California

$5 million for Billy the Kid photo

A $2 photograph of the outlaw Billy the Kid bought at a Fresno junk shop five years ago is worth $5 million. The 4-by-5-inch tintype shows Henry McCarty, better known as William H. Bonney or Billy the Kid, and members of his gang as they played croquet in 1878, according to Kagin’s Inc., a firm that specializes in gold coins and collectibles in Tiburon. It is one of only two portraits known to exist of the notorious Wild West figure. The other one, taken in 1880, sold for $2.3 million in 2010.

 

Washington, D.C.

Drone base to track terror group

The White House is deploying 300 U.S. troops to Africa to set up a drone base to track fighters from Boko Haram, the network of Islamic extremists that has destabilized Nigeria. U.S. forces will be based in Cameroon, where they will operate a fleet of unarmed drones that will conduct surveillance.

 

Turkey

Complaints for U.S. ambassador

Turkey summoned the U.S. ambassador to register its displeasure over growing ties between the U.S. and Kurdish militants in Syria. Turkish officials say Kurdish forces are linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which is waging a war for autonomy in Turkey.

 

Switzerland

Immigration top campaign issue

Voters go to the polls Sunday in an election dominated by immigration and asylum concerns that could lead to a shake-up of the multiparty government. All but one of 246 seats are up for grabs in parliament.

Pakistan

Seven killed in suicide attack

At least seven people were killed in a suicide attack at the office of a governing-party lawmaker, and at least four people were wounded. The motive for the attack in Taunsa, a remote town in the Dera Ghazi Khan district of Punjab province, remained unclear.

 

Australia

Officials defend feral cat killings

Officials responded to criticism from animal welfare activists and celebrities, including actress Brigitte Bardot and singer Morrissey, that a plan to kill millions of feral cats is unnecessarily cruel. Gregory Andrews, the threatened species commissioner, wrote to Bardot and Morrissey saying that feral cats contributed to the extinction of at least 27 species.

 

Vatican City

Pope issues rare public apology

Pope Francis issued an unusual public apology for church scandals. “I would like to ask for forgiveness in the name of the church for the scandals that have happened in this last period both in Rome and at the Vatican,” the pope said without being more specific.

 

Portugal

Government leaders at impasse

Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho said he won’t hold more talks with the opposition Socialists if there’s no progress toward agreement on policies. President Anibal Cavaco Silva asked Coelho to try to form a new government after the ruling coalition on Oct. 4 won the country’s first election since exiting a bailout program in 2014.

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