As election closes in, Obama on center stage

President Barack Obama gestures towards the crowd as they respond to his words while he speaks about the economy after participating in a roundtable discussion with working parents, small business owners, students and faculty, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at Rhode Island College in Providence, R.I. Obama wants women to know what his administration is doing to help them succeed. Four days before midterm elections in which Obama's fellow Democrats need a big turnout from female voters, Obama spoke in Rhode Island on growth in the U.S. economy and administration policies directed at women. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)WASHINGTON (AP) — Clashing views from the White House and Republicans about the nation's trajectory are closing out the final week before Election Day.



Body of Zambian president arrives home

In this Sept. 23, 2011 file photo, Zambian president Michael Sata waves after taking the oath of office on the steps of the top court in Lusaka, Zambia. The Zambian government says President Michael Sata has died died late Tuesday Oct. 28, 2014 in London where he was being for an illness. Sata's wife, Christine Kaseba, and other family members were with the 77-year-old president when he died. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — A chartered plane carrying the body of Zambian President Michael Sata arrived on Saturday in Zambia from London, where the president died in a hospital after a long illness.



South Africa arrests 2 Vietnamese for poaching

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police have arrested two Vietnamese and confiscated a large number of rhinoceros horns as part of an anti-poaching operation, authorities said Saturday.
Branson to meet Virgin Galactic space team after crash

The Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two rocket explodes in mid-air during a test flight above the Mojave DesertBy Alex Dobuzinskis MOJAVE Calif. (Reuters) - Richard Branson is set to meet his Virgin Galactic space team in California's Mojave Desert on Saturday following the crash of a passenger spaceship being developed by his company that killed one pilot and seriously injured the other. The entrepreneur has pledged to keep up the drive for space travel, saying on the company's web site: "Space is hard - but worth it. We will persevere and move forward together. ...



Australia, N.Zealand mark 100 years since first troops left for WWI

HMAS Stirling guards fire blank volleys during the Ceremonial Sunset at Anzac Peace Park in Albany, Western Australia, on October 31, 2014Australia and New Zealand on Saturday marked 100 years since their first convoy of troops left for the battlefields of World War I, with thousands attending events to commemorate the "heavy day in history". The convoy left the Western Australian town of Albany on November 1, 1914, carrying 20,000 Australian and 8,500 New Zealand soldiers bound for Gallipoli in modern day Turkey and later the battlefields of Europe. "It was a heavy day in our history and it led to even heavier times to come," Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said in remarks welcoming New Zealand leader John Key to the country. Losses in Gallipoli were hard, with the offensive claiming the lives of more than 11,000 New Zealand and Australian troops in a matter of months, although worse battles were to follow in the Great War, Key said.





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