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BERLIN — The European Space Agency on Thursday published the first image taken from the surface of a comet, and said that its Philae lander is still “stable” despite a failure to latch on properly to the rocky terrain. The lander scored a historic first Wednesday, when it touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after a decade-long journey through space on its mother ship Rosetta. By Frank Jordans. SENT: 350 words, photo. UPCOMING: developments from briefing at 1300 GMT.
GENEVA — Accelerated clinical trials will be launched in West Africa to speed the search for a treatment for the deadly Ebola virus, Doctors Without Borders announced Thursday. The international humanitarian group said it will host clinical trials starting next month in three Ebola treatment centers using experimental drugs that haven’t been through the usual lengthy process of study with animals and healthy people. By John Heilprin. SENT: 300 words.
PARIS — A lot needs to go right for the eurozone economy to get going again. A report Friday is expected to show the 18-country currency union barely grew in the third quarter — its failure to achieve lift-off in the year since emerging from its longest-ever recession has proved frustrating for Europeans and burdensome for the global economy. By Greg Keller and Carlo Piovano. SENT: 710 words, photos.
TURKEY-SYRIA-WATCHING THE BORDER
CAYKARA, Turkey— Their collars pulled up against the evening cold, a group of men and women peer through binoculars, scanning the fields along a barbed wire fence. They are some of the hundreds of volunteers, predominantly Turkish Kurds, who have traveled from villages, towns and cities across southeastern Turkey and even from Istanbul, to keep watch on the border. They are on the lookout for potential fighters of the extremist Islamic State group attempting to cross into Kobani, besieged since mid-September. By Elena Becatoros. SENT: 980 words, photos.
KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine says the security situation in rebel-held areas in the east has steadily worsened as separatist fighters move closer to demarcation lines separating them from government forces. National Security and Defense Council spokesman Andriy Lysenko said Thursday that the Russian army is massing troops, including air defense units, near the border — claims Moscow has denied. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1300 GMT.
BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania’s presidential runoff on Sunday sees Prime Minister Victor Ponta facing off against Klaus Iohannis, the ethnic German mayor of the Transylvanian city of Sibiu. Ponta, a 42-year-old former prosecutor, led Iohannis by 10 points in first-round voting Nov. 2, and polls show Ponta’s likely to see off his opponent despite corruption probes and convictions of some of senior aides. A look at the people and issues involved. By Alison Mutler. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 1300 GMT.