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UK opens National Sperm Bank amid donor shortage

LONDON (AP) — Britain has opened a National Sperm Bank to help meet rising demand for donors.

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Iran foils sabotage attempt on heavy water tanks

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have foiled a sabotage attempt involving tanks used for the transportation of heavy water, a key component in nuclear reactors, an Iranian newspaper reported on Thursday.

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South Korea soldiers convicted in hazing death

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's Defense Ministry says a military court has sentenced six soldiers to up to 45 years in prison for bullying and beating a subordinate who died.

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Activists: Myanmar clinging to political prisoners

Activists: Myanmar clinging to political prisoners

In this May 6, 2014 photo, activist Win Cho gets off a police truck upon arrival for his trial at a township court in Yangon, Myanmar. Win Cho, who comes from a well-educated upper-class family, has been in and out of prison in the last two years for engaging in peaceful protests. He is now …

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Activists: Myanmar clinging to political prisoners

Activists: Myanmar clinging to political prisoners

In this May 6, 2014 photo, activist Win Cho talks from a police truck upon arrival for his trial at a township court in Yangon, Myanmar. Win Cho is now serving three months for a January rally calling for the release of all remaining political prisoners, constitutional change and the establi…

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Activists: Myanmar clinging to political prisoners

Activists: Myanmar clinging to political prisoners

In this Oct. 20, 2014 photo, Bo Kyi, a Myanmar former political prisoner, speaks during an interview in Yangon, Myanmar. As a college student Bo Kyi joined the 1988 peaceful uprising against Myanmar's then-ruling military regime. His activism led to his arrest and seven years behind bars, wh…

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Activists: Myanmar clinging to political prisoners

Activists: Myanmar clinging to political prisoners

In this Dec. 29, 2012 photo, activist Naw Ohn Hla argues with police officers during a protest march to mark the Letpadaung copper mine crackdown in Yangon, Myanmar. Naw Ohn Hla, a prominent woman activist has been jailed several times under the previous military regime and under Myanmar Pre…

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Activists: Myanmar clinging to political prisoners

Activists: Myanmar clinging to political prisoners

Activist Htin Kyaw shouts upon his arrival at a township court to face his trial Thursday, Oct 30, 2014, in Yangon, Myanmar. Htin Kyaw was found guilty Thursday of disturbing public order - the 12th sentence he faced from a days-long march through Myanmar's biggest city earlier this year. Co…

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Activists: Myanmar clinging to political prisoners

Activists: Myanmar clinging to political prisoners

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar has freed more than a thousand political prisoners since former military rulers handed over power three years ago, a move that has smoothed the former pariah state's international rehabilitation. Now the government says the job is done. Human-rights activists a…

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Barclays sets aside $805 million in rigging probe

LONDON (AP) — Barclays, Britain's second biggest bank by assets, set aside 500 million pounds ($805 million) to cover possible penalties amid international probes into the alleged rigging of foreign exchange markets.

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Ukraine-Russia gas talks deadlocked in Brussels

Ukraine-Russia gas talks deadlocked in Brussels

EU Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger addresses the media at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Trilateral gas talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine about gas supply from Russia for Europe during the upcoming winter take place i…

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Ukraine-Russia gas talks deadlocked in Brussels

Ukraine-Russia gas talks deadlocked in Brussels

EU Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger addresses the media at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The European Union’s energy chief is hoping Wednesday’s negotiations between Ukraine and Russia will assure the breakthrough needed to guarantee th…

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Ukraine-Russia gas talks deadlocked in Brussels

Ukraine-Russia gas talks deadlocked in Brussels

Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak makes his way towards the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The European Union’s energy chief is hoping Wednesday’s negotiations between Ukraine and Russia will assure the breakthrough needed to guarantee that Rus…

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Ukraine-Russia gas talks deadlocked in Brussels

Ukraine-Russia gas talks deadlocked in Brussels

Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak makes his way towards the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The European Union’s energy chief is hoping Wednesday’s negotiations between Ukraine and Russia will assure the breakthrough needed to guarantee that Rus…

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Ukraine-Russia gas talks deadlocked in Brussels

Ukraine-Russia gas talks deadlocked in Brussels

BRUSSELS (AP) — Talks to guarantee Russian gas imports into Ukraine throughout the winter are at an impasse as the rival nations consider the latest proposals to end the energy standoff.

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Stocks mostly gain after Fed ends stimulus

Stocks mostly gain after Fed ends stimulus

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Major stock indexes traded in a tight range in the early going as investors wait for word from the Federal Reserve and mull over a mixed batch of earnings results. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Stocks mostly gain after Fed ends stimulus

Stocks mostly gain after Fed ends stimulus

Specialist Michael Gagliano, left, works with traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Major stock indexes traded in a tight range in the early going as investors wait for word from the Federal Reserve and mull over a mixed batch of earnings results. (AP…

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Stocks mostly gain after Fed ends stimulus

Stocks mostly gain after Fed ends stimulus

Trader Christopher Lotito works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Major stock indexes traded in a tight range in the early going as investors wait for word from the Federal Reserve and mull over a mixed batch of earnings results. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Stocks mostly gain after Fed ends stimulus

Stocks mostly gain after Fed ends stimulus

Traders Kevin Lodewick, left, and Jonathan Niles work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Major stock indexes traded in a tight range in the early going as investors wait for word from the Federal Reserve and mull over a mixed batch of earnings results. (AP…

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Stocks mostly gain after Fed ends stimulus

Stocks mostly gain after Fed ends stimulus

HONG KONG (AP) — World stock markets mostly rose Thursday, taking in stride the Federal Reserve's announcement it will end a stimulus program that was as massive as it was controversial. The dollar strengthened after the U.S. central bank hinted at an eventual interest rate hike.

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Hopes fade for 18 trapped Turkish miners

Hopes fade for 18 trapped Turkish miners

In this photo provided by the Presidential Press Service, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks with miners on the second day after underground waters flooded a section of a coal mine in the town of Ermenek, some 500 kilometers (300 miles) south of Ankara, close to Turkey’s Mediterr…

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Hopes fade for 18 trapped Turkish miners

Hopes fade for 18 trapped Turkish miners

In this photo provided by the Presidential Press Service, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks with family members of miners on the second day after underground waters flooded a section of a coal mine in the town of Ermenek, some 500 kilometers (300 miles) south of Ankara, close to…

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Hopes fade for 18 trapped Turkish miners

Hopes fade for 18 trapped Turkish miners

Miners and security officials are seen around as rescue workers use pipes to pump water out of the mine after underground waters flooded a section of a coal mine in the town of Ermenek, some 500 kilometers (300 miles) south of Ankara, close to Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, Wednesday, Oct. 29…

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Hopes fade for 18 trapped Turkish miners

Hopes fade for 18 trapped Turkish miners

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A senior government official says hopes are fading for 18 miners trapped in a flooded coal mine in southern Turkey.

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Shell hurt by oil price drop, names new chairman

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Shell, Europe's largest oil company, reported Thursday a small fall in third quarter net profit against a backdrop of sliding oil prices, and named former DuPont Chief Executive Charles Holliday to become chairman of the board in 2015.

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