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Castro on ballot as Cuba votes for new parliament

HAVANA - Cubans ratified a slate of parliamentary candidates on Sunday including Fidel Castro, the ailing 81-year-old leader who has not been seen in public for nearly 18 months.

February 04, 2008 | By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press Writer | World


Gaza City plunged into darkness by power cut after Israel blocks fuel supplies

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gaza City was plunged into darkness Sunday after Israel blocked the shipment of fuel that powers its only electrical plant in retaliation for persistent rocket attacks by Gaza militants.

February 04, 2008 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | World


Ultranationalist leads Serbian presidential vote but runoff expected

BELGRADE, Serbia - An ally of late autocrat Slobodan Milosevic edged ahead of the pro-Western incumbent in Serbia's presidential election Sunday, but failed to win an outright majority, according to independent monitors and partial official results.

February 04, 2008 | By DUSAN STOJANOVIC Associated Press Writer | World


Pakistan pounds militant positions in extremist stronghold near Afghan border

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The Pakistani military pounded an extremist stronghold Sunday near the Afghan border where a rebel leader blamed for the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is believed to be hiding, officials and witnesses said.

February 04, 2008 | By CHRIS BRUMMITT Associated Press Writer | World


US says attacks from Iranian armor-piercing bombs down in Iraq; suicide bomb kills 6

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military worried Sunday about "mixed messages" from Iran, listing a dramatic drop in Iranian-made weapons reaching Iraq but no reduction in the training and financing of Shiite militants.

February 04, 2008 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | World


11 Afghans killed in roadside bomb, attack on convoy, officials say

KABUL, Afghanistan - A roadside bomb probably intended for Afghan or NATO forces killed five civilians in southern Afghanistan, while militants killed six Afghans driving a convoy of trucks to a NATO base, officials said Sunday.

February 04, 2008 | The Associated Press | World


Joyon beats MacArthur's around-the-world sailing record, finishing in 57 days

BREST, France - Francis Joyon had no heat, no companions and little sleep for nearly two months as he sailed around the globe. Now he has a stunning world record.

February 04, 2008 | By FRANCK JOURDAIN Associated Press Writer | World


US troops fought 3 days on foot in takeover of Taliban-held town

MUSA QALA, Afghanistan - Chinook helicopters dropped Capt. Don Canterna's company of soldiers on the dusty outskirts of Musa Qala as evening fell. Loaded down with weapons, food, and water, his men walked through the night.

February 04, 2008 | By JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press Writer | World


Saudi couple divorced in absentia remain apart despite 2-year struggle

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Two years ago, a knock on Fatima and Mansour al-Timani's door shattered the life they had built together.

February 04, 2008 | By DONNA ABU-NASR Associated Press Writer | World


If the world embraces nuclear energy, where will the deadly waste go?

BEAUMONT-HAGUE, France - Thousands of canisters of highly radioactive waste from the world's most nuclear-energized nation lie, silent and deadly, beneath this jutting tip of Normandy. Above ground, cows graze and Atlantic waves crash into heather-covered hills.

February 04, 2008 | By ANGELA CHARLTON Associated Press Writer | World


Chavez warns he could take control of Venezuelan banks that fail to finance agriculture

CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez threatened on Saturday to take control of banks that fail to meet state-imposed loaning requirements designed to benefit Venezuela's farmers.

February 03, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER Associated Press Writer | World


Shiites head home from Iraqi festival after a relatively peaceful Ashoura

BAGHDAD - Hundreds of thousands of Shiite Muslims clambered aboard buses or began trekking homeward on foot Saturday at the end of Ashoura, a 10-day ritual to cleanse the spirit and scourge the body in honor of their founding saint.

February 03, 2008 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | World


Israeli airstrike kills 2 Hamas militants in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli aircraft killed two Hamas militants in Gaza fighting early Saturday and Palestinians lobbed three rockets into Israel, a day after Israel sealed the borders and bombed an empty Hamas building.

February 03, 2008 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | World


Kenyan opposition, bloodied by protests, calls for another day of rallies

NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's opposition party, determined to bring down President Mwai Kibaki's government, called Saturday for another day of "peaceful rallies" despite the deaths of more than 20 people in this week's demonstrations.

February 03, 2008 | By KATHARINE HOURELD Associated Press Writer | World


14 terror suspects arrested in Spain may have been planning Barcelona attack, minister says

MADRID, Spain - Police arrested 14 suspected Islamic militants in early morning raids Saturday, amid fears the men were plotting a terrorist attack in Barcelona, the interior minister said.

February 03, 2008 | By HAROLD HECKLE 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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