Ali Regained Title in Historic Fight 40 Years Ago

by Mike Richman on October 31, 2014

Forty years ago, on Oct. 30, 1974, two American heavyweights slugged it out in Zaire - today's Democratic Republic of Congo - in a historic boxing match. “The Rumble in the Jungle,” as the fight was advertised in the U.S. and abroad, matched former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali against the reigning champ, George Foreman.  Ali knocked Foreman out to regain the crown, which he had lost seven years earlier when the U.S. government accused him of draft-dodging and boxing officials...

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Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending Nov. 1

by Ray McDonald on October 31, 2014

We’re breaking out the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending November 1, 2014. Once upon a time, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, male voices were heard in the Top 5. Alright, it was only two months ago, but still - it’s been a long time. Every one of this week’s Top 5 songs has gone platinum or multi-platinum here in the United States. Tove Lo dips a slot to fifth place with her million-selling single “Habits (Stay High).”...

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Muslim Leaders of Western Balkan Nations Pull Out of Meeting

October 31, 2014

It was meant to be a rare gathering of the leaders of the western Balkan countries bidding to join the European Union, a moment of high symbolism two decades since the wars that tore apart Yugoslavia, but old enmities again got in the way.

Leaders of …

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Somali Pirates Release Sailors After Ransom Paid

October 31, 2014

Somali pirates have freed seven Indian sailors detained for close to four years in exchange for an undisclosed ransom, Somali officials and a maritime monitoring group said on Friday.

At one time the pirates made millions of dollars in ransoms from se…

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Car Bomb Kills at Least 10 in Northeast Nigeria

October 31, 2014

A car bomb exploded at a crowded bus stop in the northeast Nigerian city of Gombe, killing at least 10 people and wounding several others near the end of the morning rush hour on Friday, a source in the emergency services said.

No one immediately clai…

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Al-Aqsa Mosque Partially Reopened after Jerusalem Clashes

October 31, 2014

Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque was partially reopened Friday, as Israel security forces let in Muslim women and older men for prayers after shuttering the area completely a day earlier.

Israeli police deployed heavily around the holy site known to Jews as…

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Ukraine, Russia Work Out Gas Deal

October 31, 2014

Russia says gas supplies to Ukraine could resume as early as next week after Ukraine pays the first installment on its debt.

Alexei Miller, the chief of Russia’s state-controlled Gazprom said Friday a multi-billion-dollar deal worked out by Russia, Uk…

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In China, Mixed Signals on Ebola Controls

October 31, 2014

Chinese authorities Friday worked to clarify their response to the West African Ebola outbreak at a time when governments around the world are trying to determine the best way to prevent the virus from reaching their shores. In China, there has been li…

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Burkina Faso President Resigns, Army Chief Takes Power

October 31, 2014

Burkina Faso’s army chief announced he had taken power in the country following the resignation of longtime president Blaise Compaore.

General Honore Traore told reporters in Ouagadougou Friday that he is in charge of the West African nation. 

Traor…

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Bradshaw, Alexander in Mostly Positive SD 15 Race

October 31, 2014

RALEIGH –  The race in Senate District 15 pits high-spending former Raleigh mayor Tom Bradshaw against first-time, fill-in legislative candidate John "Johnny Mac" Alexander to claim a seat left open by the retirement of Repu…

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