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Thursday Oct 08

Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus wins Nobel literature prize

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday for works that the prize judges called "a monument to suffering and courage."
Alexievich, 67, used the skills of a journalist to create literature chronicling the great tragedies of the Soviet Union and its 1991 collapse: World War II, the Soviet war in Afghanistan, the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the suicides that ensued from those mourning the death of Communism.
The Nobel academy's permanent secretary, Sara Danius, praised Alexievich as a great and innovative writer who has "mapped the soul" of the Soviet and post-Soviet people.

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Attacks continue, Israel bars ministers from Jerusalem site

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli troops shot and killed an Arab who stabbed four Israelis with a screwdriver on Thursday amid new Israeli-Palestinian violence that prompted the Israeli prime minister to bar Cabinet ministers and lawmakers from a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem's Old City that is at the heart of the latest tensions.
Two new stabbings - one in Jerusalem and another in Israel's economic hub of Tel Aviv - left several people wounded and an attacker dead.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said a Palestinian teenager stabbed a 25-year-old Israeli in the neck in Jerusalem, wounding him seriously, before police arrested the attacker.

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North Korea gears up for lavish anniversary celebration

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - With the international media, foreign guests and ethnic Koreans from around the region descending on their capital, North Koreans are being mobilized en masse to put the finishing touches on one of the few things their country wants the whole world to see - a lavish celebration and military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the nation's ruling party.
Masses of Pyongyang residents, many carrying bouquets of pink or red plastic flowers, gathered in public squares across the city Thursday to practice their roles in the grand show to be held on Saturday for the anniversary of the 1945 founding of the Workers' Party of Korea.

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Hayatou says he won't stand in FIFA election

ZURICH (AP) - The Latest from the FIFA investigation (all time local):
3:10 p.m.
Issa Hayatou has ruled himself out as a permanent successor to Sepp Blatter and says he has taken over as acting president of FIFA "amid extraordinary circumstances."
Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini have been suspended for 90 days by FIFA.
In a statement released by FIFA, Hayatou says he will only take over the top job on an interim basis and not stand in the emergency presidential election on Feb. 26.

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Hungary OKs border help from EU, NATO forces

LUXEMBOURG (AP) - The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local.
The Hungarian government has authorized allowing troops from countries in the European Union or NATO to help defend the country's borders in the midst of the migrant crisis.
A government decree published Thursday says up to 1,000 troops from Hungary's allies can take part until March 15 in the "Common Will" operation of border defense. Their tasks may include participating in joint exercises as well as direct support of the Hungarian troops on the border. Some 4,700 Hungarian soldiers are now at the country's southern borders with Serbia and Croatia.

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