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Wife of former FBI agent fails to find husband in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran - The wife of a missing former FBI agent said Saturday she has been unable to find out what happened to her husband despite visiting the Iranian island where he was last seen.

January 06, 2008 | By ALI AKBAR DAREINI Associated Press Writer | World


Months after mummy claim, DNA science still lags

CAIRO, Egypt - Months after Egypt boldly announced that archaeologists had identified a mummy as the most powerful queen of her time, scientists in a museum basement are still analyzing DNA from the bald, 3,500-year-old corpse to try to back up the claim aired on TV.

January 06, 2008 | By ANNA JOHNSON Associated Press Writer | World


One man dreams of an empire, built on wreckage of India’s chaotic public universities

EDITOR'S NOTE - It's one of the fundamental challenges for colleges in the 21st century: How to make higher education serve a growing population without compromising quality. In India, where the economy is growing quickly but the public university system is on the verge of chaos, one man thinks he's found the answer. This story is another in an occasional series.

January 06, 2008 | By TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press Writer | World


Japan to drop humpback whale hunt in seas off Antarctica

TOKYO - Japan is dropping its plan to kill humpback whales in the seas off Antarctica, the country's top government spokesman said Friday.

January 05, 2008 | By CARL FREIRE Associated Press Writer | World


In Europe’s east, a long frontier opens wide as EU sheds border checks

ZITTAU, Germany - European leaders celebrated Friday as the borders of nine countries along a Cold War frontier melted away, allowing a huge expansion to the EU's passport-free travel zone.

January 05, 2008 | By HOLGER MEHLIG Associated Press Writer | World


Iraqi Shiite leader says armed ’awakening’ groups should not replace government forces

BAGHDAD - The leader of the largest Shiite political party in Iraq told about 5,000 faithful who gathered Friday for Eid al-Adha prayers that U.S.-backed anti-al-Qaida armed groups - mostly comprised of Sunnis - should be on the side of government forces and not try to replace them.

January 05, 2008 | By HAMID AHMED Associated Press Writer | World


China inaugurates homegrown regional passenger jet; maiden flight set for March

SHANGHAI, China - China's first fully homegrown commercial aircraft rolled off the production line Friday, marking a potential milestone for the country's aviation program.

January 05, 2008 | By ELAINE KURTENBACH AP Business Writer | World


Hezbollah criticizes Bush comments, says Lebanon won’t obey his ’orders’

BEIRUT, Lebanon - The militant Hezbollah group denounced President Bush on Friday for urging Lebanon's anti-Syrian lawmakers to push through their own choice for president if necessary to resolve a long political deadlock.

January 05, 2008 | By BASSEM MROUE Associated Press Writer | World


Belgium arrests 14 Muslim extremists for allegedly plotting to free al-Qaida sympathizer

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Belgian police Friday arrested 14 Muslim extremists suspected of planning the jailbreak of an al-Qaida prisoner convicted of plotting a terrorist attack on U.S. air base personnel, officials said.

January 05, 2008 | By RAF CASERT Associated Press Writer | World


Police: Suicide attack kills at least 50 at compound of Pakistan’s former interior minister

SHERPAO, Pakistan - A suicide attacker detonated a bomb packed with ball bearings and nails amid hundreds of worshippers Friday at the residential compound of a former top security official for President Pervez Musharraf, killing at least 50 people, authorities said.

January 05, 2008 | By RIAZ KHAN Associated Press Writer | World


Mbeki not stepping down as South African president, despite defeat in party vote

PRETORIA, South Africa - President Thabo Mbeki, humiliated by losing the contest to lead the country's ruling party, on Friday ruled out the possibility of early elections and said it would be business as usual for his government.

January 05, 2008 | By MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press Writer | World


Israel examining Hamas truce proposal delivered by Egypt

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel is examining a Hamas truce proposal delivered by Egypt, defense officials said Thursday after at least six Palestinians were killed in a day of Israeli air and ground strikes aimed at stopping rocket salvos from Gaza.

January 04, 2008 | By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press Writer | World


Zimbabwe strains under hyperinflation; lines form outside banks for new 750,000 dollar note

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's central bank unveiled new currency notes Thursday with denominations as high as 750,000 dollars as the government tries to ease chronic shortages of cash in a hyperinflationary economy.

January 04, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | World


Performing the hajj is the Muslim faithful’s ultimate dream

MINA, Saudi Arabia - The 60-year-old Egyptian farmer spent years scraping together $11,000 to bring his wife and son here to perform Islam's hajj pilgrimage.

January 04, 2008 | By SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI Associated Press Writer | World


Strong quake rattles northern New Zealand, collapsing older buildings; minor injuries reported

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A strong earthquake struck New Zealand on Thursday night, collapsing at least three older buildings in one coastal city on North Island, sparking small fires and forcing authorities to declare a state of emergency there.

January 04, 2008 | By RAY LILLEY Associated Press Writer | World


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5 features an Amazon phone might offer

NEW YORK - A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer.

April 20, 2014 | By MAE ANDERSON Associated Press | World


In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream

DENVER - Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

April 20, 2014 | By NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press | World


Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

VATICAN CITY - Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted many Christians.

April 20, 2014 | By FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press | World


Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

JACKSON, Wyo. - No one can say precisely when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.

April 19, 2014 | By MATTHEW BROWN & MEAD GRUVER Associated Press | World


US weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

WASHINGTON - The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation last month of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

April 19, 2014 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press | World


4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed

PARIS - Four French journalists held hostage in Syria for 10 months have been released, officials said Saturday, the latest batch of reporters to be freed in what has become the world's deadliest conflict for the media.

April 19, 2014 | By DIAA HADID and ELAINE GANLEY Associated Press | World


Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face

KATMANDU, Nepal - The rescuers moved quickly, just minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear.

April 19, 2014 | By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA & TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press | World


Boston prepares for huge wave of marathon visitors

BOSTON - With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year's bombings elevating interest in one of the world's great races, the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors and an influx of tourism dollars to the area.

April 19, 2014 | By PHILIP MARCELO Associated Press | World


Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL

WASHINGTON - Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.

April 19, 2014 | By JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press | World


Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested

MOKPO, South Korea - The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need, as investigators looked into whether his evacuation order came too late to save lives. Two crew members were also arrested, a prosecutor said.

April 18, 2014 | By FOSTER KLUG and YOUKYUNG LEE Associated Press | World


Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

KATMANDU, Nepal - An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Several more were injured.

April 18, 2014 | By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA Associated Press | World


Robber who was homesick for prison to be sentenced

CHICAGO - Walter Unbehaun has spent nearly all of his adult life behind bars, so it's not surprising that he faces sentencing Thursday for yet another crime, a bank robbery last year. His reason for robbing the bank is surprising, though: He was homesick for prison.

April 17, 2014 | By MICHAEL TARM Associated Press | World


Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

EVANSTON, Ill. - They're called leggings - popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others.

April 16, 2014 | By MARTHA IRVINE Associated Press | World


Ferry sinks off South Korea; 6 dead, 290 missing

MOKPO, South Korea - Koo Bon-hee could see the exit. For half an hour, as the doomed ferry filled with water and listed severely on its side, the crew told passengers to wait for rescuers.

April 16, 2014 | By FOSTER KLUG and YOUKYUNG LEE Associated Press | World


Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

CALGARY, Alberta - The son of a Calgary police officer was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the law enforcement officials called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history.

April 16, 2014 | Associated Press | World


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