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Tens of thousands demand 'immediate' resignation of Burkina leader

Friday, 3:59 AM

Opposition supporters carry an opposition parliament member as smoke rises from the parliament building in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014Tens of thousands of protesters in Burkina Faso demanded on Friday the "immediate" resignation of President Blaise Compaore, as the opposition urged followers to keep up the pressure after a day of unrest that saw parliament set ablaze. The opposition "calls on people to keep up the pressure by occupying public spaces," opposition chief Zephirin Diabre told reporters. "A prerequisite for any discussion on any political transition is the unconditional departure of Mr. Blaise Compaore, pure and simple."

Rowling reveals new tidbits on Pottermore site

Friday, 3:51 AM

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 file photo, British author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers at the Southbank Centre in London. J.K. Rowling the creator of boy wizard Harry Potter published a 1,700 word essay Friday revealing the real-life inspiration behind one of her most memorable villains, the supernatural bureaucrat and Hogwarts teacher Dolores Umbridge. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)LONDON (AP) — Just in time for Halloween, J.K. Rowling has given fans a glimpse of what makes a wicked witch tick.

French 'roomies' lead the Colsaerts chase

Friday, 3:28 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium hits a fairway shot at the 9th hole of the second round during the BMW Shanghai Masters golf tournament at the Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai on October 31, 2014Nicolas Colsaerts boomed out a 64 to take the lead in the BMW Masters Friday, but it will be two French room-mates who will mount an assault on the Belgian in Saturday's third round. Alexander Levy is one shot behind Colsaerts on 13-under par after he followed his opening 65 with a solid 66 over the par-72 Lake Malaren layout. Romain Wattel -- who is sharing a room in Shanghai with long-time friend Levy -- shot 67 Friday to be third on 12-under 132. Levy, who earlier this month pipped Colsaerts to the title at the rain-shortened Portugal Masters, refuted any suggestion the two might get sick of the sight of each other, playing golf all day and then sharing a room all night.

Golfing father G-Mac finds the perfect balance

Friday, 2:50 AM

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland tees off at the 9th hole during the final day of the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament at the Shanghai Sheshan International Golf Club on November 3, 2013Former major winner Graeme McDowell believes that being the newest member of the European Tour's 'daddy club' has enabled him to re-focus on his game and achieve balance in his life. The 35-year-old Northern Irishman shot a solid three-under 69 Friday to lie well placed at eight-under par for the tournament, six shots behind leader Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium in the $7 million BMW Masters in Lake Malaren.

Parachutist rescued from Missouri television tower

Friday, 4:05 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Firefighters have rescued a parachutist who became stuck on the wires of a broadcast tower about 125 feet off of the ground and dangled for about two hours.

Firefighter injured in apartment blaze in West Philadelphia

Friday, 3:42 AM

Firefighter injured in apartment blaze in West PhiladelphiaA firefighter and resident were injured in a massive apartment blaze in West Philadelphia late Thursday night.

Monte Paschi, Carige to present recovery plans soon: Bank of Italy

Friday, 3:53 AM

The entrance of Monte dei Paschi bank headquaters is pictured in downtown SienaROME (Reuters) - Italy's Monte dei Paschi and Carige , the two banks that fared worst in the ECB's recent stress tests, will soon unveil plans aimed at strengthening their capital bases, and the Bank of Italy will oversee those plans' implementation, the head of the Italian central bank said on Friday. Ignazio Visco added that bad loans were still a problem for Italy's banking sector. He said that small and medium-sized banks that were not part of the ECB's stress tests would have to improve their capital base, their governance, risk controls, efficiency and productivity. ...

HTC makes slim profit in 'challenging quarter', but better than last year

Friday, 3:49 AM

HTC makes slim profit in 'challenging quarter', but better than last yearThe HTC One M8 and Desire smartphones have helped HTC avoid a second cruel summer of losses.>

Japan's central bank shocks markets with more easing as inflation slows

Friday, 3:27 AM

Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda walks into a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in TokyoBy Leika Kihara and Tetsushi Kajimoto TOKYO (Reuters) - The Bank of Japan shocked global financial markets on Friday by expanding its massive stimulus spending in a stark admission that economic growth and inflation have not picked up as much as expected after a sales tax hike in April. BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda portrayed the board's tightly-split decision to buy more assets as a preemptive strike to keep policy on track, rather than an admission that his plan to reflate the long moribund-economy had derailed. ...

Siemens seen picking EQT for hearing aids next week

Friday, 2:30 AM

MUNICH/LONDON (Reuters) - Siemens is likely to pick EQT next week to buy its hearing aids unit for about 2 billion euros ($2.5 billion), two sources familiar with the matter said. Danish hearing aid maker GN Store Nord was also in the running. Private equity firm Permira, which had been interested, is now out of the race, another source close to the matter said. Siemens' board is expected to make a decision on the matter next Wednesday, all three sources said. Siemens and EQT declined to comment. ...