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Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announces another 6-month cease-fire for his militia

BAGHDAD - Anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced Friday that he has extended a cease-fire order to his Shiite militia for another six months, giving Iraq a chance to continue its fragile recovery from brutal sectarian violence.

March 08, 2008 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Turkey launches ground incursion into Iraq, escalating conflict with Kurd rebels

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkish troops launched a ground incursion across the border into Iraq in pursuit of separatist Kurdish rebels, the military said Friday - a move that dramatically escalates Turkey's conflict with the militants.

March 08, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


9 dead, 10 missing after ferryboat sinks in Brazil

SAO PAULO, Brazil - A ferryboat carrying more than 100 passengers collided with a barge loaded with fuel tanks and sank to the bottom of the Amazon River on Thursday, officials said. At least nine people died, and another 10 were missing and feared dead.

March 07, 2008 | By STAN LEHMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


British foreign secretary says 2 rendition flights landed at Diego Garcia

LONDON - A British territory was used in the secret transfer of terrorism suspects in 2002, Foreign Secretary David Miliband said in an awkward admission Thursday that came after U.S. officials disclosed records of two cases involving detainees.

March 07, 2008 | By PAISLEY DODDS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Thousands challenge victory of Armenian PM in presidential vote in 2nd day of protests

YEREVAN, Armenia - Tens of thousands of opposition supporters returned to the streets of Armenia's capital on Thursday to galvanize support for their claim that the presidential election was rigged.

March 07, 2008 | By AVET DEMOURIAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Protesters break into US Embassy in Belgrade, set fire to office

BELGRADE, Serbia - Serb rioters set fire to an office inside the U.S. Embassy Thursday and police clashed with protesters outside other embassy buildings after a large demonstration against Kosovo's declaration of independence.

March 07, 2008 | By SLOBODAN LEKIC Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


German treasure hunter says he may have found storied Nazi plunder

BERLIN - A German lawmaker and part-time treasure hunter claimed Thursday he may have found where the Nazis stashed pieces of the storied Amber Room treasure plundered from the Soviet Union during World War II.

March 07, 2008 | By CAMERON ABADI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Bush says US not seeking military power in Africa or showdown with China

ACCRA, Ghana - In a country teeming with resources the world covets, President Bush sought Wednesday to soothe African fears about American interests on the continent. He said the U.S. isn't aiming to make Africa into a base for greater military power or a proxy battleground with China.

March 06, 2008 | By JENNIFER LOVEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Palestinian official suggests a Kosovo-like declaration of independence

RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinians should follow Kosovo's example and unilaterally declare independence if peace talks with Israel fail, a senior Palestinian official said Wednesday, but the Palestinian president said the proposal was premature.

March 06, 2008 | By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Al-Sadr threatens to end cease-fire as funeral held for slain police

BAGHDAD - Anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr may let a six-month cease-fire expire as soon as Saturday, a move that could send his Shiite militia fighters back to the streets and jeopardize security gains that have led to a sharp decline in violence.

March 06, 2008 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Thousands of Darfur refugees trapped by government offensive, say rebels, aid workers

CAIRO, Egypt - A fresh Sudanese offensive by government soldiers and Arab militiamen against Darfur rebels has trapped thousands of refugees along the Chadian border, the rebels and humanitarian workers said Wednesday.

March 06, 2008 | By ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


NATO peacekeepers close off roads between Kosovo and Serbia amid more protests

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Kosovo - NATO peacekeepers reopened two demolished border checkpoints between Serbia and northern Kosovo Wednesday as thousands of Serbs protested Kosovo's independence.

March 06, 2008 | By DUSAN STOJANOVIC Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Germany’s Merkel presses Liechtenstein PM for help in tax-evasion probe

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed the prime minister of tiny Liechtenstein on Wednesday for assistance in a large-scale tax-evasion investigation targeting hundreds of German citizens.

March 06, 2008 | By GEIR MOULSON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


At genocide site, Bush urges world action to stop bloodshed in Africa

KIGALI, Rwanda - On ground haunted by one of the worst atrocities of modern times, President Bush pleaded with the global community Tuesday for decisive action to stop grisly violence in African nations like Kenya and Sudan.

March 05, 2008 | By JENNIFER LOVEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


US, North Korean envoys meet in Beijing in attempt to revive disarmament process

INCHEON, South Korea - North Korea and U.S. negotiators met Tuesday for the first time in two months with Pyongyang expressing interest in resuming the stalled process to eliminate its nuclear programs, the main U.S. envoy said.

March 05, 2008 | By JAE-SOON CHANG Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Concerns over drug prompt delay of Georgia woman's execution

JACKSON, Ga. - Citing concerns about the drug to be used in a lethal injection, corrections officials in Georgia postponed the execution of the state's only female death row inmate for the second time in a week.

March 03, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Mother of Georgia man killed by police denies he was armed

SAVANNAH - The mother of a handcuffed man killed by police said Monday she doesn't believe investigators' findings that her son was armed with a gun, and she suspects a cover-up to protect the officer who shot him five times.

March 02, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


New medical marijuana bill in Senate stricter than House's

ATLANTA - A senator said Monday that he has filed a new bill to legalize medicinal marijuana in Georgia that would avoid legal problems that could arise under the House version, which passed overwhelmingly last week.

March 02, 2015 | By BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Netanyahu assails Iran deal, touts US-Israel ties

WASHINGTON - Seeking to lower tensions, Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. officials cast their dispute over Iran as a family squabble on Monday, even as the Israeli leader claimed President Barack Obama did not - and could not - fully understand his nation's vital security concerns.

March 02, 2015 | By JULIE PACE and ARON HELLER Associated Press | Associated Press


Execution of Georgia woman postponed; problem with drug

JACKSON, Ga. - Georgia postponed its first execution of a woman in 70 years late Monday, as officials cited problems with the lone drug that would be used for the lethal injection.

March 02, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Public paycheck? Likely climbing if you're connected to Deal

ATLANTA - Many of Gov. Nathan Deal's top aides and senior executive branch officials got raises for 2015 that will far exceed what most teachers and state workers can expect in coming year.

March 01, 2015 | From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Associated Press


GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge

WASHINGTON - Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge.

February 28, 2015 | By ERICA WERNER Associated Press | Associated Press


Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

LOS ANGELES - In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock." Two decades later, he bowed to fate with "I Am Spock," a revisionist sequel.

February 27, 2015 | By LYNN ELBER Associated Press | Associated Press


Federal regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

WASHINGTON - Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking Web traffic.

February 26, 2015 | By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press | Associated Press


No charges for Savannah officer who shot handcuffed man

SAVANNAH - A police officer who fatally shot a handcuffed man won't face criminal charges after a grand jury concluded Wednesday that the suspect was armed with a handgun police missed while patting him down.

February 25, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Ga. House bill OKs cannabis oil to treat 9 health problems

ATLANTA - The Georgia House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to legalize cannabis oil for the treatment of nine major health problems, including sickle cell disease added at the last minute.

February 25, 2015 | By BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Ahead of winter storm, Georgia delays woman's execution

ATLANTA - The state of Georgia on Wednesday delayed the execution of its only female death row inmate, ahead of a winter storm forecast to hit many areas with several inches of snow.

February 25, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Snow falls in the South as another storm hits region

Snow fell on the Deep South on Wednesday as another storm brought nasty weather to the region, walloping places that were hit hard just last week.

February 25, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Ga. set to execute only female death row inmate this week

ATLANTA - The daughter of the lone woman on Georgia's death row is asking the state parole board to grant her mother life in prison instead of the death penalty for plotting to have her father killed - even though she says her dad's death was "the most painful experience of my life."

February 23, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Rural health panel backs changes at struggling Georgia hospitals

ATLANTA - A panel studying Georgia's rural health issues on Monday recommended a pilot program pairing four hospitals with other providers in their area, creating a "hub and spoke" model aimed at cutting down on expensive emergency room visits to struggling hospitals.

February 23, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


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