BRITISH NATL AMONG FIVE PEOPLE KILLED IN HOMICIDE BOMB ATTACK THURS ON FOREIGN EMBASSY CONVOY IN KABUL, AFGHANISTAN *

THE TALIBAN HAS CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE BLAST, WHICH COMES AMID SPIKE IN ATTACKS ON LOCAL SECURITY FORCES AND U.S. AND NATO TROOPS *

TWO U.S. SOLDIERS WERE KILLED IN AN ATTACK ON NATO FORCES MON *

AT LEAST 30 CIVILIANS WERE WOUNDED IN TODAY'S BLAST *

ISRAEL'S SHIN BET SECURITY SERVICE NABS AT LEAST 30 HAMAS MILITANTS SUSPECTED OF PLOTTING LARGE-SCALE ATTACKS ON ISRAELIS IN JERUSALEM *

TARGETS REPORTEDLY INCLUDED JERUSALEM'S LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM AND ITS LARGEST SOCCER STADIUM *

ARRESTS, WHICH TOOK PLACE IN THE WEST BANK, COME AMID ISRAEL'S WORST SUSTAINED BOUT OF VIOLENCE IN NEARLY A DECADE *

11 ISRAELIS HAVE BEEN KILLED IN PALESTINIAN ATTACKS OVER THE PAST MONTH *

U.S. RESEARCHERS SAY AN EXPERIMENTAL EBOLA VACCINE APPEARS SAFE AND HAS TRIGGERED SIGNS OF IMMUNE PROTECTION IN TESTS ON THE FIRST 20 VOLUNTEERS *

VACCINE IS DESIGNED TO SPUR IMMUNE SYSTEM PRODUCTION OF ANTI-EBOLA ANTIBODIES *

RESEARCHERS HAVE REPORTED NO SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS IN FIRST HUMAN TRIALS OF EXPERIMENTAL VACCINE *

LATEST EBOLA OUTBREAK HAS KILLED MORE THAN 5,600 PEOPLE IN WEST AFRICA *

POPE FRANCIS URGING RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL LEADERS TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST ATTACKS ON CHRISTIANS BY ISIS TERRORISTS *

FRANCIS SAYS PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS TODAY IS "THE WORST" IT'S BEEN SINCE CHRISTIANITY'S EARLIEST DAYS *

PONTIFF SAYS POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS, ESPECIALLY MUSLIMS, NEED TO "TAKE A CLEAR AND BRAVE STAND" AGAINST PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS, YAZIDIS AND OTHER ETHNIC COMMUNITIES IN IRAQ *

FRANCIS BEGINS A THREE-DAY VISIT TO TURKEY ON FRI *

SYRIAN GROUP PURPORTEDLY HACKS U.S. SOCIAL MEDIA FIRM GIGYA *

CEO PATRICK SALYER SAYS HACKERS REROUTED INTERNET TRAFFIC FROM GIGYA TO A COMPUTER SERVER AND POSTED A MESSAGE FROM THE SYRIAN ELECTRONIC ARMY *

GIGYA SAYS NO USER OR COMPANY DATA WAS COMPROMISED...THE SYRIAN GROUP IN THE PAST HAS TAKEN CREDIT FOR HACKING MEDIA SITES LIKE E! ONLINE AND THE BBC *

PRES OBAMA CALLS MEMBERS FROM ALL FIVE MILITARY BRANCHES TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE AS PART OF A THANKSGIVING DAY TRADITION *

THE PRES ALSO TOOK PART IN A CONFERENCE CALL WITH TROOPS IN WEST AFRICA *

OBAMA TOLD SERVICE MEMBERS THEIR VARIED MISSIONS AROUND THE WORLD - FROM FIGHTING EBOLA IN WEST AFRICA TO THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST ISIS - ARE ALL AIMED AT KEEPING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE *

MEXICAN PRES ENRIQUE PENA NIETO ANNOUNCES A NATIONWIDE ANTI-CRIME PLAN THAT WOULD GIVE CONGRESS THE POWER TO DISSOLVE CORRUPT MUNICIPAL GOVTS AND PLACE LOCAL POLICE FORCES UNDER STATE CONTROL *

HE IS ALSO CALLING FOR SOME KIND OF NATIONAL IDENTITY DOCUMENT *

PLAN COMES TWO MONTHS AFTER 43 STUDENTS DISAPPEARED FROM GUERRERO STATE AND ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN MURDERED BY A DRUG GANG *

MEANWHILE, AUTHORITIES IN GUERRERO ON THURS FOUND THE PARTIALLY BURNED BODIES OF 11 MEN DUMPED ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD *

AUTHORITIES IN HAWAII REOPEN A ROAD THREATENED BY LAVA FROM KILAUEA VOLCANO *

THE ROAD WAS CLOSED LAST MONTH AMID FEARS THE LAVA WOULD INUNDATE IT, BUT THE LAVA STALLED ABOUT 500 FT AWAY *

MEANWHILE, HAWAII'S CIVIL DEFENSE AGENCY SAYS LAVA FLOW BREAKOUTS REMAIN ACTIVE UPSLOPE, BUT DON'T POSE ANY IMMEDIATE THREAT *

HONG KONG COURT BANS A HIGH-PROFILE STUDENT LEADER FROM GOING NEAR A RECENTLY CLEARED PROTEST SITE *

18-YR-OLD JOSHUA WONG WAS ARRESTED WED AS AUTHORITIES CLEARED THE SITE IN THE VOLATILE MONG KOK NEIGHBORHOOD *

PROTESTS ARE ENTERING THEIR THIRD MONTH AS DEMONSTRATORS SEEK FAIR ELECTIONS AND THE RESIGNATION OF HONG KONG'S BEIJING-BACKED LEADER, AMONG OTHER REFORMS *

CAR CRASHES INTO A PA CHAPEL HONORING VICTIMS OF UNITED AIRLINES FLT 93, TEMPORARILY CLOSING IT *

THE CAR HIT THE CHAPEL AFTER A TWO-VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON TUES, KILLING A SHANKSVILLE, PA WOMAN AND INJURING THE OTHER DRIVER *

THE CHAPEL IN STONYCREEK TOWNSHIP IS A SPIRITUAL MEMORIAL TO THE 40 VICTIMS OF FLT 93, WHICH CRASHED IN A NEARBY FIELD ON SEPT 11, 2001 *

TORRENTIAL RAINS ALONG THE FRENCH RIVIERA INUNDATE HOMES AND ROADS, LEAVING AT LEAST ONE DEAD AND THREE PEOPLE MISSING *

FRENCH INTERIOR MIN SAYS A WOMAN WAS FOUND DEAD IN LA LONDE-LES-MAURES AFTER HER CAR WAS SWEPT AWAY BY RAGING WATERS *

TEMPORARY SHELTERS HAVE BEEN SET UP IN SEVERAL TOWNS IN THE VAR REGION AND HELICOPTERS ARE LIFTING STRANDED RESIDENTS TO SAFETY *

AT LEAST 13 PRISONERS DIE OF DRUG OVERDOSES AFTER INMATES STORMED A PRISON INFIRMARY IN VENEZUELA *

THE VENEZUELAN GOVT SAYS 145 INMATES ARE BEING TREATED FOR INTOXICATION, WHILE ACTIVISTS SAY THE DEATH TOLL IS PROBABLY HIGHER THAN REPORTED *

VIOLENCE BEGAN MON WHEN A GROUP OF INMATES WENT ON A HUNGER STRIKE TO FORCE OUT THE PRISON'S NEW WARDEN AND DEMAND BETTER LIVING CONDITIONS *

VENEZUELA'S NATIONAL GUARD HAS BEEN CALLED IN *

BOLLYWOOD ACTRESS REPORTEDLY SENTENCED IN PAKISTAN TO 26 YEARS IN JAIL FOR BLASPHEMY *

VEENA MALIK, HER HUSBAND, AND THE OWNER OF THE NETWORK THAT AIRED THE PROGRAM, WERE SENTENCED BY A PAKISTANI ANTI-TERRORISM COURT TO 104 YEARS COMBINED FOR "MALICIOUS ACTS" OF BLASPHEMY *

JUDGE ALSO ASKED FOR THE IMMEDIATE ARREST OF ALL THREE, WHO ARE REPORTEDLY LIVING IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES *