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Filipino protesters want police in brutal dispersal punished

Protesters hit a Philippine National Police van after it rammed into protesters outside the U.S. Embassy in Manila Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The police van rammed into protesters, leaving several bloodied, as an anti-U.S. rally turned violent Wednesday at the embassy. The protesters, consisting of students, workers and tribespeople, were demanding an end to the presence of visiting U.S. troops in the Philippines and to support a call by President Rodrigo Duterte for a foreign policy not dependent on the U.S., the country's longtime treaty ally.

Hundreds of Filipinos protesting Friday outside the presidential palace burned a mock U.S. flag and asked President Rodrigo Duterte to punish police officers for brutally dispersing an anti-U.S. rally and ramming a van into some of the activists.

Burkina Faso says another coup plot foiled by authorities

Authorities have thwarted another coup plot in Burkina Faso blamed on forces loyal to the former longtime President Blaise Compaore, the country's security minister said Friday.

Pakistani tea seller turns model after fame on social media

A Pakistani tea seller with striking eyes who saw his life change overnight after a picture of him at work went viral, said Friday he was totally unaware of social media until recently, when boys and girls suddenly started thronging his tea stall to take selfies with him.

Wonder Woman named a special UN ambassador, despite protests

The United Nations celebrated Wonder Woman's 75th birthday by naming the comic book character as its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Woman and Girls, despite frustration from both inside and outside the world organization that the spot should go to a real — and less sexualized — woman.

May tries to reassure EU as UK seeks trade pacts alone

Prime Minister Theresa May signaled Friday that Britain is paving the way for trade talks with other countries well before it leaves the European Union but sought to reassure partners that this would not undermine the bloc's trade aims.

European Space Agency says Mars probe may have crash-landed, exploded

Europe's experimental Mars probe hit the right spot — but at the wrong speed — likely ending up in a fiery ball of rocket fuel when it struck the surface at high speed, scientists said Friday.

London City Airport evacuated in 'chemical incident'

London City Airport was evacuated Friday and more than two dozen people treated for breathing difficulties after what the emergency services called a reported "chemical incident."

Cyprus police: Boat with 83 migrants aboard towed to harbor

Cypriot authorities have transferred 83 Syrians who were towed into the east Mediterranean island aboard a boat with no captain to a reception center, a police spokesman said Friday.

$47 billion offer to create world's biggest tobacco company

British American Tobacco has offered to buy out Reynolds American Inc. for $47 billion in an attempt to gain a strong presence in the U.S., a lucrative market where sales of electronic cigarettes are booming as traditional smoking fades.

Cameroon train traveling between 2 largest cities derails

Authorities in Cameroon say a train overloaded with passengers has derailed along the route that links the country's two major cities.

Evacuations from Aleppo fail to materialize despite lull

A cease-fire to allow wounded civilians and rebels to leave besieged parts of Aleppo has been extended into the weekend by Russia, but hoped-for medical evacuations didn't materialize by Friday evening because of a lack of security guarantees, officials and residents said.

Mexico arrests ex-police chief of city where 43 disappeared

The former police chief of Iguala, where 43 students went missing in 2014, was detained Friday after two years at large in a development that Mexican authorities hope could shed new light on the disappearances.

Muslims protest in front of Colosseum over mosque closures

Hundreds of Muslims have gathered near Rome's Colosseum to pray and protest the closures of mosques and other places of worship.

50 years on, UK marks mine disaster that killed 128 children

People across Britain fell silent Friday to mark 50 years since a mountain of coal sludge collapsed onto a village in Wales, killing more than 140 people in one of the country's worst mining disasters.

British reporter 'Fake Sheikh' jailed for 15 months

A judge sentenced a British journalist who often posed as a Middle Eastern tycoon in sting operations to 15 months in prison on Friday, after the tabloid reporter was convicted of perverting the course of justice in an effort to get scoops.

IS attacks Iraq city of Kirkuk, power plant amid Mosul fight

Islamic State militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early Friday, in an assault that appeared aimed at diverting Iraqi security forces from a massive offensive against the IS-held city of Mosul.

The Latest: Iraqis raise flag over church in town near Mosul

The Latest on the developments in Iraq where Iraqi forces and their allies launched a major offensive this week to retake Mosul, the country's second-largest city from the Islamic State group (all times local):

South Africa's move on ICC raises concerns of African exodus

South Africa on Friday reversed its early support for the International Criminal Court and said it will withdraw from it, raising concerns of a possible African exodus that would undermine a human rights tribunal accused by some leaders of unfairly targeting the continent.

The Latest: Turkey defends fight against Syrian Kurd rebels

The Latest on developments in Syria where a Russia-announced pause in the fighting is underway to allow civilians and rebels to leave besieged areas of Aleppo (all times local):