Most expensive U.S. Senate race down to the wire in North Carolina

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) speaks during a campaign event in CharlotteBy Colleen Jenkins GREENSBORO N.C. (Reuters) - The costliest U.S. Senate race in history is drawing political heavyweights like Mitt Romney and the Clintons to North Carolina as Republicans and Democrats scramble to pull out a win in the battleground state. Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan's lead has faded in the final stretch before the Nov. 4 vote. The latest polls show her tied or with a slight edge over Republican challenger Thom Tillis in a contest that will help decide which party controls the Senate. ...



U.S. blacklists Myanmar official ahead of Obama visit

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode IslandWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a prominent lawmaker and businessman in Myanmar for undermining economic and political reforms in the country, ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's planned visit next month. The U.S. Treasury Department said Aung Thaung, who was industry minister under the former military government and is now a member of Myanmar's lower house of parliament, has been involved in attacks on the democratic opposition. ...



Democrats in tight New England governor races
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democrats are locked in competitive governor races across New England as Republicans push their midterm offensive into one of the nation's last Democratic strongholds.

Before midterms, Obama plugs policies for women

President Barack Obama 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)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — With an election four days away, President Barack Obama urged women to raise their voices in favor of economic policies that benefit them and against politicians that he said belong in a "Mad Men" episode from a bygone era. Citing his own experiences as the son of a single mom and the father of two girls, he declared: "Some of this is personal."



US blacklists Myanmar ruling party lawmaker
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury has blacklisted a hard-line lawmaker of Myanmar's ruling party, accusing him of undermining political and economic reforms.

Coal official: Number of mining sites falls to 96
The president of the West Virginia Coal Association reports a decrease in the number of coal mining sites in the state. Bill Raney says the state has 96 active mining sites, down from 152 in 2013 and 184 ...

TV space for campaign ads hard to find this late

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2014 file photo, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, right, and her Republican challenger, Scott Brown talk during a live televised debate hosted by New England Cable News, the Concord Monitor, and the University of New Hampshire at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, N.H. New Hampshire’s Senate race, which includes media markets in Maine and Massachusetts _ is seeing, on average, a three-fold increase in spending on political advertising, but prime ad time is far more saturated. (AP Photo/Concord Monitor, Geoff Forester, Pool)MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A Democratic super PAC wanted to run a 30-second ad during a Friday evening newscast on New Hampshire's one network station — and was even willing to shell out the $10,000 that the station demanded.



White House says Syria strategy working, policy on Assad clear
By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House and Pentagon sought to portray a unified stance on Syria on Friday after reports that a memo from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel criticized U.S. strategy as fuzzy on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said U.S. strategy against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was working. He denied Washington was focused on weakening the Islamic militants at the expense of its parallel goal of pushing Assad out of power. ...

Obama urges Snyder's defeat despite common ground

FILE- In a Dec. 10, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, right, is greeted by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder as they arrive at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Mich. When Obama campaigns in Detroit on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, he will be urging the defeat of Snyder, a Republican governor, with whom he has more common ground than most and who, unlike other GOP leaders, doesn’t openly condemn the president or his policies. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — When President Barack Obama campaigns in Detroit on Saturday night, he will be urging the defeat of a Republican governor with whom he has more common ground than most and who, unlike other GOP leaders, doesn't condemn the unpopular president or his policies.



Hong Kong activists mull Beijing visit during APEC

Hong Kong activists mull Beijing visit during APECHong Kong student protest leaders are considering visiting Beijing while it hosts a major Asian summit next week to press their demands for greater democratic reforms. Student leader Alex Chow said at ...



U.N. talks of tough global climate targets, vague on national action

UNEP Executive Director Steiner is pictured after a news conference on "Rio +20" in Rio de JaneiroBy Alister Doyle COPENHAGEN, Oct 31 (Reuters) - - A draft U.N. guide for slowing climate change says world greenhouse gas emissions may have to fall to a net zero this century but is vague about what each nation should do now. About 500 delegates, including scientists and government experts, are meeting in Copenhagen to edit the report, which is meant to guide policymakers in setting national goals for a global climate deal at a U.N. summit in Paris in late 2015. The draft synthesis report by the U.N. ...



Myanmar's leaders seek to revive peace talks, maintain reforms

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who is running for Governor of Maine, in MaineBy Aung Hla Tun and Paul Mooney YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's political and ethnic leaders agreed on Friday to work together on reforms and peace talks ahead of a 2015 election after U.S. President Barack Obama urged the government to make every effort to end ethnic conflict. The president and the military chief met opposition parties and ethnic minority groups at a roundtable meeting in the capital Naypyitaw, the first meeting of its kind in the Southeast Asian nation. ...



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