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Followers of militant Shiite cleric protest triple bombing in southern Iraq

BAGHDAD - Thousands of followers of a radical cleric took to Baghdad's streets after Friday prayers to protest a triple car bombing in one of their southern strongholds and make a show of strength directed at a rival Shiite power broker.

December 29, 2007 | By BRADLEY BROOKS Associated Press Writer | World


Vatican defends its right to spread its message, says it does not limit other people’s freedom

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican, which has been accused of aggressively seeking souls in Russia and some other countries, said Friday it has every right to spread its message and accept converts but that non-Catholics must never be forced to embrace the faith.

December 29, 2007 | By VICTOR L. SIMPSON Associated Press Writer | World


EU says Serb membership hinges on handing over war criminals, respecting Kosovo independence

BRUSSELS, Belgium - French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday that Serbia could only join the European Union if it lived up to international demands to hand over war crime suspects and respected the independence of Kosovo.

December 29, 2007 | By CONSTANT BRAND Associated Press Writer | World


Al-Qaida’s No. 2 blasts Annapolis peace conference as betrayal of Palestinians in new message

CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida's deputy leader denounced last month's Mideast peace conference in Annapolis, Md., as a ''betrayal'' of Palestinians in a new audio message posted Friday on an Islamic militant Web site,

December 29, 2007 | By MAGGIE MICHAEL Associated Press Writer | World


Police detain wife, children of Argentine Dirty War defendant who died in jail

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Police have detained the wife and two children of a former coast guard officer who died in custody while facing a dictatorship-era human rights trial, hours after an autopsy found cyanide in the man's blood, a judge said Friday.

December 29, 2007 | By BILL CORMIER Associated Press Writer | World


Bali climate talks head toward compromise between US, EU on final day

BALI, Indonesia - U.S., European and other envoys talked far into the night Friday as they forged a compromise at the U.N. climate conference, breaking a deadlock over how ambitious the goal should be in negotiating future cutbacks in global-warming gases.

December 29, 2007 | Bali climate talks head toward compromise between US, EU on final day AP Special Correspondent | World


North and South Korean end military talks without agreement on joint fishing zone

SEOUL, South Korea - North and South Korea ended three days of talks Friday without an agreement on creating a shared fishing zone to defuse tensions along their disputed sea border.

December 29, 2007 | By JAE-SOON CHANG Associated Press Writer | World


Archbishop of Canterbury won’t change decision not to invite gay bishop to Anglican summit

LONDON (AP) - The archbishop of Canterbury said Friday he will not reverse his decision to exclude a gay U.S. bishop from joining other bishops at a global Anglican gathering next year.

December 29, 2007 | By ROBERT BARR Associated Press Writer | World


Senior Fatah official kidnapped by Hamas in Gaza, 3 killed in explosion

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Hamas gunmen on Friday burst into the home of a top Fatah official in Gaza and arrested him, relatives said. He was the most senior Fatah politician to be detained since Hamas forces overtook the territory in June.

December 29, 2007 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | World


Report says human trafficking a growing problem in China and Southeast Asia

BEIJING - Cross-border human trafficking for forced labor and prostitution is a growing problem along China's southern border, officials said Friday at a conference on the issue.

December 29, 2007 | By HENRY SANDERSON Associated Press Writer | World


Pentagon chief says US will tone down appeals for more NATO help in Afghanistan

EDINBURGH, Scotland - The Bush administration has decided to tone down its appeals to NATO allies for more troops and other aid in the fight against the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday.

December 29, 2007 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | World


EU leaders sign bloc’s new treaty, give go-ahead for a European president

LISBON, Portugal - European Union leaders signed a new treaty on Thursday that would give the 27-nation bloc a long-term president and streamline its decision-making process.

December 28, 2007 | By BARRY HATTON Associated Press Writer | World


Sirens, displays mark Chinese commemoration of ’Nanking Massacre’

BEIJING - Sirens sounded and students stood at attention Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan's notorious wartime massacre of civilians in the Chinese city of Nanjing.

December 28, 2007 | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press Writer | World


Malaysia arrests ethnic Indians under law allowing detention without trial

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysian authorities arrested five ethnic Indian activists Thursday under a security law that allows indefinite detention without trial, a lawyer said.

December 28, 2007 | By SEAN YOONG Associated Press Writer | World


Russia, Iran agree on completion schedule for Bushehr plant, reports say

MOSCOW - Russia and Iran reached agreement Thursday on a schedule for finishing construction of a nuclear power plant that plays a central role in the international tensions over Iran's atomic program, Russian news agencies reported.

December 28, 2007 | By JIM HEINTZ Associated Press Writer | World


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Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76.

April 20, 2014 | By GREG BEACHAM Associated Press | World


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


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