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Hong Kong leader plays waiting game, protesters demand he resigns

HONG KONG - Hong Kong's leader is willing to let pro-democracy demonstrations blocking large areas of the city go on for weeks if necessary, a source close to him said, while defiant protesters vowed they would not budge. | Video

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Pimco Total Return Fund posts record $23.5 billion net outflow in September

- Pacific Investment Management Co suffered a record $23.5 billion of withdrawals from its flagship Pimco Total Return Fund in September, with its largest daily outflow occurring on the day of Bill Gross's surprise resignation from the firm.

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At least 10 killed in shelling of school and mini-van in Ukraine

DONETSK Ukraine - At least 10 people were killed on Wednesday when shells hit a school playground and a public transit mini-van in a nearby street in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, underscoring the fragility of a ceasefire between separatists and government forces. | Video

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U.S. factories lose steam but private sector steps up hiring

WASHINGTON - Growth in U.S. factory activity slowed more than expected in September even as hiring in the private sector accelerated, signs of an uneven expansion in the U.S. economy.

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Japanese rescuers find more dead on volcano, toll at 47

TOKYO - The death toll from a Japanese volcano eruption rose to 47 on Wednesday, the worst in 88 years, after more victims were discovered on the ash-covered mountain. | Video

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Israel's Netanyahu to Obama: Don't allow Iran deal that leaves it at nuclear threshold

WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday that he must make sure that any final nuclear deal with Iran does not leave it at the “threshold" of being able to develop nuclear weapons.