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Chad accuses UN of using its troops as 'shield' in Mali

Bamako (AFP) - The Chadian government on Friday denounced the "discriminatory" treatment of its troops in Mali, accusing the United Nations peacekeeping mission of using them as a "shield" after five were killed by a landmine.

Kobach to add disclaimer to Kansas Senate ballots

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says about 500 voters living overseas will be told they may have to re-vote in the U.S. Senate race after ballots are mailed to them Saturday.

Kerry at the UN builds support for anti-IS coalition

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry brought together 35 countries at the UN Security Council on Friday to build support for Iraq's new government and the campaign to confront jihadists.

FDA revises food safety rules due next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year after farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business.

US chief justice worried about partisanship

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts expressed concern Friday about growing partisanship in the judicial confirmation process and a public perception that politics factor into the court's rulings.

Fitch affirms US triple-A credit rating

Washington (AFP) - Ratings agency Fitch on Friday said the United States still deserves its triple-A credit rating, with its solid financial system able to bear a high level of public debt.

Father of British suspect in Syria pleads guilty in NY

New York (AFP) - An Egyptian man whose British son is reportedly a suspect in the murder of US journalists in Syria, pleaded guilty Friday in New York to playing a role in the 1998 US embassy bombings in Africa.

Obama, Clinton urge women to back Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heading into President Barack Obama's final midterm election in the White House, Democrats on Friday sought to energize female voters, pointing to women as key to the party's future.

Six killed in Boko Haram attacks in Cameroon

Yaoundé (AFP) - Six people, including four civilians, were killed on Thursday in the far north of Cameroon following two incursions by Boko Haram militants, sources told AFP on Friday.

In tight Brazil race, candidates avoid moral quagmires

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - As the battle for Brazil's presidency heats up, the leading candidates -- determined not to scare voters away -- are steering clear of divisive social issues such as gay marriage and abortion.

Western militaries scramble to aid Ebola-hit west Africa

Freetown (AFP) - Western militaries readied aid missions Friday to help Africa's Ebola-hit nations battle an epidemic which has sparked killings in panicked southern Guinea and forced a nationwide shutdown in Sierra Leone.

Canada and Quebec separatists hail Scots' vote

Ottawa (AFP) - Canadians -- including Quebec separatists -- congratulated Scots on Friday for holding a referendum on Britain's future, but they were split on what the result means for Canadian unity.

Former Connecticut Governor Rowland found guilty of campaign law violations

By Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) - Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland violated U.S. election laws by taking under-the-table payments from a business owned by the husband of a candidate whose campaign he secretly advised, a federal jury found on Friday. Rowland, a Republican who resigned from office a decade ago after admitting to taking gifts from people who did business with the state, was found guilty of seven criminal counts including two of falsifying records in a federal investigation. ...

Cuba to privatize 9,000 restaurants

Havana (AFP) - The Cuban government announced plans Friday to sell nearly 9,000 state-owned restaurants to private operators, the latest step in the communist island's economic reforms.

Exxon to halt Arctic well due to sanctions on Russia

New York (AFP) - ExxonMobil said Friday it would "wind down" a drilling project in the Russian Arctic following US sanctions targeting Moscow over its support for Ukraine's separatist rebels.

Iraqi neighbourhood holds out against jihadists

Dhuluiyah (Iraq) (AFP) - Caught between jihadists and the Tigris River, residents of one neighbourhood in a Sunni town in Iraq have taken up arms alongside security forces and held out for months.

Spending, war disputes to dog post-election, lame-duck Congress

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress will face a contentious post-election session in November dominated by a longer-term spending bill and more wrenching questions over President Barack Obama's strategy to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Lawmakers darted home on Thursday after approving stopgap funding to avert a government shutdown and authorizing the arming and training of moderate Syrian rebels. But those measures last only until Dec. 11, so Congress will have to revisit them after the Nov. 4 election. ...

Joe Biden Ends Gaffe-Heavy Week With Another Gaffe

Oh, Joe. Vice President Joe Biden managed to step in it this morning while speaking about domestic violence and sexual assault at the Democratic National Committee’s annual Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. After giving an impassioned plea to end such abuse, Biden closed his...

White House does not expect Obama, Iran's Rouhani to meet at U.N.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it did not expect President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would hold a meeting when they are in New York for the United Nations General Assembly next week. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said more details on individual meetings between Obama and world leaders at the United Nations would be announced early next week, but he did not anticipate one with Rouhani being added to the schedule. ...