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This week's four-day Fourth Plenum in Beijing is one indicator of President Xi's consolidation of power in the party-state. The fate of security czar Zhou Yongkang, who has been detained during an anti-graft probe, is on the agenda.Peter Ford
Royal baby due date: Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting their second baby next April. The child is dubbed 'spare to the heir' in royal parlance. How likely is it that Baby No. 2 could assume the British throne?Husna Haq
The flood of advertising dollars into North Carolina symbolizes the growing influence of outside groups in political campaigns. Overall spending for the Senate race in the Tar Heel State could surpass $100 million.Mark Trumbull
More consumers are willing to drive beyond city limits to forage for wild mushrooms or camp overnight in an orchard.Kendra Nordin
Democratic Sen. Mark Udall appears to be distancing himself from an unpopular president but may have miscalculated by focusing so much of his campaign on women and reproductive rights. Amanda Paulson
As Swedes hunt for a Russian submarine suspected to be in the Stockholm archipelago, Finland's president expresses concerns about the rise in military traffic in the Baltic. Radio Sweden and YLE News
At least one chapter of the Ebola saga neared a close Sunday, as most of the dozens of people who had direct or indirect contact here with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died of Ebola, had been told by officials they were no longer at risk of contracting the disease.Manny Fernandez and Kevin Sack
Hours after U.S. military aircraft dropped ammunition and small arms to resupply Kurdish fighters in the embattled Syrian town of Kobani, Turkey’s foreign minister said Monday that the country would facilitate the movement of Iraqi Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, to the city to join the fighting.Kareem Fahim
Escalating its assistance to Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State in the Syrian town of Kobani, U.S. military aircraft on Sunday dropped ammunition, small arms and medical supplies to resupply the combatants, officials said.Eric Schmitt
Hong Kong police said Sunday that a protester had been arrested and accused of encouraging others on an online message board to confront police officers, the first arrest of that kind since the large street demonstrations began in late September.Alan Wong

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