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Some evacuations lifted in San Diego fire area

Some evacuation orders were lifted early Friday in an area near the fiercest of several wildfires in San Diego County, as crews building containment lines around the blazes hoped cooler temperatures will help them make further progress.


Violence abates in Vietnam as U.S. warns China for 'provocation'

By Nguyen Phuong Linh and Matt Spetalnick HANOI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Anti-China violence subsided in Vietnam on Friday after the prime minister called for calm, but the United States said China's "provocative" actions in maritime disputes were dangerous and had to stop. Thousands of people attacked businesses and factories in Vietnam's industrial parks earlier in the week, targeting Chinese workers and Chinese-owned businesses after Beijing parked an oil rig in a part of the South China Sea claimed by Hanoi. The riots risk derailing a major driver of the country's economic growth - industrial parks account for more than 30 percent of Vietnam's exports and have attracted around $110 billion in foreign direct investment.


Rare footage shows 'brave struggle' of FDR walking

Rare film footage featuring President Franklin D. Roosevelt walking to his seat at a baseball game helps dispel the myth that he tried to hide his disability and shows the courage it took to go about his daily life, experts said Friday.

10 dead, 70 wounded in Kenya bombings

Two bombs exploded in a market in Kenya's capital on Friday, killing 10 people and injuring 70 as hundreds of British tourists were evacuated from a coastal area where Islamic extremists have operated.


Rocket attack kills 13 in Syria's Aleppo

Rebels fired a rocket that struck a government-held neighborhood Friday in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, killing 13 people, Syria's state news agency reported.


U.S. fines GM $35M in safety case

The U.S. government is fining General Motors $35 million for delays in recalling small cars with faulty ignition switches.


Paris summit to try to rally region against Nigeria's Boko Haram

By John Irish and Bate Felix PARIS/ABUJA (Reuters) - West African leaders meet in Paris on Saturday to try to improve cooperation in their fight against the Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls and threatens to destabilize the wider region. Outrage over the kidnapping has already prompted Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, criticized at home for his government's slow response, to accept U.S., British and French intelligence help in the hunt for the girls. Last week he asked France, itself a target of Islamist militants for its military intervention against Islamist rebels in Mali, to arrange a summit in Paris with Nigeria's neighbors Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin, and Western officials. French diplomats ruled out any Western military operation but said they expected a regional plan to take shape for countering Boko Haram, which has killed more than 3,000 people in a five-year campaign to establish an Islamic state in mostly Muslim northeast Nigeria.

Severe floods sweep Serbia, Bosnia

Boats sailed through the streets of a Serbian town on Friday on a mission to rescue people trapped by rising waters as the worst floods ever recorded swept Serbia and Bosnia. Some residents of Obrenovac, 30 km (20 miles) southwest of the capital Belgrade, were stranded on the roofs of their homes, calling for help. Thousands have been evacuated from homes in central and western areas of Serbia. Another 65,000 were without electricity in neighboring Bosnia.


Pro-Russian insurgents retreat in Ukraine's east

Local patrols by steelworkers have forced pro-Russia insurgents to retreat from the government buildings they had seized in a major city in eastern Ukraine, giving residents hope that a wave of anarchy was over.


Turkish mining company denies negligence

SOMA, Turkey (AP) — Senior Turkish officials denied allegations of lax government oversight and a Turkish mining company defended its safety record Friday, four days after at least 284 people died in an underground blaze at a coal mine in western Turkey.


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