Tunisia forces kills six after standoff with militants outside Tunis: ministry

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian security forces on Friday killed six people, including five woman, after a standoff with an Islamist militant group on the outskirts of Tunis two days before a parliamentary election, authorities said. At least two militants and women and children had been holed up in the house in Oeud Ellil, west of Tunis, since Thursday after clashes in which one police officer was killed when troops surrounded the building, according to security officials. ...
Doctor with Ebola in New York hospital after return from Guinea

An exterior view of Bellevue Hospital in New York CityBy Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York City on Friday after testing positive for the virus, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city. Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, was placed in a quarantined unit at Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, six days after returning from Guinea, renewing public jitters about transmission of the disease and rattling financial markets. ...



Botswana votes in poll set to test ruling party dynasty

By Tiisetso Motsoeneng and Joe Brock GABORONE (Reuters) - Botswanans went to the polls on Friday in an election that is expected to see President Ian Khama's ruling party win a reduced majority as young and middle-class voters send out a warning to a political dynasty which has ruled for nearly five decades. Khama's Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), which has been in charge of the world's biggest diamond producer since independence from Britain in 1966, is credited with overseeing one of the most stable and democratic countries on a continent often tainted by conflict and corruption. ...
Nominees for Grammy Awards to be announced Dec. 5

NEW YORK (AP) — The Recording Academy will announce the nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards the morning of Dec. 5, except for one category: album of the year.
Algeria's Bouteflika consolidates curbs on state intelligence agency

By Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) - President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has signed a decree to curb the presence of Algeria's military intelligence service in public institutions, government sources said, to downgrade his rivals and ensure a smooth transition when he steps down. Since independence from France in 1962, Algerian politics has often been dominated by an opaque behind-the-scenes power struggle between military and civilian leaders to control branches of North African state's government. ...


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