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at 14:14 on October 31, 2014, EDT.

Violent protests push longtime Burkina Faso president from power; army general takes over

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending the 27-year reign of one of Africa's longest-serving rulers who had survived previous attempts to topple him.

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at 13:59 on October 31, 2014, EDT.

US judge rejects state's attempt to restrict movements of nurse who defied Ebola quarantine

FORT KENT, Maine - A nurse who defied an Ebola quarantine in the state of Maine after treating patients in West Africa can travel unrestricted after a judge on Friday rejected the state's bid to limit her movements.

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at 13:16 on October 31, 2014, EDT.

Hello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and cool: How a nameless cat achieved global fame

TOKYO - When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty.

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at 09:44 on October 31, 2014, EDT.

Survivalist wanted in deadly trooper ambush caught; prosecutors to seek death penalty

LORDS VALLEY, Pa. - A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, was captured by U.S. marshals near an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt that had rattled the nerves of area residents.

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at 09:38 on October 31, 2014, EDT.

Thick smoke seen pouring from upper floors of French state radio headquarters

PARIS - A fire at the Paris headquarters of French state radio is sending columns of thick black smoke out of more than a dozen windows.

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at 08:49 on October 31, 2014, EDT.

Afghan leader makes rare reference to Taliban by name at Beijing conference

BEIJING, China - Afghanistan's new president invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community on Friday, in an unusual direct reference to the insurgents who have stepped up attacks aimed at bringing down his month-old government.

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