last week, then forced onto a U.S.-bound flight with just the clothes on his body.

Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis

- Associated Press

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.

US ambassador says she's monitoring for Ebola

- Associated Press

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, newly returned from a visit to the West African countries worst hit by Ebola, said Friday she is self-monitoring for the virus like anyone else.

Marine's lawyers seek new judge in war crime case

- Associated Press

Attorneys for a Marine being retried on a murder charge in a major Iraq war crime case have asked a judge to remove himself, saying he's incapable of being impartial and objective.

Cheering local people surround a group of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga troops arrived in Nusaybin, Mardin in southeastern Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The Peshmergas are on their way to Syria to help Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State group extremists in the embattled border town of Kobani. ( AP Photo)

Peshmerga troops start entering Syrian border town

- Associated Press

Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani via Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops headed there, activists said.

Insurance program accused of destroying records

- Associated Press

Secretary of State Tom Schedler says Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration may have improperly destroyed records in the state employee health insurance program, which is in the middle of a heavily criticized rewrite of benefit plans.