AL-SHABAB MILITANTS FROM SOMALIA HIJACK A BUS IN NORTHERN KENYA, KILLING 28 PEOPLE ON BOARD THAT THE TERRORISTS BELIEVED TO BE NON-MUSLIMS *

POLICE SAY THE BUS WAS TRAVELING TO CAPITAL NAIROBI WHEN THE GUNMEN HIJACKED THE BUS BEFORE SINGLING OUT NON-MUSLIMS AND SHOOTING THEM DEAD *

KENYA HAS BEEN HIT BY A SERIES OF GUN AND BOMB ATTACKS BLAMED ON THE AL QAEDA-LINKED MILITANTS SINCE IT SENT TROOPS INTO SOMALIA IN OCT 2011 *

AUTHORITIES SAY THERE HAVE BEEN AT LEAST 135 ATTACKS SINCE THEN, INCLUDING LAST YEAR'S WESTGATE MALL ATTACK THAT LEFT 67 PEOPLE DEAD *

IRAQI OFFICIALS SAY THE COUNTRY'S MILITARY HAS LAUNCHED A MAJOR OPERATION TO RETAKE A SECTION OF THE CITY OF RAMADI SEIZED BY ISIS *

OFFICIALS SAY THE MILITARY, BACKED BY LOCAL TRIBESMEN, IS PUSHING INTO EASTERN RAMADI AFTER THE MILITANTS SAID THEY CAPTURED IT FRI *

ISIS CONTROLS NEARLY ALL OF ANBAR PROVINCE DESPITE IRAQI MILITARY OPS THAT HAVE BEEN BACKED BY U.S.-LED COALITION AIRSTRIKES *

SECY OF STATE JOHN KERRY CONSULTING WITH ALLIES ON HOW TO OVERCOME THE BIGGEST OBSTACLES IN REACHING A NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN *

STATE DEPT SAYS KERRY IS MEETING WITH THE FRENCH AND GERMAN FOREIGN MINS IN VIENNA THIS WKND AS A NOV 24 DEADLINE LOOMS *

THE WEST AND IRAN REMAIN DIVIDED ON HOW MUCH URANIUM-ENRICHMENT CAPACITY TEHRAN NEEDS TO MEET WHAT IT CALLS ITS "PRACTICAL NEEDS" *

THE DIFFERENCES COULD LEAD TO THE TALKS BEING EXTENDED BEYOND THE MON TARGET DATE *

BRITISH GOVT SAYS THE FIRST GROUP OF NATL HEALTH SERVICE VOLUNTEERS HAS LEFT FOR SIERRA LEONE, WHERE THEY WILL WORK IN EBOLA TREATMENT CENTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY *

MOVE IS PART OF THE RECENT DEPLOYMENT OF INTL RESOURCES IN SIERRA LEONE, WHERE THE WORLD HEALTH ORG HAS WARNED OF AN "INTENSE" SURGE IN CASES *

THE LATEST W.H.O. FIGURES SHOW THAT EBOLA IS BELIEVED TO HAVE KILLED MORE THAN 5,400 PEOPLE IN GUINEA, SIERRA LEONE AND LIBERIA *

PRES OBAMA APPROVES A PLAN TO ALLOW LIMITED AIR SUPPORT FOR AFGHAN FORCES AFTER THE CONVENTIONAL U.S. MILITARY ROLE ENDS THIS YEAR, NY TIMES AND AP REPORT *

THIS BROADENS PREVIOUS PLANS THAT HAD LIMITED THE MILITARY TO COUNTERTERRORISM MISSIONS AGAINST AL QAEDA AFTER THIS YEAR *

OBAMA'S DECISIONS ALSO ALLOW THE U.S. MILITARY TO CONDUCT AIR SUPPORT FOR AFGHAN OPERATIONS WHEN NEEDED *

OBAMA REPORTEDLY ISSUED THE GUIDELINES IN RECENT WEEKS, AS THE AMERICAN COMBAT MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN DRAWS TO A CLOSE *

STRONG EARTHQUAKE ROCKS A MOUNTAINOUS AREA OF CENTRAL JAPAN, CAUSING SEVERAL BUILDINGS TO COLLAPSE AND INJURING AT LEAST 20 PEOPLE *

THE MAGNITUDE-6.8 EARTHQUAKE STRUCK NEAR NAGANO CITY AT A DEPTH OF 6 MILES, THE JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY SAYS *

CHINESE OFFICIALS SAY A STRONG EARTHQUAKE ALSO HAS STRUCK A MOUNTAINOUS AREA OF WESTERN CHINA, KILLING AT LEAST ONE PERSON, INJURING 15 OTHERS AND CAUSING AT LEAST TWO HOMES TO COLLAPSE *

SHERIFF'S DEPUTY AND A GUNMAN KILLED IN SHOOTOUT NEAR TALLAHASSEE, FL *

AUTHORITIES SAY THE GUNMAN SET HIS HOUSE ON FIRE SAT MORNING AND FATALLY SHOT THE FIRST DEPUTY WHO ARRIVED *

THE SECOND DEPUTY WHO ARRIVED WAS SHOT BUT SAVED BY HIS BULLETPROOF VEST, AND HIS INJURIES ARE NOT CONSIDERED TO BE SERIOUS *

THREE PROTESTERS ARRESTED DURING A THIRD STRAIGHT NIGHT OF UNREST IN FERGUSON, MO, AHEAD OF THE GRAND JURY DECISION IN THE MICHAEL BROWN SHOOTING DEATH *

IT'S NOT CLEAR WHEN THE GRAND JURY'S DECISION WILL BE ANNOUNCED...THE FBI ANNOUNCED FRI IT WAS SENDING NEARLY 100 AGENTS TO THE TOWN TO HELP LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IN CASE VIOLENCE BREAKS OUT *

THE ST. LOUIS SUBURB HAS BEEN THE SCENE OF RACIALLY-CHARGED PROTESTS SINCE OFFICER DARREN WILSON SHOT AND KILLED THE UNARMED BLACK TEENAGER DURING A CONFRONTATION AUG 9 *

BUFFALO, NY, PREPARING FOR POSSIBLE FLOODING AS TEMPS WARM UP FOLLOWING THIS WEEK'S HISTORIC SNOW...THE STORM DUMPED 7 FT OF SNOW AND KILLED AT LEAST 13 PEOPLE *

NATL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WATCH IN THE BUFFALO AREA FOR SUN TO WED...NY GOV ANDREW CUOMO (D) SAYS THE STATE IS SENDING PUMPS, BOATS, HELICOPTERS AND VEHICLES THAT CAN OPERATE IN 4-5 FT OF WATER *

NATL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WATCH IN THE BUFFALO AREA FOR SUN TO WED...NY GOV ANDREW CUOMO (D) SAYS THE STATE IS SENDING PUMPS, BOATS, HELICOPTERS AND VEHICLES THAT CAN OPERATE IN 4-5 FT OF WATER *

FORMER DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA MAYOR AND CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST MARION BARRY DEAD AT 78 *

BARRY'S FOUR TERMS AS MAYOR WERE OVERSHADOWED BY HIS 1990 CONVICTION AND IMPRISONMENT FOR COCAINE POSSESSION *

HE STAGED A POLITICAL COMEBACK IN 2004 AND RETURNED TO THE D.C. COUNCIL REPRESENTING WARD 8 *

BARRY HAD SUFFERED NUMEROUS HEALTH ISSUES, INCLUDING KIDNEY PROBLEMS STEMMING FROM DIABETES, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND PROSTATE CANCER *