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Pakistani government urges opposition to avoid large election rallies, saying attacks feared

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's government urged opposition leaders Tuesday to refrain from holding rallies ahead of next month's elections, citing an escalating terrorist threat.

January 30, 2008 | By SLOBODAN LEKIC Associated Press Writer | World


Kenyan parliament, meeting for first time since violence, elects opposition figure as speaker

NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's parliament narrowly elected the opposition party's choice as speaker on Tuesday, setting up a new showdown between a president and the rivals who accuse him of rigging his re-election - allegations that have led to weeks of deadly violence.

January 30, 2008 | By MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press Writer | World


Rice, visiting Baghdad, praises steps toward national reconciliation in Iraq

BAGHDAD - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday that Iraq's national reconciliation has moved along ''quite remarkably,'' citing a new law that lets thousands of former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party reclaim government jobs or pensions.

January 30, 2008 | By HAMZA HENDAWI Associated Press Writer | World


Japanese whalers detain activists who boarded their vessel

TOKYO - Japanese whalers detained two activists accused of throwing acid at and illegally boarding their vessel in Antarctica on Tuesday. An official denied claims the men were assaulted and tied to the mast.

January 30, 2008 | By HIROKO TABUCHI Associated Press Writer | World


In the Rust Belt, drugs moved in as steel moved out; the dealers are the ones in flashy SUVs

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. - Amid the bleak, run-down brick buildings, drug dealers drive around in shiny SUVs, Cadillacs and convertibles, the sun glinting off their chrome-plated spinning hubs.

January 30, 2008 | By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI Associated Press Writer | World


Saudi oil minister: Kingdom will raise production only if market justifies it

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia will raise oil production only when the market justifies it, the kingdom's oil minister said Tuesday, in response to President Bush's request that OPEC nations increase output to reduce world oil prices.

January 30, 2008 | By DONNA ABU-NASR Associated Press Writer | World


19 Gazans, Ecuadorean kibbutz volunteer killed in Israeli-Palestinian clashes

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli troops killed a son of Gaza's most powerful leader along with 18 other Palestinians on Tuesday in the bloodiest day of fighting in the coastal area since Hamas militants seized control last summer.

January 30, 2008 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | World


Rice says Arab nations should reach out to Israel to nudge Mideast peace accord

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday that the United States wants Arab nations to do more to reach out to Israelis, as a way to do their part to nudge a Mideast peace accord into being.

January 30, 2008 | By TERENCE HUNT and ANNE GEARAN Associated Press Writer | World


Bush visits ally Saudi Arabia for talks with king amid announcement of major arms deal

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - President Bush delivered a sophisticated weapons sale for Saudi Arabia on Monday, trying to bolster defenses against threats from U.S. adversary Iran and muster support in this oil-rich kingdom for a long-stalled Mideast peace agreement.

January 29, 2008 | By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent | World


Emmanuel’s odyssey: From birth in jungle, childhood of anguish, now back with mother

EL RETORNO, Colombia - On April 16, 2004, an urbane lawyer being held hostage in a guerrilla camp deep in the Colombian jungle gave birth to a boy. The child was delivered by Caesarean section performed with a kitchen knife.

January 29, 2008 | By TOBY MUSE Associated Press Writer | World


Doctors ’amazed’ ex-Indonesian dictator Suharto still alive despite organ failure, pneumonia

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Former dictator Suharto developed pneumonia in one lung, doctors reported Monday, calling it a dangerous new threat for a patient with multiple organ failure. They said they were amazed the 86-year-old was still hanging on.

January 29, 2008 | By NINIEK KARMINI Associated Press Writer | World


Judge gunned down in Baghdad in latest killing of Iraqi professional

BAGHDAD - Gunmen assassinated a high-ranking Sunni judge as he headed to work in Baghdad on Monday, the latest of thousands of professionals killed in unsolved cases since the ouster of Saddam Hussein's regime in 2003.

January 29, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER CHESTER Associated Press Writer | World


Suspected Islamic insurgents behead Thai soldier, kill 7 more troops in rebellious south

NARATHIWAT, Thailand - Suspected Muslim insurgents ambushed an army patrol in Thailand's restive south Monday, killing all eight soldiers and then beheading one of them in a bloody clash as the rebellion enters its fifth year.

January 29, 2008 | By SUMETH PANPETCH Associated Press Writer | World


Protest against maglev train in Shanghai forces government acknowledgement

SHANGHAI, China - Protests by Shanghai residents angry over the proposed extension of a high-tech train line forced the government Monday to acknowledge widespread public concern, in the latest standoff between China's communist authorities and middle-class urban Chinese.

January 29, 2008 | By ELAINE KURTENBACH Associated Press Writer | World


Guatemala to get first leftist president in more than 50 years

GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala on Monday swears in Alvaro Colom, its first leftist president in more than 50 years.

January 29, 2008 | By JUAN CARLOS LLORCA Associated Press Writer | World


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9/11 museum shows SEAL's shirt from bin Laden raid

NEW YORK - The shirt a Navy SEAL wore in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and a special coin given to a CIA officer who played a key role in finding him are being displayed at the Sept. 11 museum, adding potent symbols of the terrorist attacks' aftermath days before their anniversary.

September 07, 2014 | By JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press | World


Arab League chief: Confront Islamic State group

CAIRO - The head of the Arab League urged its members Sunday to confront Islamic State extremists "militarily and politically," issuing an apparent call to arms as President Barack Obama prepares to go to lawmakers and the American public with his own plan to stop the militants.

September 07, 2014 | SARAH EL DEEB and SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press | World


Al-Qaida leader says it has expanded into India

NEW DELHI - Promising to "storm your barricades with cars packed with gunpowder," al-Qaida announced Thursday it had created an Indian branch that the terror network vowed would bring Islamic rule to the entire subcontinent.

September 04, 2014 | By TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press | World


For sale: Century-old cards of Ty Cobb, Cy Young

BIDDEFORD, Maine - A baseball fan took up smoking a century ago and with it acquired another habit: holding onto little cards that bore the faces of baseball's earliest greats.

September 01, 2014 | By DAVID SHARP Associated Press | World


Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

WASHINGTON - As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers who have studied the issue, though, are divided on the question.

September 01, 2014 | By JOAN LOWY Associated Press | World


US trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

WASHINGTON - Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show.

August 31, 2014 | By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press | World


Iraqi forces break militant siege of Shiite town

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, as a suicide bombing killed 14 people in Anbar western province, officials said.

August 31, 2014 | By SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press | World


UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000

GENEVA - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are known now, the World Health Organization said Thursday as the United States announced plans to test an experimental Ebola vaccine.

August 28, 2014 | By JOHN HEILPRIN and KRISTA LARSON Associated Press | World


Russian columns enter Ukraine; leader urges calm

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine - Two columns of tanks and military vehicles rolled into southeastern Ukraine from Russia on Thursday after Grad missiles were fired at a border post and Ukraine's overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said.

August 28, 2014 | By DALTON BENNETT and RAF CASERT Associated Press | World


Arab strikes in Libya show impatience with US

WASHINGTON - Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya, the United States publicly acknowledged Tuesday, another sharp jolt to American-led attempts over the past three years to stabilize Libya after dictator Moammar Gadhafi's overthrow.

August 26, 2014 | By BRADLEY KLAPPER and MAGGIE MICHAEL Associated Press | World


Gaza truce open-ended, but puts off tough issues

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting - an uneasy deal that halts the deadliest war the sides have fought in years, with more than 2,200 killed, but puts off the most difficult issues.

August 26, 2014 | By KARIN LAUB and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH Associated Press | World


UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

WASHINGTON - Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous - and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.

August 26, 2014 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | World


Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Gen. Martin Dempsey said Sunday that once he determines the Islamic State militants in Iraq have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland, he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against the group in Syria.

August 25, 2014 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press | World


Farmers' Almanac predicts another nasty winter

LEWISTON, Maine - The folks at the Farmers' Almanac can be forgiven for feeling smug: The 198-year-old publication correctly predicted the past nasty winter while federal forecasters blew it.

August 24, 2014 | By DAVID SHARP Associated Press | World


American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

WASHINGTON - As the U.S. mourned an American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria.

August 24, 2014 | By JIM KUHNHENN and RYAN LUCAS Associated Press | World


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