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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


Guatemala hopes new presidential duo — peacemaker and heart surgeon — can do some healing

GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala's new president, Alvaro Colom received training as a Mayan priest. His vice president is a heart surgeon.

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


Sicilian businessmen openly defying the Mafia in rebellion shaking Cosa Nostra to its core

PALERMO, Sicily - When it came down to business, Cosa Nostra could always count on fear.

January 29, 2008 | By FRANCES D’EMILIO Associated Press Writer | World


Explosion, gunfire at luxury hotel in Afghan capital kill 6, including an American

KABUL, Afghanistan - Militants stormed Kabul's most popular luxury hotel Monday, killing at least six people as they hunted down Westerners who cowered in a gym - a coordinated assault that could signal a new era of brazen Taliban attacks.

January 29, 2008 | By JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press Writer | World


Schools in Zimbabwe face bleak start to new year as water woes and supply shortages worsen

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Rowdy crowds formed at clothing stores Monday in Zimbabwe as anxious parents searched for uniforms for a new school year overshadowed by rocketing fees, shortages of basic supplies and lack of electricity.

January 29, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | World


Developing world’s role in nuclear renaissance raises safety concerns

VIENNA, Austria - Global warming and rocketing oil prices are making nuclear power fashionable, drawing a once demonized industry out of the shadows of the Chernobyl disaster as a potential shining knight of clean energy.

January 28, 2008 | By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press Writer | World


Former Indonesian dictator Suharto shows signs of improvement after organ failure

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Doctors struggling to prolong the life of former dictator Suharto said he was showing slight signs of improvement Saturday, a day after he suffered organ failure and was placed on a ventilator. Asked if he was in pain, the 86-year-old nodded 'yes' before drifting back to sleep.

January 27, 2008 | By NINIEK KARMINI Associated Press Writer | World


Bush says no decision yet on deepening drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq

MANAMA, Bahrain - President Bush said Saturday he is open to the possibility of slowing or stopping plans to bring home more U.S. troops from Iraq, defying domestic demands to speed the withdrawals. Updated on war developments, Bush said the U.S. presence in Iraq will outlast his presidency.

January 27, 2008 | By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent | World


From sanctuary to war zone: Rangers, gorillas threatened in Congo’s turbulent heart

VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, Congo - Not far from a hillside where several mountain gorillas shot dead last summer lie buried, park ranger Innocent Mburanumwe peers across a primordial canopy of treetops into what may be the most dangerous game reserve on earth.

January 27, 2008 | By TODD PITMAN Associated Press Writer | World


Fuel tanker catches fire in Nigeria; many feared dead, police say

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria - A speeding fuel tanker crashed and spilled its cargo Saturday in Nigeria's main southern city, and as many as three dozen people were feared dead in the resulting fire, police and witnesses said.

January 27, 2008 | By UFFORD WILSON Associated Press Writer | World


China’s notoriously dangerous coal mines claimed 3,786 lives in 2007, state media report

BEIJING - Accidents in China's notoriously dangerous coal mines killed nearly 3,800 people last year, state media reported Saturday - a toll that is a marked improvement from previous years, but still leaves China's mines the world's deadliest.

January 27, 2008 | The Associated Press | World


Human rights workers say politicians paying militias in worst of Kenyan violence

NAIROBI, Kenya - The price for burning down a home: 500 shillings, or about $8. Double that to have someone hacked to death.

January 27, 2008 | By MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press Writer | World


Taiwan opposition wins elections by landslide, in blow to government’s hardline China policies

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party won a landslide victory in legislative elections Saturday, dealing a humiliating blow to the government's hardline China policies two months before a presidential poll.

January 27, 2008 | By PETER ENAV Associated Press Writer | World


Developing world’s role in nuclear renaissance raises safety concerns

VIENNA, Austria - Global warming and rocketing oil prices are making nuclear power fashionable, drawing a once demonized industry out of the shadows of the Chernobyl disaster as a potential shining knight of clean energy.

January 27, 2008 | By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press Writer | World


Opposition scores big win in Taiwan legislative elections

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party won a landslide victory in legislative elections Saturday, giving a big boost to its policy of closer engagement with China two months before a presidential poll it now seems poised to win.

January 27, 2008 | By PETER ENAV Associated Press Writer | World


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US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

WASHINGTON - Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border.

July 27, 2014 | By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press | World


Police hunt for 2 who carjacked SUV, killed 3 kids

PHILADELPHIA - Police are searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit to raise money for their church, killing three kids and critically injuring their mother and the carjacking victim. Another woman was hurt but is in stable condition.

July 26, 2014 | Associated Press | World


US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

WASHINGTON - The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.

July 26, 2014 | By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press | World


Cause sought for gunfight between patient, doctor

DARBY, Pa. - Authorities are attempting to determine why a man identified as a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a hospital complex in a Philadelphia suburb and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own gun and wounded the patient had concerns about him.

July 25, 2014 | Associated Press | World


Toppled crosses in China spur defiance

WUXI VILLAGE, China - The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month.

July 25, 2014 | By DIDI TANG Associated Press | World


Rebels release train with bodies from downed Malaysian jet

HRABOVE, Ukraine - Bowing to international pressure Monday, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

July 21, 2014 | By NICOLAS GARRIGA and NICOLAE DUMITRACHE Associated Press | World


Dutch anger swells at treatment of Ukraine bodies

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - It is no longer only grief and mourning sweeping across the Netherlands in the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. It is now anger.

July 21, 2014 | By MIKE CORDER Associated Press | World


Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies

NEW YORK - Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.

July 20, 2014 | By FRAZIER MOORE Associated Press | World


Scores dead in first major ground battle in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price Sunday: It killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their neighborhood, reportedly used to launch rockets at Israel and now devastated by the fighting.

July 20, 2014 | By KARIN LAUB and TIA GOLDENBERG Associated Press | World


Rory McIlroy builds 6-shot lead at British Open

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy knows how quickly a big lead can slip away, so he wasn't satisfied by simply restoring it Saturday in the British Open.

July 19, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON Associated Press | World


Officials: Unlicensed mortician had remains of 50

BOSTON - An unlicensed funeral director accused of stealing more than $12,000 from an elderly couple could face more charges after authorities found 12 bodies and the cremated remains of more than 40 others in two self-storage units he rented, authorities said Friday.

July 19, 2014 | By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press | World


Agency toughens protections for pregnant workers

WASHINGTON - For the first time in 30 years, the federal government is issuing new guidelines designed to protect pregnant workers from on-the-job discrimination.

July 15, 2014 | By TOM RAUM Associated Press | World


Babe Ruth's Boston contract fetches $1M at auction

BALTIMORE - Babe Ruth's 1918 contract with the Boston Red Sox has sold for more than $1 million, along with other baseball memorabilia up for auction in Baltimore.

July 13, 2014 | Associated Press | World


Twins brew up self-serve beer for All Star Game

MINNEAPOLIS - It's BYOB at the home of the Minnesota Twins for this week's All Star Game.

July 11, 2014 | By KYLE POTTER Associated Press | World


Officers say no 'stand-down order' for Benghazi

WASHINGTON - Military officers testified that there was no "stand-down order" that held back military assets that could have saved the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans killed at a diplomatic outpost and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya. Their testimony undercut the contention of Republican lawmakers.

July 11, 2014 | By BRADLEY KLAPPER and DONNA CASSATA Associated Press | World


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